Hunter Biden blasts those criticizing price of his art: ‘F— ’em’
The son of President Biden has a message to those criticizing his artwork: “F— ’em.”
In an interview with the “Nota Bene” podcast published Thursday, Hunter Biden was asked how he would respond to those going after his art.
“What’s your response to the people who are, you know, coming after like the prices of the work or just, you know, the collectors, I mean, what’s been your response to that?” one of the podcast’s hosts asked him.
“Other than ‘f— ‘em?’ ” Biden jokingly asked.
“That’s a pretty good response,” co-host Nate Freeman said, according to Insider, while his co-host Benjamin Godsill mused, “I think that’s all you need.”
Biden, who is slated to have his artwork sold in the fall, according to The Washington Post, said he had no control over how much his artwork would fetch — a response to criticisms that have been raised by art critics and ethics experts that his artwork was being priced higher because of his connection to his father.
According to the Post, New York gallery owner Georges Bergès will sell Biden’s artwork and estimated the paintings could sell between $75,000 and $500,000.
“Look man … I never said … my art was gonna cost what it was going to cost or how much it would be priced at. I’d be amazed, you know if my art is sold at, you know, for $10, just because the first time that you ever go about it is the idea that someone is attracted to your art, let alone that they would pay something for it,” Hunter Biden said on the podcast.
“The value of an artist’s work is not necessarily determined by the price but the price is completely subjective … and has sometimes nothing to do with anything other than, you know, the moment,” he added later.
He also poked fun at conservative news outlets that have covered the story of his upcoming artwork sale and have repeatedly gone after his business dealings.
“I’ve gotten to share my art not only with you guys and other people that I care about, but I’ve also gotten to share it with the entire viewing audience of Fox News, Newsmax, and OAN,” Hunter Biden said.
Despite Hunter Biden dismissing the concerns, several ethics experts interviewed by the Post have said lobbyists or others could try to buy the art in an attempt to gain favorability with the White House.
Hunter Biden responded, “If I was going to hatch a plan, it certainly wouldn’t be to make paintings.”
The White House has defended the president’s son’s move to sell his art and said protections were in place to safeguard potential conflicts of interest, including keeping the names of the seller secret from the Bidens and others.
“Of course he has the right to pursue an artistic career, just like any child of a president has the right to pursue a career,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing earlier this month.
“I think it would be challenging for an anonymous person who we don’t know and Hunter Biden doesn’t know to have influence. So that’s a protection,” she said in response to a question regarding a hypothetical situation in which individuals unknown to the private gallery owner were trying to buy Hunter Biden’s pieces in an effort to receive favorable treatment in the White House.