Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

George W. Bush paintings exhibited

Russian president Vladimir Putin as painted by former US president George W. Bush.
Russian president Vladimir Putin as painted by former US president George W. Bush.

Former US president George W. Bush is displaying his portraits of world leaders in the first exhibition of his work as an artist.

The portraits that include everyone from a grim-looking Russian president Vladimir Putin to a smiling likeness of the late Czech playwright and President Vaclav Havel are part of an exhibit opening tomorrow at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. He even did a self-portrait.

The exhibit called The Art Of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy runs until June 3.

In an introductory video to the exhibit, Mr Bush says that painting the portraits let him convey his feelings about the subjects.

Mr Bush started painting in 2012.

The exhibition also includes gifts given to Mr Bush by many of the world leaders, along with photographs.

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