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George W. Bush: An American President's Portrait in Porn


After the Bush Library reportedly backed out of a portrait they had commissioned from British artist Jonathan Yeo, the 36-year-old artist went forward with one anyway, a collage created from fragments of 100 porn magazines.

The work was unveiled yesterday at London's Lazarides Gallery in Soho.

According to the gallery, "Yeo was commissioned to undertake a portrait of US President George W Bush, but was later told his services were not required. He decided to continue the commission on his own, and Tuesday’s unveiling will reveal the fruit of his labours. In a few weeks time we will be releasing a limited edition screen print of the Bush collage."

The version you see above has certain regions strategically blurred. I've provided a link to the full size version after the jump...

Check out the unblurred work here.

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  1. porn images? that's kinda halfass... no guts.
    the portrait might have some gravity with images of amputated marines, tortured prisoners, and bombed families.
    porn just makes it slightly titillating and oh-so cheeky.

    Posted by: A.J | Aug 29, 2007 9:20:38 AM

  2. Wasn't there a widely-circulated collage of Bush not too long ago, made out of close-up photographs of assholes? Seems like this is a pretty clear ripoff, though I do kinda like it anyway. It's a little more subtle than the asshole one... but the asshole one had a quasi-Surat quality that was hard to resist. Makes you think about "Sunday in the park with George" a little differently.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 29, 2007 9:25:35 AM

  3. I agree with AJ. What impact does a "porn collage" have? Images of dead soldiers' coffins and dead Iraqi women and children, etc. would have been more effective.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Aug 29, 2007 11:14:07 AM

  4. talk is cheap, fellas

    Posted by: marcus | Aug 29, 2007 11:49:26 AM

  5. It's just meant as a slap in the face. It really doesn't matter what pictures he chose. Maybe for some gays having a collage of your face done in porn would be more of an honor...but to main stream society it's a SLAP!

    Posted by: jombi | Aug 29, 2007 12:16:36 PM

  6. How about a collage with gay porn!!!

    Posted by: Mario | Aug 29, 2007 12:51:29 PM

  7. There is already a Bush picture made up of the pictures of dead soldiers.

    Posted by: Leroy | Aug 29, 2007 1:10:38 PM

  8. Http://

    A unique, queer look at the media.

    Let's go cruising!

    Posted by: Media Cruiser | Aug 29, 2007 2:43:12 PM

  9. Very neat!

    Posted by: DocsGirl | Aug 29, 2007 3:44:04 PM

  10. I'm all in favor of porn, but this artwork is juvenile.

    Posted by: Gregg | Aug 29, 2007 4:58:33 PM

  11. what bush has done is very obscene. or shall we say "pornographic"?

    Posted by: nic | Aug 30, 2007 5:40:45 PM

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