|The art exhibition and display of gifts and photos |
at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
George W. Bush's ART
NOW A PAINTER!
|Painted Portraits by former President George W. Bush.|
Former President George W. Bush has taken up painting, inspired to some degree, by the writings and artworks of Winston Churchill. A major exhibition of his work opened on April 5, 2014 at the one-year-old George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, on the SMU campus. There his Library and Museum provide access to presidential materials, the archives and the artifacts of the George W. Bush Administration (including 80 terabytes of digital information, more than 200 million e-mails and more than 43,000 artifacts).
|(Above) The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum|
is the 13th such resource in the nation operated by
the National Archives and Records Administration, a federal agency.
|The George W. Bush Presidential Center is comprised of his library, institute, and foundation. It occupies a 226,565-square-foot-building on the SMU campus, surrounded by Texas prairie landscaping.|
|The George W. Bush Institute (pictured) is an independent public policy organization,|
reporting to the Bush Foundation.
The museum's art exhibition is titled "The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy". It features more than two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits of world leaders whom George W. Bush met on the world stage, during his tenure as the 43rd President of the United States, plus a self-portrait and a portrait of his father.
| A painted portrait of the artist's father, |
the 41st President of the United States,
George H. W. Bush
|Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.|
|Tony Blair of Britain.|
George W.Bush started painting only two years ago, after reading "Panting as a Pastime", an essay by WWII English Prime Minister and painter Winston Churchill.
|Winston Churchill's studio and paintings.|
The first of his artworks seen by the public were somehow gathered through social media and leaked onto the internet. They included a portrait of his Scottish terrier Barney and his self-portraits (one in a bathtub and the other in the shower).
|Bush's Scottish terrier "Barney."|
|George W. Bush, self-portrait in a bath.|
|George W. Bush, self-portrait in a shower.|
A painted portrait was presented to Jay Leno, the talk show host, by former President Bush on national television before Leno's job with "Tonight" show ended.
|Jay Leno's Portrait by G.W.B.|
|Bush and Leno looking at the former President's art gift.|
Other U.S. Presidents who took up painting include Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter. As former President Bush puts it, he is trying to bring out his inner Rembrandt.
|Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.|
|His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.|
If Rembrandt's style is his goal, his current primitive and amateurish works need practice. On the other hand, if a Chelsea gallerist or museum curator were to view his painting as an unknown emerging contemporary artist, his work would catch their eye and compete very well when compared to current art stars like Elizabeth Peyton and Billy Sullivan. To President G.W. Bush's credit, there is also a consistency of technique throughout this entire exhibition, which is admirable for an artist.
EXAMPLE OF TWO CURRENT FAMOUS ARTIST WHO PAINT IN A SIMILAR STYLE TO G. W. Bush.
|A painting by current art star Elizabeth Peyton.|
|The detail of a painting by the |
contemporary artist Billy Sullivan.
Former President George W. Bush is receiving tremendous press coverage over his new career and has received a 99.9% positive rating for what he is creating. Everyone seems to be wishing him well on this new frontier - The Art World!
|Self-portrait by former President George W. Bush.|
The ticketed exhibition is open to the public at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, SMU campus, Dallas, Texas, during normal business hours until June 3rd, 2014. For more photos of the exhibition go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/georgewbushcenter/13622415065/in/photostream/
Collectibles for sale at the Presidential Center gift shop:
|Dog Painting buttons.|
|The Art of Leadership|
Gallery Booklet, $20
|Exhibition postcard. $1.98|
(Source, The George W. Bush Presidential Center + Google, Wikipedia + information gleaned from various news organizations covering this subject.)
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