Surreal: George W. Bush paints Spain's ex-PM

Alex Dunham
Alex Dunham - [email protected] • 8 May, 2014 Updated Thu 8 May 2014 13:08 CEST
Surreal: George W. Bush paints Spain's ex-PM

Former US president George W. Bush has paid homage to his political ally and good friend former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar by painting a portrait of him and posting it on Instagram.


Aznar has had to share the limelight with 30 other political leaders who Bush has portrayed in his art exhibition “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy”.

Spain’s former Prime Minister was given a private tour of the Dallas art show by Bush himself on Wednesday, capturing the moment in a photo posted on the former US leader’s Instagram profile.

The pair have reportedly been close friends since their terms in office, when Aznar supported the US’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 and sent over Spanish troops in support.

Photo: Stephen Jaffe/AFP

Other world leaders featured in Bush’s oil painting collection include Russia’s President Putin, former French President Jacques Chirac, Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The politician-turned-painter has been slammed by some art critics for using copyrighted images from Google and the Associated Press to base his paintings on.

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