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The most famous Donald Trump fanfic painter is doing just fine with him out of office

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21.04.2022

It’s been 15 months since Donald Trump left office, but the artist who rose to MAGA fame with his realistic portrayals of the 45th president and the movement he leads says he’s thriving.

Jon McNaughton is, perhaps, the most divisive political artist alive. Depending upon your view, he is either a laughing stock of realism or one of the most important truth tellers to pick up paint and brush.

His depictions of Trump have ricocheted across the internet, earning him equal parts mockery and praise. They’ve also earned him fans in the top echelons of political and media power. McNaughton says Trump himself tried to buy one of his paintings (it was already purchased by a “collector” in Texas) and that Sean Hannity has bought between six and 10.

So it stood to reason that with Trump having left the White House, McNaughton would find himself in lean years. He had, after all, lost his muse.
But in a wide-ranging recent interview with POLITICO, the artist says he’s never been busier. He said he sells between 10,000 to 20,000 different prints every year and his original pieces start at $12,000 and go up to $300,000.



Asked how fame has changed his life as a painter, he was succinct in his reply: “I just sell a lot more artwork.”

McNaughton’s post-Trump existence is, to a degree, an illustration of how the MAGA movement hasn’t receded with Trump out of office but, rather, morphed into something just as passionate but less centralized.

“There’s plenty of things to paint about, I’ve got my next seven or eight paintings planned and probably will do more in between,” he said. “And not many are Trump at this point, but that could change.”

McNaughton says a concept for a painting can percolate in his mind for up to a year or more and that, even with Trump at his club in Mar-a-Lago, there is a richness of topics from which to choose. He spends his free time scouring the Drudge Report and Twitter........

© Politico


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