- Anti-Obama Art Selling For Six Figures
- The Forgotten Man: a fitting oil painting for Trump's America
- The Trump administration’s unofficial artist is weird as hell
Anti-Obama Art Selling For Six Figures
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Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton is a zealous Donald Trump admirer, alternately depicting the president as a gallant statesman , an impassioned defender of tattered American flags, and a unwavering opponent of losers. Though McNaughton has been lauded by Trump confidant and esteemed art critic Sean Hannity and conservative news outlets , his work has earned him a fair share of detractors as well. The U. Ever the patient teacher, the saintly Donald extends a golden fish hook to the spiritually bereft man. My new painting, "Teach a Man a Fish. It doesn't mean he will use it.
The detailed image takes some unpicking: In front of a twilit White House, with the American flag at half-mast, all the past presidents of the US are gathered. Closest to him stand presumably Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who hold out their hands to him as they look beseechingly to the figure on the right: Barack Obama. Obama stands aloof, arms folded, looking away, surrounded by an applauding gaggle including Bill Clinton and Franklin Roosevelt. He plans to present it to Trump to hang in the White House. It winds the clock back to the wholesome, easily legible Americana of Norman Rockwell — which was itself a repudiation of modern art, a retreat into the representational certainties of a time when the US was presumably last great. Behind him is pantheon of patriots, soldiers and religious figures.
The Forgotten Man: a fitting oil painting for Trump's America
The Trump administration’s unofficial artist is weird as hell
But, then, dismalness is its subject. With the White House in a crepuscular background, its flag at half-staff, all forty-four U. Presidents are gathered behind and to the sides of a hunky, hangdog young white guy, who sits on a park bench. The ground is littered with dollar bills—a reference to excessive government spending. Most of the former chief executives look on blandly, but some heroes among them—mainly Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan—react with evident concern for the young guy and with dismay toward Obama, while a few villains, notably F. James Madison leans forward, seemingly bent on rescuing the Constitution from ignominy.
You won't see it at the Whitney, but the hottest contemporary art on the market right now features a devilish President Barack Obama burning the Constitution. The first in his series of paintings, titled "One Nation Under God," features Jesus Christ holding up the Constitution in Washington, DC, surrounded by an audience of historic figures like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, kneeling soldiers, and an astronaut. An audience of former presidents looks on—favorites Lincoln, Reagan, and the Founding Fathers appear to be imploring Obama to stop, while big government liberals like FDR and Bill Clinton are pictured applauding. Like Norman Rockwell, McNaughton stages the scenes for his paintings with real human beings. The model who played Obama does not want his name to be revealed publically. To best capture what it would look like to burn the Constitution, McNaughton, who attended Brigham Young University on a full arts scholarship, lit a piece of paper on fire and watched it burn. One type of art trying to tell everyone else what real art is.
The 43 men who as of had served as President of the United States are gathered in a park in front of the White House, above which the American flag can be seen, at half mast. In general, the 18th and 19th century presidents are on the left, the later ones on the right, some appear lost in thought while others, Bill Clinton and the two Roosevelts, are applauding. The only non-president in the painting is a young man, who sits alone on a park bench, hunched over in despair, contemplating his future.