Are you ready for the George W. Bush portrait exhibition?

posted at 11:21 am on April 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

The showstopper is the one of Putin, which nails those dead, beady eyes. He looks even more like a Bond villain here than he does in real life.

The Times wonders why the public is so intrigued by Dubya’s second career:

Many have wondered whether Mr. Bush is working through some unresolved issues through his art, but friends say it is a way of channeling a restless spirit now that he has left politics behind. “Fundamentally, he’s a guy with a lot of energy,” said Mark McKinnon, his former political consultant. “And he needs a pursuit to help burn it off. And it may seem counterintuitive, but it’s also how he relaxes.”

Mr. Bush is not the first presidential painter. Ulysses S. Grant studied painting while at West Point and produced landscapes and western scenes. Dwight D. Eisenhower picked up the hobby later in life, after World War II, but still produced scores of known paintings. Jimmy Carter has painted nature scenes and one of his works was even sold at auction for $250,000 in 2012 for charity.

Somehow, though, Mr. Bush’s dabbling seems to have captured more attention, if for no other reason than it seemed surprising that the “war president,” as he liked to call himself, had an artistic side – one that even he apparently did not know about. Just as surprising was that his early work drew generous reviews from some art critics not known for conservative politics.

Right. The caricature of Bush as an incurious brute is so entrenched in some quarters that this can’t help but seem revelatory. To liberals, it must be like watching a chimp play piano. Beyond that, though, it confounds the public suspicion that politicians have no hobbies except politics. I remember a comedian, maybe Dennis Miller, noting years ago that people were bowled over when candidate Bill Clinton played saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show because it suggested that he had interests apart from accumulating power. (Little did we know.) Not too many “soulful” pols running around D.C. lately, or so it often seems. It’s amusing that the left’s least favorite one is among them.

Can’t wait until former President Obama starts writing poetry or whatever. What rhymes with “stinkburger”?

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A perfect example of how the left was able to define guys like W with the help of their buddies in the MSM…as we let them ….over and over. Look at Cruz,Palin, etc.

CW on April 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

any obama poetry will be ghostwritten.

truthalwayswins on April 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

CW on April 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Open to any ideas about how “we” can stop them.

rhombus on April 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Rent-Free.

Del Dolemonte on April 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

…no…I’m waiting for the JugEars portrait of the future…with the Dumbo ears!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

NYT doesn’t seem to be allowing any comments with this story. Wonder why?

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Del Dolemonte on April 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

What rhymes with “stinkburger”?

Obamacare.

Oh, sorry. You said “rhymes”. Could have sworn you said “is synonymous”.

Well, if you like your rhymes…

JohnGalt23 on April 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Nice to see GW has found some peace and passion in his life.

jake-the-goose on April 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Can’t wait until former President Obama starts writing poetry or whatever.

He’ll form a blue ribbon committee to do that for him. That way if it goes bad,…well, you know the drill.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Sorry OT but did the HHS really start applications for Obamacare for Americans????

http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamacare-applications-prior-to-deadlineobtained-personal-info-from-states/

CW on April 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Can’t wait until former President Obama starts writing poetry or whatever. What rhymes with “stinkburger”?

Oh please! The rat-eared wonder is clearly only semi-literate (remember corpse-man) and intellectually incurious to the point he confuses the Malvinas for the Maldives in a speech where he was sucking up to the socialists of Argentina. He calls Hawaii part of Asia. He signs the wrong day and year at Westminster Abbey.

Unless reading the teleprompter becomes “a thing” then he’ll just leave creative endeavors to Bill Ayers (or some other cop-killing terrorist) to write his post-Presidency memiors while he goes off and golfs or something.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Can’t wait until former President Obama starts writing poetry or whatever.

Bill Ayers will write it for Obama…

“Socialist, commie,
I want my
mommie
Jeans.
I did in two
terms to the
US
what the
USSR could
not do
in 50.
Good bye US
A.”

albill on April 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Nice to see GW has found some peace and passion in his life.

jake-the-goose on April 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I’d argue that GWB found peace and passion in his life long before he ever became President. That’s one of the things that drove the left crazy. GWB knew who he was and not some fake facade like a serial rapist from Arkansas or a community agitator from Chicago. Facades of respectability produced by millions of dollars in image making (Some people even think that Obama is highly intelligent and a decent human being).

GWB was happy to go to the ranch and clear brush. The media, which had been used to the trips to the Cape with the Clintons, were less endeared with having to spend August in Waco.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Obamacare.

Oh, sorry. You said “rhymes”. Could have sworn you said “is synonymous”.

Well, if you like your rhymes…

JohnGalt23 on April 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Well played.

rbj on April 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Sorry OT but did the HHS really start applications for Obamacare for Americans????

http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamacare-applications-prior-to-deadlineobtained-personal-info-from-states/

CW on April 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

…I’m sure the MSM is sending ‘investigative’ reporters to all the states…to figure out how the 7.1 million applications…suddenly was attained!/

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

C/b worse – we could get Bill Clinton’s or obama’s.

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The stinkburger currently in DC

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I think he’s a good man. A good man is tough to recognize these days, as there aren’t a lot of them, particularly in politics. This is sweet.

Halli Casser-Jayne
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The CJ Political Report on April 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM

any obama poetry will be ghostwritten.

truthalwayswins on April 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

… and the parts not ghostwritten will be composites of actual people and events.

Madcap_Magician on April 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Great interview

gophergirl on April 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

He is a younger retiree who is still in excellent shape. I think that Dubya was probably bored out of his mind and driving Laura crazy so she made him get a hobby.

Illinidiva on April 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I’d argue that GWB found peace and passion in his life long before he ever became President. That’s one of the things that drove the left crazy. GWB knew who he was and not some fake facade like a serial rapist from Arkansas or a community agitator from Chicago. Facades of respectability produced by millions of dollars in image making (Some people even think that Obama is highly intelligent and a decent human being).

GWB was happy to go to the ranch and clear brush. The media, which had been used to the trips to the Cape with the Clintons, were less endeared with having to spend August in Waco.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

√√√

slickwillie2001 on April 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I am ready to never hear about Bush again.

rickv404 on April 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

“driving Laura crazy”

“I swear Geo., either u start drinking again or u do something useful with yerself!”
:-)
:-)

ABreitbart on April 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I miss that man.

GOPRanknFile on April 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I am ready to never hear about Bush again.

rickv404 on April 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I think just about everyone here is ready to never hear from rickv404 again.

GOPRanknFile on April 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I’m glad W is painting but the work isn’t ready for exhibition.

He’s getting bad advice…imho…showing too early…

But that said he’s enjoying himself so keep painting W….work gets better with practice.
Winston Churchill worked a lot on his skills as a painter so W is in good company.

That’s my opinion as a professionally trained and practicing artist/painter.

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

To liberals, it must be like watching a chimp play piano. Beyond that, though, it confounds the public suspicion that politicians have no hobbies except politics.

I don’t think W is approaching this endeavor as a hobby.

He’s expressing too interesting traits.

He’s naturally modest and realistic about his progress (He’s still learning the fundamentals of the medium and seeing) and he’s exhibiting his efforts.

His output goes beyond the usual hobbyist unless they sell their wares.

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I think I might go see the exhibition anyway…live in the same town.

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

He’s getting bad advice…imho…showing too early…

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Oh, I don’t know about that. From the pictures his work, while crude, doesn’t seem any worse than some of the stuff I’ve seen shown by so-called “professional” artists. Personally, it’s impressive that he started in on portraits instead of bowls of fruit or something.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

He’s getting bad advice…imho…showing too early…

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Oh, I don’t know about that. From the pictures his work, while crude, doesn’t seem any worse than some of the stuff I’ve seen shown by so-called “professional” artists. Personally, it’s impressive that he started in on portraits instead of bowls of fruit or something.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Well I’m a figurative painter…so I wish he’d study the figure and not rely on photographs. If he were my student he’d be doing that. He’s ambitious and that’s a good thing…He challenges himself.

In terms of ideas…he’s doing well narratively.

My observations have to do with technique which is still rough.

That said the paintings can’t be judged accurately from photos…no paintings can…so I’ll go see them.

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I am ready to never hear about Bush again.

rickv404 on April 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

How are those War Crime Trials at The Hague going, and why was Colon Powell’s name magically removed from the list of those being charged?

Oh, that’s right, because he endorsed O’bama!

Sorry, but I liked the rickv403 Unit much better…

Del Dolemonte on April 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Love this…I also loved that statement he made about 10 years ago who would of thought he would be painting and his daughter would be working at NBC, made me literally lol…What a kind, decent soul he is

sadsushi on April 4, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Time is showing that George W. Bush is a decent man who loves his family and his country. He has a great sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

I met a man once who was a Bush donor and who got to meet him and get his photo taken. I asked this guy what GWB was like. He said that he was a “guy” and someone you would enjoy having a beer with.

There was a time when decent men occupied the White House. . . .

Mallard T. Drake on April 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM