Speed painter reveals $20,000 portrait purchased by Donald J. Trump Foundation - Michael Israel

Speed painter reveals $20,000 portrait purchased by Donald J. Trump Foundation

Michael Israel Art Studios Statement


Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 12:26 AM

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.

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.

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Speed painter Michael Israel, who painted another portrait of Trump earlier this year, found a photo of the original Trump portrait. (MICHAEL ISRAEL VIA YOUTUBE)

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.

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  • Lee

    Great magazine!

  • Ethan Marek

    Michael Israel Art Studios Statement

    Trump Painting Saves Abused Women and Children!

    Michael Israel, a famous speed painter, is renowned for using his art to bring attention and money to worthy causes.

    Surrounding the now famous Trump painting, on the night in question, 5 artworks were painted on stage then auctioned to benefit Home Safe, a charity that prevents and protects women, children, and infants from abuse. 5 artworks painted, 6 artworks SOLD! Melania Trump won the bid for a portrait of Donald.

    The controversy? Home Safe charity was paid with a Trump Foundation check. If the Trumps kept the painting for themselves, for instance, in their home, it would be self-serving. It is our understanding the mission of charitable foundations is to give money to help charities. They did! The money paid for the painting did help prevent and protect children and women from abuse. Now with all the media attention, the artwork’s place in history is assured and it is likely an excellent artwork investment for the Trump Foundation (If the Foundation kept it) or any charity the Trump Foundation might have donated it to!

    A personal message to Donald and Melania Trump,

    THANK YOU for your support of Home Safe… and my work! I have more for sale 😉

    Live in Color!

    Michael Israel

    P.S. – President Obama and Hillary Clinton have talked about my 6-ft painting… I wonder if they would like me to paint a 6-ft portrait for them too! If you speak with either, please let them know they might get a deal on my work at a sanctioned charity event or a painting can be commissioned at my standard rate by contacting my studio michaelisrael.com

    P.P.S. I am thrilled my art has once again hit the world’s stage! I am thrilled it has made more of a positive difference in people’s lives than simply matching the couch. I am dismayed but unfortunately not surprised it is being used to make negative statements as well.

    P.P.P.S. My art is pro-America and hugely patriotic! I paint tributes to Freedom, First Responders, Police, Military, and important causes!

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