Michael Israel Art Studios Statement
Speed painter Michael Israel dug up the quickie portrait bought by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s charity foundation during a Mar-a-Lago fund-raiser.
Israel revealed his bright orange creation — a towering portrait he whipped together during a Palm Beach, Fla., auction after reports pondered where Trump stashed the painting.
President Obama criticized Trump in September for dropping $20,000 worth of donations from the Donald J. Trump Foundation — instead of his own cash — to buy the Israel original.
The purchase may have also violated self-dealing laws for private foundations if Trump bought the painting for his personal use, tax experts told the Washington Post.
Israel unearthed photos from the Mar-a-Lago event on an external hard drive and shared the find on his website Tuesday. The photos show the painter feverishly slapping several shades of orange on the billionaire’s portrait. He then scribbled on Trump’s iconic mop of hair and slapped together a blue tie.
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The painting took Israel at least five minutes to make, according to the Post.
Israel said Melania Trump won the bid for his Trump portrait and the Washington Post reports she then doubled her bid from $10,000 to contribute to the Home Safe charity that helps victims of domestic violence.
Israel thanked the Trumps for supporting the charity but in a blog post, he urged the couple undo their alleged self-dealing.
“In the event, you did hang the painting in your home. 1. WOW! Thanks for the compliment! I have more for sale,” Israel wrote. “If you kept it for yourself, you need to put $20K back in the foundation.”
The artist, who did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment late Tuesday, previously stated he believes the painting went to one of Trump’s golf courses.
A former manager for Israel told the Post that Melania Trump requested the painting be shipped to his golf club in upstate New York.