President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is selling art paintings for as high as $500,000.
Hunter’s first pieces have been picked up by art dealer Georges Berges, who priced Biden’s artwork between $75,000 and $500,000, depending on the size and scope of the work.
Compared to other artist’s early sales, that is huge. Biden’s first sales are even more than a piece by Jean-Michel Basquiat that sold for $20,900 in 1984 – $53,770.96 in today’s dollars.
“I don’t paint from emotion or feeling, which I think are both very ephemeral,” Biden told artnet. “For me, painting is much more about kind of trying to bring forth what is, I think, the universal truth.”
Biden’s dealer, Berges, who also represents Sylvester Stallone and was reportedly arrested in California for assault with a deadly weapon and terrorist threats, plans to promote the art through a private viewing in Los Angeles and an exhibition in New York later this year.
Berges said that Biden’s art has “authenticity.” He even compared it to works made by art legends Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon.
“It has that authenticity that I see in a lot of artists that I personally love, be it Freud or Bacon,” he said. “A lot of the issues that are thrown at Hunter is what makes him produce really great work.”
Hunter Biden has been painting since he was a child. He has no formal art training, but he has taken a serious focus to his work and is now creating art full-time.
Even without formal training, Biden’s pieces carrying five- to six-figure price tags put his work in the same range as well-known artists.
For comparison, a piece by Andy Warhol sold for $725,000 at a New York auction. That is only $225,000 more than what Biden sold his piece for.
Art dealer Alex Acevedo told the New York Post that he was impressed with Biden’s work. He said that the pieces could capture between $25,000 and $100,000 if Biden didn’t have his name recognition.
“And anybody who buys it would be guaranteed instant profit,” Acevedo told the Post. “He’s the president’s son. Everybody would want a piece of that. The provenance is impeccable.’’
Mark Tribe, who sits as the chairman of the New York City’s School of Visual Arts’ MFA Fine Arts Department, told the New York Post that Biden’s work was “pretty strong.”
“The colors and compelling organic forms – it’s the kind of organic abstraction that I find easy on the eyes and provokes your curiosity,’’ Tribe said.