Hunter Biden felt smug as he walked to the Post at a Manhattan gallery on Thursday night and showed off his expensive artwork.
The scandal-scarred first son threw an arm around a Post reporter outside the Georges Berges gallery in Soho and invited him inside for an exclusive friends and family event before the exhibition opening night showcasing his latest paintings.
“Hey buddy, what’s your name? Who are you with?” the president’s son asked the reporter.
The reporter identified himself as a Post reporter, and the first son-turned-painter extended him a friendly invitation.
“Why don’t you come into the gallery at 6 p.m. and take a look around without taking out your phone?” Biden asked, throwing his arm over the reporter’s shoulder and walking him to the door.
Biden, 52, backtracked when asked how much money his father, President Biden, made from his trade deals with China and Ukraine.
Thursday’s soft opening featured the younger Biden’s latest works, including abstract tin paintings of flowers and a vibrant bird.
“I painted and washed. I painted it and washed it,” Biden told a group of onlookers as he described how he created the layers and stains on a work in his “Haiku” series.
Biden declined to describe his articles to the Post and instead inquired about the reporter and shook his hand – asking him to remember he has a family when the newspaper writes about the first son.
His past art has ranged from $75,000 for works on paper to half a million dollars for his large paintings, his art dealer Berges previously said.
Biden’s artistic career has raised concerns in the past, as ethics experts have warned that sales are vulnerable to issues involving people seeking to influence President Biden’s administration.
Art critics, however, praised Biden’s work, though some said the pieces wouldn’t fetch the same price if it weren’t for the name attached to them.
His turn to the visual arts comes after being marred by allegedly corrupt relationships with countries like China and Ukraine, as well as a drug addiction scandal.
Leaked documents on Biden’s laptop suggested his father was to take a 10% cut from a trade deal involving a state-linked Chinese energy company that allegedly paid Joe’s brother, James Biden, 4 .8 million in 2017 and 2018.
President Biden has denied even discussing his son’s business dealings and said he has never received any payments from them – despite reports he interacted with his family’s associates in China, in Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine.
New York Post