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Scandal-tarnished first son Hunter Biden’s newfound career as a painter may actually prove to be a success — as experts say his artwork is impressive and will fetch big bucks.
“I think it’s pretty strong — I like it,’’ Mark Tribe, chairman of the MFA Fine Arts Department at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, told The Post.
“The colors and compelling organic forms — it’s the kind of organic abstraction that I find easy on the eyes and provokes your curiosity,’’ Tribe said of the mixed-media paintings and drawings by President Biden’s son.
Hunter, 51, has said he is embarking on a full-time career as an artist, with plans in the works for a private showing of his creations for potential buyers in Los Angeles in the fall and then an exhibition in New York, arnet.com said Monday.
He paints and draws and assembles collages — typically colorful works that range from geometric patterns to trees and human body parts.
“I’ve been in the art business since 1956,’’ said Alex Acevedo, 75, who owns the Alexander Gallery in Midtown, Manhattan, to The Post.
“I’m not impressed with modern art at all. But I was floored by that guy,’’ he said of Hunter’s artwork.
“The palette was wonderful. The space was well-organized. I would buy a couple of them.
“And anybody who buys it would be guaranteed instant profit,” Acevedo added. “He’s the president’s son. Everybody would want a piece of that. The provenance is impeccable.’’
Prices for Hunter’s art range from $75,000 for works on paper to half a million bucks for his large paintings, his SoHo art dealer, Georges Berges — who once served jail time for assault with a deadly weapon — told artnet.
Acevedo said the pieces would garner more like $25,000 to $100,000 if not for Hunter’s name. The art consultant said he expects some of the works to possibly top $1 million in the end.
Tribe said it doesn’t bother him that Hunter has no formal training.
“I understand that he’s self-taught but that he’s been making art all his life — that’s pretty common, and to me, that’s no reason to discount the value of his work,’’ Tribe said.
Still, on the pricing of Hunter’s work, “That would be on the high end, certainly, for an emerging artist,’’ Tribe said.
Hunter — a lawyer and former lobbyist who has been caught in a slew of explosive scandals, including alleged corruption in his business dealings with China and Ukraine — told artnet that his creative work is “not a tool that I use to be able to, in any way, cope.
“It comes from a much deeper place,’’ said the former drug addict.
“If you stand in front of a Rothko, the things that he evokes go far beyond the pain that Rothko was experiencing in his personal life at that moment,’’ said Hunter, invoking abstract-painting legend Mark Rothko.
“I don’t paint from emotion or feeling, which I think are both very ephemeral,” Hunter said. “For me, painting is much more about kind of trying to bring forth what is, I think, the universal truth.
“The universal truth is that everything is connected and that there’s something that goes far beyond what is our five senses and that connects us all.’’
Asked whether the president is a fan of his art, Hunter replied, “My dad loves everything that I do, and so I’ll leave it at that.’’
Art consultant Martin Galindo told The Post that while he’s “not a fan” of the work by Hunter that he’s seen, “I’m very positive that he’s gonna do well in the market because this industry is very much about, what’s a simple way to put this — it’s like clout.”
Referring to a psychedelic blue and pinkish ink work by Hunter that resembles bacteria under a microscope, Galindo said, “Oh, my God, that looks like COVID.
“Honestly, I mean, from an aesthetic perspective, I don’t like it. But I’m sure he’s gonna do really well,” the art consultant said.
Meanwhile, a 67-year-old art collector on the Upper East Side called Hunter’s work “nice.”
“They’re different,’’ she said of some of his pieces.
Still, the woman, who only gave her first name, Jill, said, “I think a lot of people can do that.
And she added of the president’s son, who has not been charged in any of his political scandals:
“I wouldn’t pay s–t for it because he’s a criminal.’’
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