A new look at George Bush

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When I first saw this portrait, I thought it was a damn good portrait and – though you could see it as unflattering – those narrow eyes, I didn’t see it that way.  The eyes could equally be visionary – scanning the horizon for those new vistas that George was going to take us to of welcoming parties throwing flowers to the troops as they brought Truth, Justice and the American Way to the Middle East.

It looked to me like the kind of portrait that could easily be an official portrait, albeit perhaps not in the style that GWB might like – though I don’t know what his taste in art is. But there’s a bit more to it than that. If you’ve not seen it before, have a look at the subject’s right ear. Then look at it more closely on the author’s site.

Whatever you think, it’s pretty clear that the guy who did this knows how to make an image.

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Just Me
Just Me
14 years ago

Damned if that doesn’t look like Chairman Mao.

Amanda
14 years ago

Oy. Indeed. Thanks Nick. ;-)

Alan
Alan
14 years ago

It took a while before that image snapped into view. Genius! This deserves to be linked far and wide. I just hope the artist doesn’t wind up in gaol or dead.

James Farrell
James Farrell
14 years ago

He doesn’t seem to have done that with any of the other portraits on the web site, nor indeed made any kind of political cultural statement — not even with Rupert Murdoch. Anyway, it would make a great gift for the new Presidential Library.

Nabakov
Nabakov
14 years ago

Yup, move over a bit Lucien Freud, you’ve got serious company.

Patrick
Patrick
14 years ago

I just hope the artist doesnt wind up in gaol or dead.

WOW! Do you have some repressed prejudice that causes you to associate artists with criminality?

But I guarantee you he ends up dead.

Robert
Robert
14 years ago

Don’t really wish to spoil the fun; any half decent imaging software can map a photo to which you can add the matching tone (cut or taken from whatever you like) to the designated areas. The real magic, however, happens in our heads as we look upon it.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

True Robert.

And imaging software could probably fake the look of bits cut out of several photos, including the daggy, not quite glued down corner shown in one of the detail shots on the artists site.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it – did he actually do it by cutting up photos, or did he just Photoshop the whole thing up one quiet afternoon when he had nowt better to do?

Brian
Brian
14 years ago

Robert: Don’t worry for a second that you’re spoiling the fun, dear. The fact is that, no matter what computer geeks might think works fine, all those obvious programs which mosaic other images into a face, or whatever, only make things look like simply a weaker version of the photo they’re based on. Because this guy is clearly a painter, not a tech joker, he’s made something which looks like a 3-d, almost sculpted image. And, yes, the Freud analogy is a good one.

b-
b-
14 years ago

there’s this one too: [NSFW]