Early efforts on the drawing app Penultimate.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin Detail

Tony Blair

Tony Blair Detail

Tony Blair Detail

Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai

"It all started with our pets"


George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush Detail

George H.W. Bush Detail

See George W. Bush's Portraits Of World Leaders, And Cats, Revealed Today

See Putin, Blair, and other world leaders interpreted by W.

George W. Bush received plenty of criticism during his eight years as President of the United States, but will the reviews be better when the public becomes his art critic? Running through June 3rd, the "The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy," will be on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The exhibit features portraits of 24 world leaders, none of whom have yet seen themselves as interpreted by W's brush. The works were revealed today on the Today Show, in a segment hosted by Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush Hager.

Bush walked her, and the audience, through the gallery, relaying anecdotes, including one about Vladimir Putin "dissing" the Bush family pet Barney. Other portraits included Tony Blair, Hamid Karzai, and Bush's favorite, a likeness of his father, George H.W. Bush. Bush began painting two years ago and said he was inspired to take up the brush when he started using the drawing app Penultimate.

Other Bush originals have been previously released to the public—some on purpose (dog Barney is quite impressive) and some by accident (i.e. Bush in the bathtub). In a previous NBC interview, the ex-president said that he painted the portraits "in a spirit of friendship."

[Images via Today Show Exclusive, NBC News]

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  • Robert Redwing

    This guy is such a CHILD. And he was "elected" president..... no wonder this once great country is doomed....

  • Tho I generally totally agree with you I actually think this was like the best thing he's ever done and by no means is he more of a chile for painting.

  • Bert Utermark

    Surprising and somehow nice to see how George W. - otherwise dissed a lot - has this rather human and creative side.

  • Markus Pope

    These are actually...surprisingly good. I'm not sure why I'm surprised. I guess I just don't think of the President as an artist. What I love about these are the eyes. He has a unique style with the eyes that I haven't seen before.