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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

So, are George W. Bush’s paintings any good?


At least there are no semi-nudes this time.

This painting, "Miss Beazley," is a work that former President George W. Bush did of his Scottish terrier.

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This painting, "Miss Beazley," is a work that former President George W. Bush did of his Scottish terrier.

Whether you like it or not, he's back, y'all -- at least for a week or two during the multitudinous festivities surrounding the dedication and opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center SMU. And, while the 43rd president of the United States of America has spent the last five years laying low, that doesn't meant he hasn't been busy enjoying his retirement. As it turns out, the former POTUS has taken up painting, and he shared his work exclusively with the Dallas Morning News.

The story of W.'s new hobby broke a few months ago when hackers discovered photographs of odd paintings allegedly by George W. Bush in his private email account. Depicting what appears to be self-portraits of Mr. Bush undressed while soaking in a bath tub and looking vaguely confused while showering, those paintings practically begged for comedic psychoanalysis.

This painting, "Prairie Chapel Ranch at Dusk," is a work that former President George W. Bush did of his ranch in Crawford, outside of Waco.

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This painting, "Prairie Chapel Ranch at Dusk," is a work that former President George W. Bush did of his ranch in Crawford, outside of Waco.

Those paintings must have been good PR, though. The Washington Post reports that W.'s approval rating recently reached its highest point in seven years. His newly released, verified work is much less exhibitionist, and honestly a bit quotidian for the man who once referred to himself as "the Decider."

Many will be however relieved to note that Bush is trying his hand at projects of mass construction these days. It remains unclear if he has taken lessons -- Gawker reports that he has -- or if these are products of a few lost evenings at Painting With a Twist (sans the Pinot, of course). It seems safe to suggest that the paintings won't be hanging unironically on gallery or art museum walls anytime soon, though it's interesting to see the prez's interest in artistic endeavors.

This painting, "Crawford Breezeway," is a piece former President George W. Bush did of a room at his ranch in Crawford, near Waco.

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This painting, "Crawford Breezeway," is a piece former President George W. Bush did of a room at his ranch in Crawford, near Waco.

The most interesting aspect of the four-piece collection we've seen is a fluid and watery scene from what appears to be a dining table overlooking a living room and floor-to-ceiling windows called "Crawford Breezeway." While the subject itself is fairly prosaic, the feeling of looking out through a fishbowl into a blurred world is notable. Intentionally foregoing any Katrina comparisons -- as it is always "too soon" in that regard -- we'll instead mention the technically bizarre ceiling fan, disproportional and somewhat comically reminiscent of a cephalopod.

This painting, "Barney," is a piece that former President George W. Bush did of his late Scottish terrier Barney. The dog died in February 2013.

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This painting, "Barney," is a piece that former President George W. Bush did of his late Scottish terrier Barney. The dog died in February 2013.

Interesting, too, are his takes on the family's famed Scottish terriers, Miss Beazley (above) and the recently-departed Barney (on right). While neither portrait is particularly memorable as a work of art, they do depict a couple of incredibly cute North Texas pups that would constitute fine additions to the Pegasus Pet Gallery.



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whocareswhatithink, anonymous:

I can’t 'Decide' if you are trying to use humor as critique his art or his presidency?

But I did find humor in you getting your “art lesson” information from Gawker….Try researching Bonnie Flood the art teacher, not Bonnie Floor who Gawker seems to quoted

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jtipping, anonymous:

I actually kind of love these paintings. I'm not sure why, they just seem so ... well, human ... and I like that in a president, ex- or otherwise .

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dmullins248, anonymous:

They are fantastic, I would love to own one, shows his human and caring side, he is real and not a "fake" like the current occupier in chief!

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wolfeye4321, anonymous:

I want the "Crawford Breezeway" badly. Offering $5000.

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dirtpoor101, anonymous:

He's a better painter than he was a president :D

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bud, anonymous:

They such just like this terms in office

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scooter1904, anonymous:

When "He" was on the "Pile"................"He" was loved.....Like no other...... Shame...........................................

mbertone, anonymous:

AWESOME WORK BY W.!

elzbieta8888, anonymous:

No, those paintings are not good. Like by a talented teenager, (but not a very talented one). Amateurish, tacky. Many people can paint like that. It is fine as a hobby, but not as real art. He would be in trouble in art school, realistic painting requires more understanding that this what is shown here. But people may like it, as those are by a former president.

5000$ for one of his paintings? Never. (Unless someone wants it because it was painted by someone famous. Much much cheaper, and similar quality you would get something by some talented high school student, there are plenty of those. Or something better by art school student. For 5000$ you can get a decent work of art by middle career professional artist, don't need to buy a tucky stuff by an amateur.

bert, anonymous:

I love Bush for the reaction he gets from all the commi losers whose ass he kicked.

ossurworld, anonymous:

These works are creative expressions. How nice that he has a creative streak and can, like Winston Churchill, present another side of his personality.

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