Fake News Meet Fine Art

With Donald Trump as a Painter the World Would Be a Better Place

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Framed portrait of President Donald Trump on the cover of a TIME magazine ( the fake cover in question) hanging from a wall at the Trump National Doral Miami Golf Shop, in Doral, Florida; June 24, 2017. (Photo by Angel Valentin for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

What if in the new Culture Wars, President Donald Trump let his artistic side hang out? After all, he loves a bit of appropriation, what with all the hype surrounding the Time magazine cover…er, the not Time magazine cover. Why not spread that love in a painter’s direction? We here at Artists Network and Artist Daily are ready and waiting for the Donald to swipe one of our covers.

Cast your eye this way, 45, and think about how nice a Kolinsky Sable brush would feel in hand. Picture yourself, Chief, shrugging off the head-of-state responsibilities and just getting one with the muse. Fake news at it’s (art) finest, right?

It’s not even that much of a stretch. Numerous past presidents have displayed considerable creative talents outside of governance. Jimmy Carter writes poetry, George W. Bush paints portraits, and John F. Kennedy was a noted watercolorist.

In keeping with these very presidential pursuits, here we feature our first fake news foray: The Donald gracing the cover of our Outdoor Artist as he paints St. Basil’s in Moscow.

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The Donald creating the perfect plein air painting for the cover of Outdoor Artist

Given that painting en plein air (i.e. out of doors) was a French invention, this little red lie should set the stage for a lively culture exchange with France’s new president Emmanuel Macron, as the president prepares for his upcoming Bastille Day Holiday visit.

Is it so far-fetched? Maybe so, but the mogul prez understands the power of image and what a bit of fakery can do for a rising star.

Either way, it all comes down to the question: Wouldn’t the world be a better place if President Donald Trump was a painter just like us?

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Just imagine, the Donald looking at his subject lovingly, brush in hand and ready to paint

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Michael Gormley is the editor-in-chief of The Artist's Magazine. He is the former director of the National Arts Club, a former Dean of the New York Academy of Art and was the Vice President of Education at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America. He is a practicing artist and has shown his work extensively.

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