This Hunter Biden painting sells for the price of a house.
The most expensive artwork from the first son’s new SoHo show is priced at $225,000 – and already has two interested buyers, The Post has learned.
On Saturday, a gallery employee declined to give the Post details about potential buyers for the untitled 57×98-inch mustard-yellow floral painting on Japanese Yupo paper.
The scandal-ridden son of President Biden sold two more works a day after his second solo art exhibition opened at the Georges Berges gallery on Friday.
Unlike last year’s debut of Biden’s artwork, which was by invitation only, the new exhibit, “Haiku,” is open to the public and features much stronger works, according to Biden’s gallery owner, George Berges.
“I want everyone to see his art,” Berges told The Post.
“The first one [show] was a success,” Berges said. “We achieved what we wanted from this exhibition. This exposure shows stronger confidence.
Berges declined to specify which paintings were sold and who the buyers were. Paintings in last year’s exhibition ranged from $75,000 for works on paper to $500,000 for large canvases.
The policy of not publicly naming buyers and what they paid for was highly controversial, with some critics saying it could lead to anonymous Biden influence buying.
Berges told the Post that he had several paintings in the basement of the gallery that Biden had completed more than 20 years ago – proof, he said, that he had worked most of his life to be an artist.
“He was always an artist,” Berges said. “The difference is where we are misinterpreted that when he focused his whole life on art, they thought he had just started making art. But there is a difference between painting everything alone and say ‘ok, that’s all I’m going to do and I’m just going to be an artist.’
Hunter, his wife Melissa and their baby boy Beau attended the opening of “Haiku” on Thursday for an exclusive “friends and family” screening.
Thursday’s soft opening featured Biden’s latest abstract works, which depict flowers and birds. Many paintings are made on sheet metal.
“I painted and washed. I painted it and washed it,” Biden told a group of onlookers Thursday night when describing how he created the layers and stains on a work in the series dedicated to Japanese poetry.
Berges said the paintings were a form of “self-reflection” for Biden, who has been embroiled in an ongoing investigation into his financial dealings with Ukraine and China.
Berges said he already has a lot of interest from Biden collectors.
“I think in a lot of ways this show started off better than the last one,” Berges told The Post on Friday. “Just the interest; he has a collector base of people who really love his work.
The White House said measures have been put in place to avoid any ethical concerns about potential buyers who may want to buy the artwork to curry favor with President Biden.
New York Post