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13 Dec


Julian Raven, Artist

714 Baldwin St.

Elmira, NY 14901


December 6th, 2016



“It’s too BIG!” was the director’s first objection! The director followed with another salvo, ‘The Smithsonian requires ALL portraits be painted from life” to the total shock of Julian Raven, artist and painter of the historic Trump Portrait ‘Unafraid And Unashamed’. Raven hit back, “You showed the Obama ‘Hope’ poster which was not created from a live sitting with Barack Obama!” To which Director Sajet seemed to stamp her foot and insist that it had been created from life, she in fact was now lying! (Later Raven was to discover Director Sajet had misquoted the legal requirement for portrait acceptance by deleting the final part of the statute, “Works must be the best likeness possible; original portraits from life, if possible”.) One would expect the director to actually know the ‘questionable’ story behind the Obama poster by Shepherd Fairey. She insisted, until Raven educated her on the facts, those being how former White House Liaison for the Arts, Yosi Sergant, the leftist political activist and ‘brain-child’ behind the poster, had commissioned Fairey to create the poster and how it was a digitized image of a photo taken by an AP photographer. Raven had participated in an art show in LA curated by Sergant in which he had shown his Trump portrait alongside one of the 3 copies of the screen printed version of the ‘Hope’ poster, one of which was shown in the National Portrait Gallery.


By this time Raven was driving the conversation back to the point about her objection to the scale of the painting as being ridiculous, at which Director Sajet began to backtrack and apologize for her nonsensical objection about the scale, to the amazement of the artist! (Remember, the director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery had called the artist personally to let him know of her objections, and within 5 minutes was apologizing!) She proceeded to rattle off more personal objections to the Trump portrait by now turning to its content.


“It’s too pro Trump!” At this point the artist’s amazement was surreal! “Too pro Trump?”, he shot back, “and the Obama poster was not Pro-Obama?” “Its too political”, she said, alluding to the imagery in the painting, the American flag, the Bald Eagle and the depiction of The USA. Those are patriotic symbols. Now the director was objecting to patriotism! This portrait of President Elect Donald J. Trump, was painted in the summer of 2015. It prophetically, symbolically and patriotically depicted Trump as America’s future President. Now it was too Patriotic for the NATIONAL Portrait Gallery! Amazingly, according to The Smithsonian, Director Kim Sajet is not even an American Citizen!


Feeling ‘dazed and confused’ the artist responded with another rebuttal, “So the Obama ‘Hope’ poster was neither political nor patriotic?” She replied, “It needs to be more neutral!” . Yet, she kept mentioning the ‘George Washington’ portrait in the Smithsonian, that also contradicted her stance! With that, the Director ended her barrage of personal objections and dislikes of the painting. Her final comment, “It’s no good, it’s a bad painting of Trump!”. Director Sajet then told the artist that she was the director, that his application submitted in writing would go no further, get no official written response and that he could appeal her decision all he wanted! If there ever was a portrait of hubris, this was it!


Director Sajet, in hastily rejecting and condemning this historic work of art, has violated the very conditions for acceptance to the National Portrait Gallery established by Congress. The most important point Congress made was this: “Even today, in every instance, the historical significance of the subject is judged before the artistic merit of the portrait, or the prominence of the artist.”

Again, demonstrating her personal bias and ignorance of the very basis for accepting a portrait, Director Kim Sajet did not even bother to consider the historical significance of the Trump Portrait. In addition, this was the only recognized pro-Trump portrait to have been part of President Elect Donald J. Trump’s historic Presidential campaign!


A copy of Raven’s portrait has been hanging in Trump Tower since November 2015. It has been seen across the country in Julian Raven’s grassroots campaign, in which Eric Trump also participated. It was part of the ‘Art Of Politics’ show in LA along with the nation’s top political art and artists. An image of the painting was also part of Trump Exec. Lynne Patton’s viral video ‘The Trump Family I know’, which generated millions of views and shares. This video was shown at the RNC in Cleveland, establishing the Trump Portrait to be the only work of art recognized at the Convention. It was also on display at the New York Delegation headquarters in Cleveland and in the Public Square amidst hordes of protesters. The painting was also featured in the Huffington Post’s, ‘If This Art Could Vote,’ election art gallery. It also served as the backdrop to numerous, videos, rallies, websites, Facebook pages etc. It was featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and in media across the globe. The application to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is supported by GOP chairpersons, radio host Frank Acomb, art collectors, and elected representatives, such as Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Tom O’Mara and Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell, all who represent over 200,000 upstate New York citizens.


Do you recall Director Sayet’s rejection of a 15,000 person petition to remove the objectionable bust of Margaret Sanger by black pastors, led by Bishop E.W. Jackson, Senators Cruz and Gomer amongst many other elected representatives back in August of 2015? What about the recent snubbing of Chief Justice Clarence Thomas by the Smithsonian African American Museum? Now, with this bizarre, biased and incompetent behavior by Director Kim Sayet regarding the Trump Portrait, the conditions for a perfect storm have been created.


The ‘swamp’ of blatant liberal bias at the Smithsonian must be drained!


Artist Julian Raven became an American Citizen on September 17th 2015. He is a grassroots political Trump campaigner. He was elected within his first year of citizenship to become a New York Alternate Delegate to represent New York at the Cleveland RNC. He is a public speaker, entrepreneur and minister. He is married to Gloria Raven. They have three beautiful children and they live in Elmira, New York.


For the full story go to www.thetrumpportrait.com



Contact: 607-215-8711


The Art Of Trolling Trump By Artists & The Media

3 Oct

It is so frustrating, so infuriating to see liberals bending over backwards and embracing some absolutely tawdry political art in their desperation to justify and explain away their political woes, fears and anger. They are propping up every form of artistic demagoguery in their seeming desperation to make sense of their ultimately pointless worldview. Both the typical liberal art world and the unbiased liberal media have become the very throbbing and engorged womb for whence ooze the Trump trolling artists. Somewhat like that Lord of the Rings scene when those nasty Orks are seen being born into Middle Earth from slimy, muddy underground pods, these hordes of Trump art trolls are a seemingly endless marching army.

The glory, power and crucible of human achievement, the art world of Michael Angelo, Da Vinci, Bernini, Goya, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Picasso, Dali et al, has been reduced to celebrated artistic trolls, trolling and propagating their scratchings and scribbles! The history of art, the great art masters and their masterpieces climax in 2016 in the never-ending slurry of lifeless Trump troll art. What is amazing to me is the sheer quantity of troll excrement that is being dumped into the somewhat sacred, historic and well-polished corridors of art history.


Yes, yes I know that others have come along in the last 100 years and slid their urinals down the well-waxed halls of art history, peddled sharks in formaldehyde or flogged their unmade bed replete with cigarette butts. Just a quick visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and one is reminded that much of modern art is simply stale crap! Please do not mistake what I am saying, I said ‘much’, is peddled by unscrupulous art dealceivers to the easily influenced, desperate for the next ‘now’ thing and yet so unprincipled, since there are always suckers with big bucks!

You see, if liberals and liberalism pushed by the liberal Democratic party really had the ingredients for true positive hope filled change, America would be singing a different tune today. President Barrack Obama has had nearly eight years to peddle his ideology, push his agenda and transform America! Folks he has had more than enough time, he has had the chance! And truth be told he has brought change, but the mantra he rode, his magic carpet of ‘Hope and Change’ turned out to be missing a wheel, the wheel of hope! Change has come but not for the better. America is no better now than when Obama took office. And granted many of our problems are not his fault, what we can learn and see in his policies, ideas and leadership is clearly on display today. Massive unsustainable debt, economic uncertainty, employment uncertainty, increased national racial tension, insane international deals and immigration run amok are just some of the pressing issues of the day.


If the troll artists, liberal troll artists had a point, if they had a vision, if they just had something worth selling, something they are positively passionate and excited about they would be focused on selling that. Their art would express, reveal and celebrate that, they would be so focused on the power and greatness of their ideas and visions that the diversions of the opposition, in this case Donald Trump would just not even catch their attention. Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high” which is an admirable moral quality which obviously does not apply to troll artists and the unbiased media.

The human heart brings forth what it contains by the words and art we create. “A good man brings good things (art) out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things (art) out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45. So with the failure of ‘Hope And Change’ under Barrack Obama, those who once rode the wave of what is now demonstrated to be empty promises, are still angry, hopeless and full of hate which they cannot help but express through their paint brushes! Blaming Donald Trump now, painting him as the scapegoat for their lack of answers and solutions is the work of the politically and ideologically defeated! Donald Trump would not even be in the election had Obama succeeded in helping America. He would simply hand the baton to the next liberal democratic runner and there would be no contest.

But America is just not going to drink the cool aid of liberal ‘Hope And Change’ any more. And since a genuine change agent and leader has stood up, the art trolls have gone into a frenzy and have rushed out of their holes in the ground in defense of their failed ideas of pseudo ‘hope and change’. And since all they can do is spit into the very winds of real change and of history blowing and howling in their faces, one can almost gladly conclude that their very undoing, and the undoing of their failed liberal ideas and policies is not far off.

Liberalism is going to go under the bus for a very long time. President Obama, the now defunct champion of ‘hope’ with artist Shepherd Fairey’s help, has been a failure on so many levels. Although to be fair to Fairey, his work embodied positive vision, sincere hope for change, which sadly remains just wishful thinking nearly eight years later.  America is awakening because of the local, national and global escalating problems we face, and the recognition that something must change now for real!

The latest artistic plastic Trump troll statuesque monstrosities are a successful marketing gimmick but that is it. Even spending time mentioning the plastic Trump troll statues, which have graced the streets of cities all over the country falls into the very purpose of their cunning ploy. But alas, their work is ideologically and politically self-defeating. It evinces their putrid and worthless worldview. It reveals the content of their heart, and the condition of extrapolated self-contradictory liberalism in its final condition.

The hypocrisy is mind numbing, the continual leftist liberal cry for ‘safe spaces’, ‘anti-bullying’, ‘gay friendly’, ‘LGBTQ tolerance’, ‘Save the Whales’, ‘Save the Planet’, ‘Green Revolution’, ‘Gluten Free’, ‘Yoga pants’, ‘save the planet’ are completely undone when these radical leftists show their true colors when they create such hypocritical environmentally unfriendly plastic statues as they attempt to ‘fat shame’, ‘body shame’, ‘sex shame’. ‘age shame’ and even ‘hair shame’ Donald Trump. And naturally the world of closet trolls, Trump haters and the media just drink this stuff up, promote it with their photos, tweets and re-tweets by giving life to their outrageous hypocrisy.

Granted, in my opinion art should be enshrined in truth and thus art is a language that facilitates human expression even in the negative, critical and satirical. Troll art this election cycle has not only crossed over the line, but also smashed and crewed it up. If art is the license to violate every boundary of civility and decency with complete shocking disregard for our humanity, then what I have said is pointless, and sadly I must live in the dark ages of art.


In his recent Time article ‘Why we’re losing the internet to the culture of hate’ on the destructive power of internet Trolls, Joel Stein paints a digital picture of digital hate. He opens with these words; “This story is not a good idea. Not for society and certainly not for me. Because what trolls feed on is attention. And this little bit–these several thousand words–is like leaving bears a pan of baklava.” Artists create work that only really becomes art when it receives attention, what good is a painting hidden in a garage? Artists crave attention for their work because that is the natural process of art. But in this twisted world of attention seeking artists, the unscrupulous degrees to which these troll artists go is beyond the pale and should be called as such not celebrated. The art world leaders, the art critics in the media, the artists of recognition should be the first to denounce this art terrorism, rapidly putting an end to any attention given to the trolls. Recognition should be given to that which is worthy not that which is forced!


The difference between Internet trolls and art trolls is that the Internet troll usually just trolls one person at a time.   It is like a toad that can only spawn one offspring at a time. The art trolls are much more powerful in today’s pond, they are like the toads who spawn their brood in the millions, carrying them on their backs en-masse as they go on to release their brood into the pond. The power of the Internet to reproduce the image by a simple ‘click & share’ is unprecedented and the results can be nothing but on the level of complete contamination.

Sure Donald Trump is a controversial person. Sure he is polarizing. Sure that there are many people who dislike him. That is life. But the challenge to the liberal art world is can you say all that whilst maintaining a modicum of humanity, whilst being champions and visionaries of ‘Hope And Change’?

Never in my lifetime has there been such a desperate need for real ‘Hope and Change’. Art could once again cast these visions in picture form to the desperate world we all live in.


By Julian Raven



Anti-Trump Political Art

10 Jul

Anti-Trump Political Art


Rembrandt recognized the inseparable and intrinsic relationship between art and the artist. He saw the inseparable nature of the thing created from its creator, in this case the artist. Rembrandt said; “Painting is the grandchild of nature, it is related to God.”


Artists cannot escape being so attached to our work, in that our art is akin to our DNA being passed on to our very own children. Yes, art is more a reflection of the artist than really what the art may be about. In the same way that children are a reflection of both their parent’s secret, hidden and private lives and all that is passed onto them genetically at birth. Artists essentially give birth to their art. The great mystery and power of art can begin to be understood as a literal piece of the artist, the very progeny of the artist.


The Anti-Trump art produced over the last year, bears all of the hallmarks of a self created portrait and thermometer reading of the modern contemporary political art scene. Art for years has drifted into a place where visceral emotional reactions to the shock and horror of the art are the ‘thing’ sought, which ultimately gives the artist fame and recognition, rather than an existential quest painting its way to human progress, peace and prosperity.


The quest is on to see who can outdo the other by daring to offend, insult and ridicule for the ultimate end of personal fame and fortune. For what is the end of such art? Where does it lead? What does the created then create? What does it inspire? What are the ‘children’ of these artists contributing to the human experience?


Presidential candidate and GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump has been the inspiration of a literal horde of modern political art, which in the end, in my opinion is a graphic self portrait of the artists and the political art scene, than an actual accurate interpretation of Donald Trump.


Trump as poop, Hitler, blow up KKK doll, food, nude, clown, school bus and on and on the artistic renditions go. There seems to be no end to the barrage of anti-Trump imagery that the left wing, liberal anti-Trump artists go to, to take their shot at Trump. The questions remains, what has this slurry of art created other than to inflame the angers and protestations of the anti-Trump crowd and some of the Trumpsters?


Demagogic art about a so called demagogue is the typical result of a myopic and visionless liberal art world. I know that art has a prominent and deeply important place to play out in the historic human experience, but when the vast sum of this modern anti-Trump art is so childish, what is that saying about the artists?


If Rembrandt is right, and art or painting is akin to having children, so deeply attached to the artist, then the self portrait painted by the anti-Trump artists is nothing but embarrassing! They inadvertently paint themselves into the picture and define themselves by their very own creations. They cannot escape their own DNA being attached to their creations. After all of the inflamed emotional reactions have calmed down, there remains the demagogic work. By and large the works are shallow, childish, cynical, critical and dishonest and yet for now they are celebrated.


I am of the opinion that if you cannot paint the way by way of conveying vision to your audience you have failed both the audience and the very gift you have. All that remains is the regurgitated shallow condition of your very own heart. Hearts filled with rage, envy, hatred, bitterness, frustration, contempt and malice etc. And no wonder the art world is always full of tragic art figures, it fuels them and then thrives of their negative energy.


We have come a long way since the days of great art masters. Today much of the modern art scene is crass, coarse and shallow with the illusion of great meaning and depth. The Jedi Mind trick of conceptual trickery, is used by many, to beguile the world into greater delusion that somehow an inflated KKK Trump doll is to be wowed about since it paints Trump as a racist. Oh my….


The artists elevate themselves into this position of perceptual power, having been given a license by the art world to be the eyes in the sky. They thus use their powers to point the finger forgetting that there are always three fingers pointing right back at them.


Yes art should be enshrined in truth. But for the sake of the future, the present and our history let our art transcend the mundane and childish scratching of poop, fart cushions and clowns to meaningful existential visions that transcend all of our common human frailties, failures and weaknesses.


If Trump is all of those things he is depicted as by this chorus of anti-Trump artists, then surely what the artists have must be so much better, truer, brighter and more meaningful. And since that is supposedly the case, as insinuated in the art itself, then what and where is it? Come on now, create it and show it! Lead the way into the promise land where all of Trump’s supposed negatives do not exist and where the elite liberal Utopia is flourishing waiting for all to enter…


If ever there was a time in the history in our country that we need vision and hope it is now! And since the majority of the artists out there are just spouting their venom, one can only conclude that they have nothing better to share. That their visible DNA expressed in their art is all they have to offer. That in the end they are as much a part of the problem as the very one they are targeting! One can expect nothing more, for they cannot create or give anything more than what comes from inside of them!


Julian Raven, Artist

‘Unafraid And Unashamed’

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