Award-Winning Art Critic Scorches Hunter Biden’s Paintings
Hunter Biden will continue to accumulate wealth thanks to his father’s name recognition and the backing of leftist allies. He is expected to sell paintings anywhere from $75,000 to half a million dollars. Georges Bergès is reportedly helping Hunter in setting up an art exhibition.
Sebastian Smee, a Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic from the Washington Post, likened Hunter Biden’s art to common paintings found in everyday coffee shops and restaurants. Hunter’s art is “valuable” due to his family name, and not the aesthetics and technical aspects.
“[Hunter’s] work has the feeling of an afterthought. It doesn’t feel like it needed to be made, except perhaps as a therapeutic exercise. I have no trouble with that. It’s as good a reason to make art as any,” Smee said, responding to Hunter’s work, explaining he would “struggle to find compelling reasons to share” Hunter’s paintings if he were a museum curator.
“People with influence in the art world are looking at his work and thinking, ‘Nothing much to see here,’” Smee continued, slamming that Hunter’s paintings have “no real urgency, no underlying poetry.”
Smee compared Hunter to a “cafe painter,” expanding, “by which I mean, you see a certain kind of art in coffee shops, and some of it is OK and a lot of it is bad, and sometimes it’s surprisingly good.”
Smee estimated that if Hunter didn’t have the backing of his family name, his paintings would not sell more than a thousand dollars at best.
Hunter claimed that his paintings detail all of the human senses.
“The universal truth is that everything is connected and that there’s something that goes far beyond what is our five senses and that connects us all,” Hunter said. “The thing that really fascinates me is the connection between the macro and the micro, and how these patterns repeat themselves over and over.”
Smee slammed Hunter for this claim, comparing him to a spiritual guru huckster.
“I mean, give me a break. What is he? A Bodhisattva? A guru? He may have figured out some stuff for himself, and that’s great. But if I’m searching for universal truths, there are other people I’ll go to first,” he added. “The issue with Biden’s work is more just that it’s kind of pleasant. The colors are pretty, the patterns are nice, but it has no real urgency, no underlying poetry.”
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