Artist Julian Raven is known for his sprawling and patriotic painting of Donald Trump. He’s also known for his legal battle with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to get it displayed. But according to the Washingtonian, Raven is not a fan of Trump anymore.
In the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6., Raven called on Trump to resign. Now, according to the Washingtonian, he’s calling on the National Portrait Gallery not to display a photo portrait of Trump when it reopens.
“I believe the right thing to do would be to hang a black cloth over the photo and that no honor be given to him until he repents before God and man,” Raven said, adding that Trump shouldn’t be honored until he “humbles himself” for pushing unsubstantiated voter fraud claims and inflaming tensions that led up to the Capitol riot.
“The worst part for me was all the people then and now being arrested and their lives being ruined for being duped into this pseudo-revolution. And he gets into a plane and flies off to his mansion on the beach,” Raven said.
Raven says he doesn’t plan to do anymore political paintings because they “produced so much toxicity that I was, like, I don’t want to do this anymore.”