Hunter Biden, President-elect Joe Biden's son, is reportedly preparing for his first-ever art show next year.
Page Six reports that Hunter is signing a deal with Georges Bergès Gallery to become the newest artist on their roster, and planning for an exhibition with the gallery in 2021. Georges Bergès Gallery did not respond to Town & Country's request for comment.
Hunter, who has previously worked as a lobbyist and investor, told the New York Times in February that painting was “literally keeping me sane,” adding, “For years I wouldn’t call myself an artist. Now I feel comfortable saying it.” His works are made with alcohol ink on Japanese Yupo paper; he often blows the ink through a metal straw to achieve the desired effect.
He also told the Times that he was looking for gallery representation, which it seems he may have since found. “It’s something I’ve taken seriously for a long time but hasn’t necessarily been for public consumption,” he said, explaining that he was now ready to show his work.
The newspaper quoted gallery owner Michael Kohn about the challenges Hunter may face as he tries to achieve success in the art world. “Too much baggage,” Kohn said. He likened Hunter to Sylvester Stallone, the actor who has pursued a career in painting, but has not achieved critical recognition. “The transition doesn’t work because the public perception has been established.” Interestingly, Stallone is represented by Georges Bergès Gallery.
The news of Hunter's possible gallery representation comes as his name is back in the headlines for other reasons: Hunter's tax affairs are currently being investigated.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden said in a statement to the New York Times. “I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers.”
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