Hunter Biden is one of few men in this world with a very unique talent for staying out of the media spotlight, whilst at the same time being able to grab the headlines all for himself whenever his behavior is considered somewhat dodgy.
However, he still doesn’t get chastised for it!
Now, the son of current President Joe Biden has decided to tip his toe in the world of art, with some of his work due to being up for auction later this year at the Georges Berges Gallery, for a whopping $500,000.
News of the auction has raised concerns regarding the ethics of the move, especially after the White House confirmed that the names of the potential buyers would not be disclosed to the public.
White House statement
In a White House press briefing on July 9th, Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that Hunter Biden has the right to chase after any career he wishes, when she was pressed on the issue of the President’s son seeking a career change.
She went on to state that the proceedings of selling Biden’s art will be “handled by a professional gallerist and will adhere to the highest industry standards.”
She also confirmed that the names and personal information about the buyers will not be released to the public, to Hunter Biden, or to the Biden administration, in order to protect their identities and provide a level of transparency.
Psaki also confirmed that any offers received for the artwork that can be considered as “out of the normal” will be instantly rejected.
However, not everyone is impressed with the artwork from the President’s son.
“A café painter”
Award-winning critic Sebastian Smee stated during an interview with CNN that Hunter Biden’s work resembles that of a “café painter.”
He further built on this point by claiming that the work the President’s son will be auctioning is similar to the artwork one would admire whilst in a coffee shop.
He stated that this sentiment doesn’t mean that his work is either good or bad, but reiterated that no one should be spending more than $1,000 on such art.
Smee further stated that he is not interested in Hunter Biden’s idea of “universal truth,” something he is apparently trying to display through his artwork.
He stated that he believed Biden to be a “dabbler,” and that he believes the work is nothing more than a “therapeutic exercise.”
This may be true, as the President’s son previously stated that, when he is painting, he is able to stay away from “people and places where I shouldn’t be.”
He made the remarks during an interview with The New York Times last year.
Biden has only been painting for the last few years but has received no official training.