Hope It Matches The Sofa (Bad Art)

(“Unafraid and Unashamed” by artist Julian Raven at the CPAC 2019. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images.)

Pro-Trump Artist Julian Raven Is Waging Legal War Against the Smithsonian for Rejecting His Magnum Opus

“A Trump portraitist whose lawsuit against the Smithsonian Institution and National Portrait Gallery director Kim Sajet was thrown out in December is appealing the district court’s decision, arguing that his work deserves to be shown in the hallowed institution.”

Seriously, this ghastly thing exists and dude who painted it is suing to have it hung in the Smithsonian. This is one of those read-it-to-believe-it articles. Dude goes into detail about the symbolism he included (the Gadsden flag makes a guest appearance, along with ‘borted babies being rescued) and of course, The Almighty hisself was directing his hand:

“It’s remarkable. It is dramatic. And I believe it has the fingerprints of divine providence upon it,” said artist Julian Raven in a homemade video explaining why he was inspired to create a 300-pound, 16-foot-long painting of president Donald Trump.

“Remarkable” is one word for it. You can test your vocabulary with all the other Best Words bigly, you know,  in the comments.


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26 Responses to Hope It Matches The Sofa (Bad Art)

  1. donnah says:

    I like it when people use their talent for good, not evil. This guy…ugh.

    I’m an artist and recently offered one of my pieces as a donation to our local main library. It was reviewed by a commitee and accepted, which was a big thrill for me. But I wouldn’t have petitioned or sued them had they not accepted it.

    Trump people are classless.

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  2. moeman says:

    Maybe The Smithsonian has a van (with interior carpeting) they can put it on.

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  3. Sirius Lunacy says:

    First of all it is great performance art! You can’t do artwork of Trump without including bs lawsuits. But the hair is all wrong, there’s not enough orange in it and the white circles around the eyes are missing. As for the title, I completely agree that Trump is totally incapable of feeling shame but I have yet to see any signs of fearlessness.

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  4. Jim says:

    Pretty sure the National Portrait Gallery is prohibited by law/regulation from accepting and showing propaganda art and the NPG simply doesn’t have any piece as large and as garish as this one is.


  5. Sirius Lunacy says:

    Also, if we continue to follow Republican environmental policy the only place we will get to see Bald Eagles will be in crappy Republican artwork.


  6. Buttermilk Sky says:

    It weighs as much as trump! Don’t tell me that’s not a mark of “divine providence.”

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  7. Sirius Lunacy says:

    And as a proper tribute they should build a wall around it so no one has to see it.

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  8. buckobear says:

    Too bad It’s too large to hang in a ptrtapotty.


  9. 9thousandfeet says:

    It’s painted on velvet, I assume?

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  10. Infidel753 says:

    Jesus fuck a shit soufflé, that is one godawful painting. Maybe it should be in the Smithsonian (after Trump is gone) — as documentation of how crude and blatant wingnut propaganda art became in the early 21st century. Otherwise future generations will never believe it.

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  11. roket says:

    If it has the fingerprints of divine providence upon it then it should obviously be stored at the Vatican. As in ‘deep in the bowels of…’

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    • Infidel753 says:

      You mean it should be shoved up the Pope’s ass? I could get behind that.

      But I have a feeling that those grubby and sweaty fingerprints, if dusted and checked, would turn out to be those of Trump himself — having a wank at the damn thing.


  12. paul fredine says:

    i’m not sure which is worse, this or any one of the works by dumpster-loving painter jon mcnaughton. the one positive thing i can say about his ‘artistic works’ is that they’re good for a laugh. his ‘crossing the swamp’, which portrays donny as washington crossing the deleware (get it?) is like a version of ‘guess who?’ or ‘where’s waldo?’, but waldo had sense enough to not show up. jonmcnaughton.com


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