A photo-realistic print of a painting featuring ten Republican presidents sitting around a table is now hanging in the White House. Trump liked the painting by Andy Thomas so much, he called the artist on the phone to ask for a print, now seen on the back wall of his office.
The President is depicted having a drink with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon and Teddy Roosevelt. It is unclear how the print made its way exactly into the White House, however the artist Andy says Republican representative Darrell Issa of California recently showed Trump the painting that he evidently took to.
The Missouri-based artist’s usual subject includes “lots of horses, lots of action” in a typical cowboy painter’s remark. Though he reported to Time magazine “I was ecstatic” to find out about Trump’s new acquisition. Andy adds, “a lot of times gifts aren’t really hung up, they’re pushed in a closet somewhere. To find out it’s actually hanging is really a treat.”
Andy studied thousands of photographs of Trump in order to realistically capture his smile in the painting. The artist says “I had to find a photo where it looked like he’s actually heard something funny, so it looks like a genuine smile”, as opposed to his usual comedic grimace that embodies the President’s ridiculousness.
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