Hunter Biden is not a Picasso, but he is “actually a real artist” whose pieces in the Big Apple gallery are worth between $ 70,000 and $ 90,000 each, an expert told The Post.
As the president’s son makes his lukewarm debut at a gallery in Soho, art critic James Gardner examined several of Biden’s for sale oil paintings and said his biggest criticism was that they were ” too polite and too eager to please “.
Gardner said Biden’s “new age” work – comprising an abstract painting of a man in the mountains and a surreal image of a snake hanging from a tree – is worthy of an art show though sometimes borders on the superficial “eye candy”.
“He knows what he’s doing. In some cases, it’s professional to the point of finesse, ”said Gardner, former Post reviewer and author of“ The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum ”.
“It’s not Madonna trying to put stuff on a canvas, it’s a real professional artist,” he said. “It’s good enough to warrant a show even without its name.”
But Gardner acknowledged that the pieces – which hang in the Georges Berges Gallery with prices ranging from $ 75,000 to $ 500,000 – will likely cost more than they are worth because the creator’s father is President Joe Biden.
“He will invariably be more exposed and sell for more because of who his father is,” he said. “There is obviously price inflation because he’s the president’s son.”
But ultimately Gardner said, “He’s actually a real artist and I love his work.”
These are Gardner’s reviews of three of Biden’s individual paintings – the Good, the Bad, and the Boring.
“St. Thomas”, mixed media on canvas
“It’s interesting in terms of color and composition, and most importantly, it shows he knows what he’s doing. He is inventive in abstraction. He manages to find unique ways to compose different geometric abstractions from many small shapes, ”Gardner said.
“It’s somewhere between a mosaic and a painting, so I’m interested,” he said, adding that the art is worth $ 70,000 to $ 90,000.
“Untitled”, oil and acrylic
“This one, I don’t care,” Gardner said. “The conjuration of abstract schematic representation and realism does not work. Looks like he might even be using a photograph, ”he said, adding that the coin is also worth $ 70,000 to $ 90,000. “It’s too polite and too eager to please.”
“Untitled # 1”, mixed media on paper
“For me, the tension between abstract representation and realism is unsatisfactory,” he said. “It seems like a new age kind of, and trying to get a message across… There are other things that impress me more.”
He added, “In terms of value, $ 70,000 to $ 90,000 doesn’t ring a bell. I wouldn’t pay it, but in terms of what people pay for art – by a good artist who isn’t Picasso – it doesn’t sound extravagant for that. “