Hunter Biden hailed ‘one of the most consequential artists in this century’ by his art dealer
The art dealer representing Hunter Biden said the president’s son had the potential to be one of the most influential painters of the modern era, but declined to say whether he’d cooperate with a congressional investigation into sales of the art.
Georges Bergès, who has been overseeing the sale of Biden’s paintings, said the 53-year-old would ‘become one of the most consequential artists in this century.’
His comments came as the New York Post pressed him on whether he would comply with requests from the House Oversight Committee, which asked to see the names of individuals who purchased Biden’s artwork and the price they paid for it.
The Republican committee’s investigation is part of an ongoing probe into the president’s son’s murky business dealings, which some contend involved him leveraging his closeness to the White House for profit.
His artwork attracted attention after some of his paintings were listed for a whopping $500,000, but the identities of buyers and prices they actually paid were kept secret.
Georges Bergès and Hunter Biden. Bergès has been representing Biden throughout his art career
Hunter Biden hard at work on one of his many paintings. His manager said he could be one of the most important artists of the century
Oversight Chair James Comer said Bergès hadn’t responded to previous requests for information on the sales in the past Congress, but with Republicans in the majority and the threat of subpoena he expected a response this time around.
When The Post asked Bergès whether or not he intended to cooperate, the art dealer declined to comment and instead waxed poetic about the heights of Biden’s artistic prodigy.
‘I represent Hunter Biden because I feel that not only his art merits my representation, but because his personal narrative, which gives birth to his art, is very much needed in the world,’ he said.
‘His is a story of perseverance; Hunter’s story reflects what I believe is the beauty of humanity, judged not by the fall, but by having the strength to rise up, by having the character required to change and the courage to do it.’
‘Hunter Biden’s art reflects all of that and more. His art gives us hope; it reminds us that tomorrow brings a new day, a new beginning, a new possibility,’ he said.
‘Hunter Biden will become one of the most consequential artists in this century because the world needs his art now more than ever. In a world that beats us down, we need art in our lives that reminds of the unrelenting divinity within each of us.’
Georges Bergès carrying a bouquet of flowers into his gallery where Biden’s art is on display
Georges Bergès stands inside his gallery in New York City during Biden’s gallery exhibition
Bergès has previously refused to turn over information about Biden’s clients, arguing he is committed to the anonymity of his clients’, along with finding the next great artist of the time.
‘Almost 10 years ago I opened a gallery that has a global perspective on the human experience and that seeks to find artists who I feel will be consequential not just in the art world but in the broader culture,’ he said.
Comer, however, has not been impressed with that stance. On January 25 demanded Bergès turn over the details of the Biden sales by February 8, or else face possible criminal charges.
‘For over a decade, the Biden family has profited from Joe Biden’s positions as a public official,’ Comer wrote. ‘Your arrangement with Hunter Biden raises serious ethics concerns and calls into question whether the Biden family is again selling access and influence.’
‘Despite being a novice artist, Hunter Biden received exorbitant amounts of money selling his artwork, the buyers’ identities remain unknown, and you appear to be the sole record-keeper of these lucrative transactions,’ Comer wrote to Bergès.
Bergès could also be compelled to turn the evidence over if the committee votes to subpoena it.
Hunter Biden sitting amongst some of his paintings. His paintings have been listed for large sums
One of Hunter Biden’s paintings. During a gallery exhibit last year one of his works was listed for $500,000
A Hunter Biden painting at his exhibit. The names of his buyers have been kept secret
Hunter’s latest art work advertised prices between $55,000 and $225,000, according to the Daily Beast.
Amid criticism of the art sales, the White House Counsel’s Office came up with a plan to prevent Hunter or anyone in the Biden administration from knowing the identity of those who purchased his work.
Bergès was directed to keep buyers’ identities to himself and reject any offers that seemed suspiciously high.
Comer highlighted the possibility that ‘foreign buyers’ were making purchases.
Amid criticism of the art sales, the White House Counsel’s Office came up with a plan to prevent Hunter or anyone in the Biden administration from knowing the identity of those who purchased his work
Hunter’s latest art work advertised prices between $55,000 and $225,000
During one of Biden’s gallery exhibits in 2021, two former White House ethics chiefs warned buyers could try to curry influence with the president by buying his son’s work for inflated sums.
‘I just think that’s absolutely appalling,’ Obama White House ethics chief Walter Shaub told Law & Crime’s ‘Objections’ podcast in August.
Richard Painter, George W. Bush’s ethics’ chief, told Fox: ‘It’s going to be very clear with people in the know as to who buys Hunter Biden’s art.
‘The question is, are the American people going to know? The White House should insist on complete transparency.’
The Oversight Committee has targeted much of its focus on the Biden family’s business dealings, specifically if Hunter Biden sold access to foreign officials and to what extent Joe Biden could have been involved.