Hunter Biden has two words to those criticizing his artwork as overpriced: “f**k ’em.”
In an interview with “Nota Bene,” a podcast dedicated to covering the art world, Hunter was asked about his response to the “crazed narrative” headlines surrounding his artwork and those criticizing it as being pricey and overrated.
“You seem to have good spirits about, you know, this sort of kind of crazed narrative around your painting. I mean, what’s your response to the people who are coming after, like the prices of the work or the collectors? What’s been your response to that?” Vanity Fair art columnist and podcast co-host Nate Freeman asked Hunter.
“Other than f**k ’em?” Hunter shot back.
“That’s a pretty good response,” Freeman said, breaking into laughter, while his co-host Benjamin Godsill added, “I think that’s all you need.”
Hunter professed that he had no control or was involved in setting the prices for his art debut, dismissing concerns voiced by ethics experts who argued that his artwork’s high price tag was due to his name.
“Look man; I never said what my art was going to cost or how much it would be priced at. I’d be amazed if my art had sold for $10, just because the first time you ever go about it is the idea someone is attracted to your art, let alone that they would pay something for it,” Hunter said.
“The value of an artist’s work is not necessarily determined by the price. The price is completely subjective and sometimes has nothing to do with anything other than the moment,” Hunter added.
Both hosts then began stroking Hunter’s ego, gloating over his paintings with rave reviews that they believe will fetch big bucks, while also calling the “notion” that buyers only would buy to gain access as “ridiculous.”
“The work is strong. It’s good, and I think it’s exciting that people are having a chance to see it and spend money. It is worth it,” the podcast host said. “I don’t want to get into it. The whole notion is ridiculous that someone could try and buy a painting and use it as a chip.”
Hunter interjected, “Man, that is what I was going to say. If I were going to hatch a plan, it certainly wouldn’t be to make paintings.”
During the nearly 25-minute podcast interview, Hunter whined that growing up as a Biden has given him an “unfair advantage” before admitting that being a son of a prominent politician has granted him opportunities and a platform that other struggling artists don’t have.
“It’s been the unfair advantage of my whole life,” Hunter said. “It’s a hell of a lot easier to get noticed, not only by the cop who pulls you over for speeding but also by the school or whatever the endeavor may be or the law firm.”
“It’s also made me realize that if you don’t come with the goods, it can be really, really a horrible experience,” Hunter added. “So I don’t do this lightly, and I don’t do it without the knowledge that there is so many incredible artists that never get the chance to find a gallery or share their art with the wider world.”
The embattled son also referenced how conservative media, who previously reported his questionable business dealings, joking the coverage has become beneficial in making him one of the “most famous artists in the MAGA world.”
“Now, I’ve gotten to share my art, not only with you guys and other people that I care about. But I’ve also got to share it with the entire viewing audience of Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax. I think I’m the most famous artist in the MAGA world, at least,” Hunter quipped.
The news of Hunter’s newfound full-time “career to the creative arts,” despite having no formal artistic training, has become the latest slew of explosive scandals regarding the first son’s questionable business dealings and the possible connections to his father’s political title.
Hunter is slated to debut 15 of his paintings in his first solo exhibition showcased by George Bergès Gallery this fall. The debut paintings with most of the artwork created by the embattled first son blowing ink through a straw on Japanese paper are estimated to fetch between $75,000 to $500,000.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that White House officials brokered an agreement with the owner of the New York gallery, Georges Bergès, that would allow Hunter to earn a living from his art while the buyers identities will remain secret from the first son, as well as from President Biden and the public. Under the deal, only Bergès wouldn’t inform the first son of the buyer’s identity or the sale price, and it would be up to the gallery owner to flag suspected buys or bids beyond a reasonable price.
Art experts said the price range for paintings created by Hunter is “wildly overpriced” that doesn’t warrant the half-million-dollar price tag. Those who spoke about Hunter’s upcoming sales said the astronomical value is for name, and without it, the artwork would be worth even less than a “kindergartner’s scratchings.”
“There’s no science to such things. But it is absolutely, 100 percent certain that what is being sold is the Biden name and story,” Ben Davis, a national art critic who wrote in length that Hunter shouldn’t be selling his artwork. “These are prices for an already successful artist.”
Government ethics watchdogs also sound the alarm over the issue of anonymity from those buying Hunter’s pieces was an effort to buy access to the White House. Walter Shaub, who led the Office of Government Ethics under former President Barack Obama, described the deal with the art gallery as “outsourcing government ethics.”
“Is Hunter Biden going to walk around the art show with a blindfold on?” Shaub said. “It just goes to show you the focus isn’t on government ethics. It’s just showing the child of a president can cash in on the presidency.”
“Because we don’t know who is paying for this art, and we don’t know for sure that [Hunter Biden] knows, we have no way of monitoring whether people are buying access to the White House. What these people are paying for is Hunter Biden’s last name,” Shaub added.
Meanwhile, the White House has been working overtime defending the optics of Biden’s embattled son debut artworks of highly subjective and often arbitrary value. In multiple press briefings this month, Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been in defensive mode surrounding questions regarding the first son’s “artistic career,” insisting his upcoming art sales won’t be an avenue for influence-peddling with his father.ArtworkBen DavisBenjamin GodsillGeorge BergesHunter BidenNate FreemanNota BenePresident BidenWalter ShaubWhite House