Donald Trump’s first presidential portrait was unveiled this week, and liberals are furious about it.
Conservative Tribune reported that the portrait was created by North Carolina painter and sculptor Chas Fagan as part of C-SPAN’s “American Presidents: Life Portraits” exhibit, which is a touring art exhibition featuring portraits of our presidents.
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 28, 2016
Liberals hate the painting because it doesn’t make Trump look “evil” enough, but Fagan has spoken out to defend it.
“Beyond following the campaign and the election like everyone else, my preparation entailed gathering up a collection of photographs that could be used as reference. You’d imagine that there should be countless images out there, but the reality is that public media photographs of candidates show frozen action moments. Whereas traditional portraits attempt to capture contemplative, relaxed moments,” Fagan said of his painting.
“There are innumerable images of candidates seemingly contorted in expression or gesture,” Fagan added. “In an online advertisement for an upcoming interview with Mr. Trump I came across a small still image from video. It did not have much detail, but it happened to reveal a more relaxed expression. And that was the foundation for the painting.”
“In most photos, his eyes are in shadow and difficult to see, in part due to his distinctive brow line,” Fagan said. “But eyes are such a recognizable feature, and necessary to give a portrait warmth and personality, so I worked to give them a bit more prominence. I think the result is that we have a softer look into his face than we often get from public media photography.”
Liberals took to Twitter to whine and complain about the painting.
— Enoch Root (@Enoch_Root_) December 28, 2016
— Stig Non Grata (@HesNotTheStig) December 29, 2016
— LEGAL Hombre (@Bobby_Dubby) December 28, 2016
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