Jon McNaughton, the Picasso of Provo, wants $300,000 for an original. Prices are “absolutely unheard of,” says an art industry expert, but Sean Hannity's buying one.
You won't see it at the Whitney, but the hottest contemporary art on the market right now features a devilish President Barack Obama burning the Constitution .
The asking price for an original painting trashing the Obama presidency will be about $300,000, conservative political painter Jon McNaughton tells BuzzFeed. The 44-year-old landscape artist has produced three works over the past two years depicting what he views as America’s abandonment of “constitutional principles.” McNaughton’s already sold his latest painting to Fox News host Sean Hannity for an undisclosed sum, and he says he expects to sell the other two originals for at least six figures.
McNaughton isn’t going for subtlety.
The first in his series of paintings, titled "One Nation Under God," features Jesus Christ holding up the Constitution in Washington, DC, surrounded by an audience of historic figures like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, kneeling soldiers, and an astronaut. There’s also what his website) calls a "Liberal News Reporter" and a man he dubs "Mr. Hollywood," who looks down upon a pregnant mother with “ridicule and amusement.” A small child stands before Jesus, reading the document.
Obama’s Affordable Care Act — the health care bill now under assault from the Supreme Court — inspired McNaughton’s next painting, "The Forgotten Man." It’s been his most popular piece so far (reproductions of the paintings go for from $24 to $400), with a video explaining it getting almost 4 million YouTube hits.
Rather than focusing on Jesus this time, McNaughton spotlights President Obama himself, standing, arms crossed in front of the White House, his foot on the Constitution like he’s putting out a cigarette. The forgotten “everyman” man sits on bench, despondent. An audience of former presidents looks on—favorites Lincoln, Reagan, and the Founding Fathers appear to be imploring Obama to stop, while big government liberals like FDR and Bill Clinton are pictured applauding.
“It resonates with a lot of Americans,” he says in a telephone interview from his studio in Provo, Utah.