Picasso he's not. But former President George W. Bush is a decent painter.
That's an art expert's view about three works by Bush, which were revealed in a serious of emails hacked from his email account. In a review for Vulture, New York critic Jerry Saltz raved about the bathtub and shower-themed paintings, arguing they "border on the visionary". "The light in each is soft, subtle, embracing, even oscillating," Saltz expands. "As if the unreal has become a companion to the painter."
But not everyone's so enthralled with Bush's post-presidential activities. Valerie Plame, the exposed Bush-era CIA operative (@ValeriePlame1) wrote on Twitter, "I just don't know what to make of the paintings purportedly by G W Bush exposed thru hacking. Creepy on several levels..."
Of course Plame isn't exactly a disinterested party. Her CIA cover was blown - and her spy career effectively ended - during Bush's first term. Her husband, Joe Wilson, had been tasked with investigating whether Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq tried to purchase nuclear materials in Africa. Her outing was viewed as revenge against Wilson for undercutting the Bush administration's rationale for the Iraq War.
Via Vulture, and Politix reporting.