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Everyone’s a critic, especially critics. Last week, former President George W. Bush unveiled portraits of world leaders he’s painted since leaving office. He’s no Chuck Close, eschewing realism for a more grade-school art class aesthetic, but his work does have a folksy quaintness about them. But leave it to an art critic to point out that Bush based his paintings on photos from Wikipedia and the top results on Google Images. You can read Greg Allen’s critique of the process on his blog. It seems that by tearing apart Bush’s art and the “message” of his methods, it just legitimizes him as an artist and not an old dude who just wants to paint to piss away some time. And deeper-meaning or not, that wonky-eyed Merkel gives me the willies.

Angela Merkel
Dalai Lama

Felipe Calderon

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Hamid Karzai

Manmohan Singh

Nouri al Maliki

Silvio Berlusconi

Stephen Harper

Tony Blair

Vladimir Putin

Source: The Independent

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