iPad Inspires George Bush’s Surprisingly Weird Art

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All the down time must get painfully boring after serving as the most powerful man in the world for eight years, which is how former George W. Bush somehow tumbled into painting.

Bush just picked up a brush two years ago, but the former president’s portraits have been all over the news the past few days and it’s all the iPad’s fault.

In an interview on theĀ Today show, Bush says the iPad and the drawing app Penultimate are responsible for getting him into painting, after his artistic powers were unleashed by drawing stick figures and sending love notes to his wife and daughters.

From horrible dog sketches and stick figures, #43 has now progressed to doing oil on canvas portraits of some of the most powerful figures he worked alongside during his presidency, 24 of which debuted at the presidential library in Dallas, Texas this week.

You can listen to George and Barbara dive into his original iPad art obsession around the 4min mark below:

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  • Parker

    Does that iPad have an iPhone speaker?

    • Stone Jones

      Yes…

  • Ben

    Biased much?…

  • http://howieit.com Howie Isaacks

    “creepy oil on canvas portraits”? Can’t you write something about President Bush without being biased? I’ve seen lots of art that I don’t really like, but calling Bush’s art “creepy” is insulting, and makes you look really small. If you don’t like it, fine. But why not keep that thought to yourself instead of poisoning your readers’ impressions of Mr. Bush’s art before they’ve even seen it? Why not let us form our own opinions instead of having you do it for us? I believe that I’m intelligent enough to make up my own mind.

    • digitaldumdum

      Biased? About George Bush? Good grief, he was a so-called (albeit appointed) president of these United Stages for eight years. Biased? People have their thoughts and opinions about the man, and bias doesn’t figure in. And your phrase, “why not lest us form our own opinions” is downright silly. No one is denying your your opinion. Bush’s “art” is all over the web, and nothing new to Cult. The author of this little piece isn’t denying you anything.

      So here’s my opinion: like the man himself, Bush’s “portraits” are completely immature. To call them art means that literally anything in the world can be called art, an equally immature view some subscribe to. But finger-painting by a 5 year-old will seldom be held in high regard. These “works of art” are not even up to that standard.

      I guess this is what a guy does when he’s sent tens of thousands of American men and women off to die and get maimed in two wars for no reason. Lots of free time on his hands, not to reflect or feel remorse, but to finger-paint like the little kid he is. Civilizations have been decimated, and human lives spent, all so a man can “paint.” Just one man’s opinion, of course.

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