President Trump and the surreal world of Michael Forbes

Michael Forbes’ painting Not My President

In January, a painting showing Donald Trump and singer Madonna went viral. But who is artist Michael Forbes and why did he paint it?

The painting, called Not My President, was made in the days leading up to Mr Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the USA.

It depicts the billionaire businessman as King Kong sitting on the head of Madonna. The superstar singer is portrayed as the Statue of Liberty, holding up a placard protesting against his election.

Madonna, a critic of Trump, posted an image of the painting to her Facebook and Instagram accounts. The posts soon gathered thousands of “likes”.

The US singer is a fan of Forbes, who exhibits artwork at a gallery in Manhattan, New York City, and whose other celebrity supporters include Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam and comedian Ricky Gervais.

Forbes describes himself as a Pop Surrealist.

His work has referenced women’s rights campaigns, featured “mash ups” of glamorous Hollywood icons, also past US presidents such as Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln as well as bears wearing sunglasses.

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Source By http://www.bbc.com

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