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George W. Bush's artwork to to be shown publicly in April

Bush Institute Veterans

(Reuters) - George W. Bush, U.S. president turned painter, will have his artwork featured in an exhibit for the first time in April.

More than two dozen portraits painted by the 43rd U.S. president will be part of exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," the George W. Bush Presidential Center said on Monday.

The center did not mention the subjects of the portraits.

Artifacts, photographs and personal reflections will also be part of the exhibit, which the center said will "provide an insider's view into President Bush's unique relationships with other world leaders." His works will be displayed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas in early April.

After leaving the presidency in 2009, Bush picked up a brush and has painted still lifes, landscapes and images of animals, including a perched cardinal that the center featured on Christmas ornaments, and a tribute to Barney, his black Scottish terrier who died in 2013.

The portfolio includes self-portraits. In 2013, a hacker obtained Bush family emails that included a painting of the former president in the shower, looking at himself in a shaving mirror, and another of a pair of legs extended in a bathtub.

Bush, who lives in Dallas, took painting lessons after leaving the White House and told the Dallas Morning News his interest developed after reading former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's 1948 book, "Painting as a Pastime."

"It's a way to create," Bush, who signs his paintings "43," told the newspaper. "I enjoy creating ... You can express yourself in a way that's unique."

(Reporting and writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Susan Heavey and Bernadette Baum)

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fishhead80 February 26 2014 at 6:27 AM

Now that's a President ! Boy do weed need him back. Get rid of Obama the LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kenmac7 February 26 2014 at 7:06 AM

Yes, I miss having George W Bush as my President. I what I miss most is the fact that he would talk to you and not down to you.

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richie February 26 2014 at 7:21 AM

I know he would like to paint a better picture of USA. Obama would has made it so he can,t.

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Lafreix@aol.com February 26 2014 at 7:39 AM

good luck on yonr new talent. thanks for your honest service to the USA

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Owen February 26 2014 at 7:43 AM

I would venture to guess, most clear thinking americans, wish bush was still our president, then the narcisist that occupies the white house at presant

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mspeeney February 26 2014 at 9:54 AM

I would like to make reprints of "43" paintings on self stick canvas and sell them to help our wounded warriors
mike speeney

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bjredmond64 February 26 2014 at 10:16 AM

i admire this man so much. he might not be perfect, but a great man, for sure.

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nyymjd February 26 2014 at 9:17 AM

Obama could paint a big white flag. Or a line in the sand.

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ajalsup1933 February 26 2014 at 6:21 AM

George will turn out to be one of our best President's ever --- compassioner, caring and a real cool guy. I thought his landing on the aircraft carrier during the Iran war was cool and he showed he has leadership --- he respects and in turn the military respects him. Obama is a phoney period!!!

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