George W. Bush paintings set for exhibit at the Kennedy Center
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Former President George W. Bush's paintings will be on display as part of a new exhibit at the Kennedy Center to honor service members.

Sixty-six paintings by the former commander in chief will be included in "Portraits of Courage," an exhibition debuting in October at the Kennedy Center's REACH expansion, the Washington fine arts institution announced Wednesday.


"The Kennedy Center is proud to share these works — painted by a living president — that honor the men and women who defend our freedom to explore, celebrate, and create art," Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said in a statement.

The collection — which originally was displayed as part of a 2017 exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas — was created by Bush as a tribute to those serving in the military since Sept. 11, 2001.

The art was also included in Bush's 2017 book, also called "Portraits of Courage."

"Each portrait is accompanied by the veteran's story of resilience, determination, and recovery, a narrative which inspired President Bush to honor their sacrifice through art," the Kennedy Center said.

Bush, 73, has said that he picked up painting after leaving the White House in 2009. He said in a 2013 interview that he takes weekly painting lessons, once telling an instructor, "There's a Rembrandt trapped in this body — your job is to find it."