President Joe Biden’s crack-smoking son, Hunter, is reportedly once again hawking his “art” for big bucks.
On Friday the troubled 52-year-old debuted his latest art exhibition, “Haiku,” at New York City’s Georges Bergès Gallery.
According to The Daily Beast, the pieces were all put up for sale for prices ranging from as little as $55,000 to as much as $225,000.
“They’re elegant paintings and they’re very complex in terms of their process, and each one has a haiku on the back. The collectors who came in last night were very impressed,” the eponymous owner of the gallery told the left-wing outlet.
Perhaps, but the fact that the son of the current sitting president is easily earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for simple paintings has raised some serious concerns among legislators like Rep. James Comer:
Who in their right mind is purchasing Hunter Biden’s art for $200,000 dollars?
Hunter’s NYC art dealer literally said he intends to be the “lead guy in China” for artwork.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) December 10, 2022
The concerns are nothing new. Knowing Hunter Biden’s shady business habits — he’s been credibly accused of influence peddling — critics rightly wonder whether he’s doing the same thing all over again by once more selling access to the White House.
Indeed, last year ethics expert Walter Shaub, formerly of the Obama administration, warned that Hunter’s art sales were the “perfect mechanism for funneling bribes.”
To be clear, he didn’t outright accuse Hunter of influence peddling. He just suggested that someone with nefarious motives could easily use art sales to sell influence.
“The way to build public trust is to have uniform standards that you apply no matter who is in office and recognize that anything a leader does sets a precedent for future administration,” he said.
“Whether or not White House officials believe that secret payments to the president’s son could lead to buyers receiving preferential treatment in this administration, they can’t vouch for future presidents who haven’t even taken office yet. And you can be sure future presidents will point to this arrangement to justify their own conduct,” Shaub added.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 13, 2021
Dovetailing back to Bergès, he added that he personally believes Hunter Biden’s current series is all about self-reflection.
“I think this series is meditative and contemplative, and I think it’s reflective of how he is at the moment. There’s a sense of becoming and contentment as he’s getting into his own stride as an artist,” he said.
“The main haiku series is on metal, then he did some others on canvas. He almost reinvents himself to fit the materials, but the great thing is you can see the commonalities in all of them,” Bergès added.
Hunter Biden, for his part, is reportedly living his best life.
“Georges, my whole life I feel I’ve done what was expected of me or what people want me to do. For the first time, I’m doing what I want to do, so I have no more reasons to run away or escape,” he reportedly told Bergès a night before the exhibition’s opening.
At $200K a pop, Hunter will certainly engage in a lot of self-reflection | “Hunter’s art dealer said the latest series, Haiku, is a form of self-reflection by Hunter” https://t.co/thFJWnTlnS
— Mike (@Doranimated) December 10, 2022
To be fair to Hunter, he does appear to be extremely passionate about art, as he made clear in an interview last month with a crypto-based podcast host.
“I’ve always been an artist from the time I’ve been a child, and I think it’s always been the center of my life. Not until recently have I been able to devote the entirety of my day to art. Art was always a part of me and something that I’ve always practiced but never been able to devote eight hours a day to it like I have for the past three years,” he said.
He added that although he has a therapist, the creation of art functions as a form of therapy for him.
“When I make my art, and I make art every day — at least as many hours as I can possibly fit in with the day — when I make art, I become fully immersed in it. It’s something that takes up the entirety of my attention or focus,” he said.
“I’m in a better place than I’ve, I think, ever been in my life. Probably the most profound lesson that I’ve learned is one day at a time,” he added.
But again, critics say his history of influence peddling just doesn’t jibe well with him selling artwork while his father serves as the president of the United States.
Republished with permission from American Wire News Service
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