With his father the former vice president of the United States gaining momentum in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hunter Biden is dabbling in more than just primary colors these days.
According to the New York Times, Biden fils is focusing on building a new career in California as an artist, spending his days creating contemporary works on paper with ink and seeking gallery representation.
Biden tells the Times that painting “is literally keeping me sane,” as he recovers from addiction and a difficult time in the spotlight tied to his foreign business dealings in China and Ukraine.
“For years I wouldn’t call myself an artist. Now I feel comfortable saying it,” says Biden.
The Times reporter made a visit last fall to Biden’s Hollywood Hills home where he has converted a pool house into an art studio. The article details Biden’s technique:
After the break, he goes back to work, always drawing from memory, never models. Buried in layers of ink were twisting faces and organs, warm yellows to melancholy blues and angry reds — morphing shapes within shapes. He said it can take 14 layers of alcohol ink for the material to adhere to the nearly indestructible Japanese Yupo paper he uses as his canvasses. He blows the ink with a metal straw — it is fast-drying and “has a natural progression, and you have to be really focused in order to be able to alter it to your own imagination,” he said.
The Times’ profile of Hunter Biden the LA-based artist comes coincidentally on the heels of that town’s newspaper – the Los Angeles Times – running a story, “Joe Biden personifies the ‘Delaware Way.’ In Wilmington, that clubby style of politics is being questioned.”
The article features cameos by the Claymont Steak Shop, Angelo’s Luncheonette and plenty of well-worn ground about the most famous – and successful – politician Delaware has ever produced.
“Biden, with his unshakable faith that personal relationships prevail over partisanship, is the Delaware Way on steroids,” the article reads.
“But just as Biden comes under fire from progressives in the presidential race, back home, the Delaware Way is fraying, as residents take stock of the loss of major employers, high crime and persistent inequality, and wonder whether the status quo is no longer good enough.”
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