Hunter Biden Embraces 'Art for Art's Sake: No Interest in Making Money
Hunter Biden has revealed the humble ethos that drives his newfound love of painting. He told Vanity Fair a recent Manhattan gallery show left him thrilled because “I wasn’t there to sell my art” and people going “wow” is its own reward.
The president’s son opened up about his self-effacing objective in the magazine interview, explaining the creative process satisfies him rather than tawdry suggestions he is only in it to trade off the family name.
Hunter claims about 95 per cent of the people at his recent opening in New York City were people he knew rather than art speculators. They included such celebrities as Moby, graphic artist Shepard Fairey – who designed the Obama ‘Hope’ poster – and Sugar Ray Leonard.
“I wasn’t there to sell my art. I wasn’t there to talk about my art. I wasn’t there to explain myself, or explain what my art represented. All I had to do was watch people go, ‘Wow,'” the 51-year-old said.
“And I knew that that’s what they would do, not because I was overly confident about it. I’m sure some people didn’t like some paintings, or some people thought that that was too abstract, or some people thought that that was too figurative. But I didn’t care. I truly didn’t care.”
He called putting paint on canvas “the most true thing that I’ve ever done,” after previously saluting himself for his “courageous” work and business model.
Hunter Biden proclaimed Thursday it is "courageous" to sell "art" to "anonymous" investors for $500,000.00. https://t.co/spF9lcjsY9
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 31, 2021
Even though Hunter is eschewing the pursuit of dollars for paintings, others are interested in why he is doing it at all.
As Breitbart News reported, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in 2022, has called for a full select committee investigation into Hunter Biden’s art dealings.
The Alabama Republican suggested the investigation take place once Republicans took control of the House of Representatives after the 2022 elections.
Paintings by Hunter Biden are seen as Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) questions Attorney General Merrick Garland about price fixing during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the Department of Justice on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
“While Socialist Democrats claim you can identify as just about anything you want, everyone can agree that Hunter Biden can’t identify as an artist,” Brooks said in a statement given to Breitbart News.
“Despite this, his paintings sell for tens of thousands of dollars. The White House released a report that the art market is ripe for financial corruption. Yet somehow, they claim Hunter is immune from this. It’s quite apparent that people are not paying these outrageous prices for the ‘art.’”
White House Under Fire After Hunter Biden Art Show Ethics Debacle pic.twitter.com/wviqLfFJOr
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 7, 2021
Others are just as worried about the principles involved in those who sell art to anonymous buyers – including the White House, which has flagged the practice for investigation.
Hunter has reportedly sold multiple pieces of art for at least $75,000 this fall to anonymous buyers, and the New York Times reported first lady Jill Biden has allegedly displayed Hunter’s artwork in the White House.
There are critics enough who simply pan the works as amateur and contrived daubings of an enthusiast who can somehow hold exhibitions where paintings are sold for up to $500,000.Jack Knudsen
Hunter Biden’s art dealer, Georges Bergès, begs to differ. He announced to the New York Times in October that Hunter’s artwork is a testament to the “American story.”
To that end, Bergès has reportedly managed to sell multiple paintings by his untrained client for a total of $375,000.