George Bush paintings on display at the Melbourne Museum
George Bush paintings from his presidential administration have been on display for the first time at the Royal Melbourne Museum.
The Bush family has been the subject of museum exhibitions since 2002.
In 2005, Bush was elected president of the United States and served as a vice-president.
The exhibition is entitled Bush: Paintings of the Presidency and Vice-President.
The painting entitled ‘Bush: The Art of George Bush’ was commissioned by the Bush Presidential Foundation and was done by the artist John Karr.
It is a collaboration between the Bush family and the Melbourne-based Karr, who is the only living member of the Bush team to have been commissioned to paint for the United Nations.
The artist told ABC Radio Melbourne the work is about a young man and his father, who died when he was just 11 years old.
“I thought of it as a portrait of a young boy and his grandfather and his parents,” he said.
“In my opinion, it’s a very good portrait of both men and a great example of American leadership and the way it is done in those days.”
George Bush and his family were a central part of President Barack Obama’s administration.
“The paintings reflect the spirit of the presidency that George Bush is known for,” said curator Michael Lacy.
“They show the full breadth of his character, from his tender childhood, through his father’s presidency and then into his presidency.”
He’s a real human being, who has been through many challenges, but he always keeps himself calm and never loses his cool.
“Bush and his wife Barbara were first married in 1978.
Bush and Bush are best known for their political and cultural influence, including his role as vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Iraq War.
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