President George W. Bush is getting extremely good press as a painter. He is represented by a gallery, Mnuchin and Mnuchin in NYC. Columnist William Powhida of Hyperallergic reports on Bush’s show, Cowards:
Bush’s title, Cowards, bluntly refers to his own public statements about deposed president Trump and the people that enabled his catastrophic presidency. He also hopes that his commitment to painting these liars, criminals, cheaters, abusers, traitors, and bystanders might serve as a form of penance for his own errors in judgment. The stunning candor of Bush’s new paintings may very well help establish his reputation as a 21st-Century Goya, capable of uncovering the humanity in monsters like John Bolton, Mike Pence, Steve Bannon, Robert Kelly, Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Mike Pompeo through compassionate looking. It is a testament to Bush’s faith in forgiveness that he would dedicate almost ten years to painting indicted war criminals.