Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, debuted his pricey original artwork that was described as "terrible," Breitbart reported. The three pieces were priced at $85,000 each, although his other work has fetched between $75,000 and $500,000.
The "Bridging the Abstract" show opened Thursday with about 50 people perusing the collection at the New York gallery. When attendees were asked what they thought about the younger Biden's work, the reviews weren't great.
Next to other talented and established artists, Hunter Biden's works seemed out of place. One anonymous art collector from Georgetown said the artist's collection was "close" to his usual purchases in aesthetics but is clearly "from someone trying to find their style."
"In the contemporary art world, a perplexing pattern has emerged: artists weaving high-priced yet ostensibly uninspired works,” the man said. "An enigmatic figure, Hunter Biden, personifies this conundrum, crafting monotonous pieces that prioritize marketability over the brilliant spectrum of originality," the anonymous commenter added.
Another person who saw his artwork was more direct about his disdain for the art. "I think it’s terrible — the two on the right as you walk in," a man who attended, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.
Of course, Georges Bergès, Hunter Biden's art dealer at the Soho gallery, praised his client's efforts. "A lot of people are interested in his artwork," Bergès said. "The very serious people in the art world are taking note of his work."
Hunter Biden is a novice yet somehow managed to earn five times as much as the average artist in America on his paintings, according to some estimates. He's sold nearly a dozen pieces priced at $500,000 or less for each.
There is some suspicion that Biden is actually peddling influence rather than his lackluster artwork with those price tags, however. As it turns out, the art world is the perfect place for such a scheme.
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) is already probing previous anonymous sales of his artwork. In November, Comer said he is nearly certain that Hunter Biden, whose other shady foreign dealings are currently under investigation, has sold artwork to Chinese buyers.
"We are 95% sure that that artwork went to China," Comer said. "We don’t know where exactly that went to in China, but we’re going to try to find out when we get subpoena power."
This would fit with a pattern uncovered by a Senate subcommittee. The 2020 report revealed that the sale of fine art is a clever way to launder money with little oversight and accounting.
"The art industry is considered the largest, legal unregulated industry in the United States. Unlike financial institutions, the art industry is not subject to Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) requirements, which mandate detailed procedures to prevent money laundering and to verify a customer’s identity," the report said.
"While the BSA does not apply to art transactions by art dealers and auction houses, sanctions do. No U.S. person or entity is allowed to do business with a sanctioned individual or entity," it added.
Hunter Biden's artwork is nothing special but somehow carries a hefty price tag. Meanwhile, the Biden family has a cozy relationship with China and possibly benefited financially from deals there -- and where there's smoke, there's usually fire.