Thursday, March 9, 2017

This incredible portrait of Donald Trump is made from his most hateful quotes

Donald Trump

If you cast your mind back by about a year, you might remember a remarkable portrait of Donald Trump doing the rounds on the internet. 

What made it so unique was the fact it was comprised entirely of the negative speech and tweets that the then-presidential candidate was spewing.

It included the infamous quote on Mexican immigrants:

They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people

Today, artist Conor Collins has returned with a brand new portrait of the now-commander in chief.

Picture: Conor Collins

Just like before, the portrait is comprised of hateful speech; think of it like a 'greatest hits' or 'Now that's what I call horrible' compilation. 

I know more about Isis than generals do. Believe me.

Such a nasty woman.

And who can forget...

When you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything... Grab them by the pu**y.

Picture: Conor Collins

Speaking to Manquehue, Collins explained that he had resisted doing another painting of Trump for a long time but, inevitably, he had to revisit the property tycoon as a subject. 

Eventually I realised I have to paint what I see.

Lowry saw people commuting in Manchester day after day, so he painted that. Andy Warhol saw commercialism and mass production, and so he painted that. What do I see when I turn on the TV, or pick up my phone? Trump.

He is all the news, all the time. I have no choice but to paint what I see.

It goes without saying that Collins wasn't struggling for material for this project: 

It was probably the easiest research I have ever done in my life.

Finding something nice Trump has said… That would be Nobel prize-winning.

Picture: Conor Collins

The base for the new piece of artwork is just as unique as the current president's approach to work in the Oval Office - it's made up of actual dollar bills, glued onto a canvas, whitewashed and painted over. 

"It’s a bit of a legal grey area," Collins explains to Manquehue:

The laws for damaging currency are there to prevent people committing fraud. When it’s used for free speech like this the courts tend not to pursue it. However, I'm sure I could rock the handcuffed look, you can never have too many accessories.

With the release of his latest work, Conor had a piece of advice for artists currently working under the Trump administration:

Keep making art. While people are busy deciding if your stuff is relevant, make art.

While they decide if it's worthy of being bought, make more art.

If they cut your funding and you can't afford paint, experiment with stuff cheaper than paint. I’ve used Nutella, coffee and wine when I've been broke.

Just whatever you do, don’t stop making art. 

Trump is more active on Twitter than ever before, so maybe he'll see this pop up in his timeline at some point. He's bound to notice it; after all, it is all about him. 

You can check out more of Collins' work at conartworks.com



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