Note to Teabaggers: You seriously need to learn the definition of “socialism” and read up on your American History.
The right-wing’s hate mongering of President Obama’s religion, race and political philosophy has grown to a fever pitch, and is now evidenced in a series of paintings from a Utah artist, the latest of which is up for sale for $300,000 and is titled “One Nation Under Socialism” depicting Obama burning the United States Constitution. Sean Hannity of Fox News recently purchased one of the paintings.
The artist, Jon McNaughton, is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and has even released a video on his latest painting…
WATCH (story continues below the video):
Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed recently interviewed McNaughton about his artwork:
The 44-year-old landscape artist has produced three works over the past two years depicting what he views as America’s abandonment of “constitutional principles.” McNaughton’s already sold his latest painting to Fox News host Sean Hannity for an undisclosed sum, and he says he expects to sell the other two originals for at least six figures.
The first in his series of paintings, titled “One Nation Under God,” features Jesus Christ holding up the Constitution in Washington, DC, surrounded by an audience of historic figures like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, kneeling soldiers, and an astronaut. There’s also what his website) calls a “Liberal News Reporter” and a man he dubs “Mr. Hollywood,” who looks down upon a pregnant mother with “ridicule and amusement.” A small child stands before Jesus, reading the document.
One of McNaughton’s most popular recent works was titled “The Forgotten Man,” and was intended as a commentary (via Tea Party ignorance and extremism) on the Affordable Care Act:
McNaughton spotlights President Obama himself, standing, arms crossed in front of the White House, his foot on the Constitution like he’s putting out a cigarette. The forgotten “everyman” man sits on bench, despondent. An audience of former presidents looks on—favorites Lincoln, Reagan, and the Founding Fathers appear to be imploring Obama to stop, while big government liberals like FDR and Bill Clinton are pictured applauding.
And what do art collectors and dealers think of McNaughton’s work?
Critics in New York and Cambridge, England, have accused him of being “didactic” and “not understanding socialism,” he says. New York Magazine’s art critic called his paintings “typical propaganda art” and “visually dead as a doornail.” McNaughton brushes off the pans. “I don’t expect to get a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts or be in a museum, at least in my lifetime,” he says. “It’s like having those experts in jazz criticize country music. One type of art trying to tell everyone else what real art is.”
That type of criticism doesn’t phase McNaughton. His biggest fans read like a “Who’s Who” list of right-wing extremists:
Matt Drudge featured a link to a story about his work, Glenn Beck has talked about his paintings on the Blaze, and Fox News host Sean Hannity threw down a chunk of cash to get the original acrylic version of “One Nation Under Socialism.”
To put things into perspective: McNaughton is crazy if he thinks he can demand $300,000 for one of his propaganda paintings. You can get an original Andy Warhol for that price.