Some of the thirty ‘never-before-seen’ portraits of world leaders painted by former president George W. Bush currently on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas as part of an exhibition entitled ‘The Art Of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy’. The former President explains:
‘I place a high priority on personal diplomacy. getting to know a fellow world leader’s personality, character, and concerns made it easier to find common ground and deal with contentious issues. that was a lesson i had picked up from dad, who was one of the great practitioners of personal diplomacy.‘
Above: Tony Blair, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, George Bush Sr, Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan and Vladimir Putin.
George W. has painted on a daily basis since leaving office.
He’s very proud of his work. See?
(Photos: (portraits) Grant Miller, (exhibition) Kim Leeson)