by Andy Weddington
Friday, 01 August 2014
"People say satire is dead. It's not dead; it's alive and living in The White House." Robin Williams
I've no idea who's been commissioned to paint the official portrait of Barack H. Obama, 44th President of the United States of America.
But whomever will not get closer to the truth and a more piercing likeness than the below work titled: Forety-Fore!
So goes presidential satire.
There's little chance this iPad portrait will be unveiled during an Oval Office tea time, nor hang in The White House alongside more distinguished predecessors who've held our country's high office.
Then again there's no accounting for truth. Nor taste.
Art, even painting presidential satire, is art - which everyone sees differently.
If not the art good, the satire is.
The portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States of America, was painted by Peter Hurd. The painting was so bad (and hated by Johnson who thought it the ugliest thing he'd ever seen [in defense of the artist, he did not have much to work with]) that in Washington, D.C. cocktail circles it was said artists were welcome to be seen in the city but not Hurd.