An Honest Appraisal Of George W. Bush’s Art Work

Amelia McDonell-Parry | February 9, 2013 - 9:00 am

Yesterday, we told you that the Bush family emails had been hacked and various personal information had been leaked on the internet. Among the spoils? Photos of a few of President George W. Bush’s paintings.  Apparently, after ol’ Dubya left the White House and no longer had an ill-advised war in Iraq to run, he got bored and needed a hobby. So he picked up a paintbrush and voila! Though he normally favors painting dogs and landscapes, Bush apparently has gone through a self-portrait phase of late. I wonder if he painted the one on the right in the bath or from memory? Personally, I think George shows a natural affinity for capturing depth, but his attention to detail, particularly when painting his own face, needs work. If I were a collector, I would pass on The Shower, but would definitely consider buying The Bath if it was under $100.

I asked my mom, who’s a wonderful painter (yes, I am biased, but seriously, she’s wonnnnderful), for her artistic critique of Dubya’s work. Here is what she said:

Here is my initial response:
1. Oh my.
2. He could use some lessons in Anatomy, Composition, well … the list goes on.
3. I hate to say it, but some of his paintings look like paintings I’ve seen in galleries. Honestly.
4. I think the fact that he chose to paint himself in the bathroom is curious.
5. I will refrain from further comments lest I lapse into a rage over what he did before he took up painting. I wish he had taken up painting instead of running for President.