The nude Stephen Harper. No, really. The NUDE Stephen Harper.

- May 17th, 2012

This is just plain, well, weird …

… Prime Minister Stephen Harper is completely naked.

The oil on canvas painting, entitled Emperor Haute Couture by artist Margaret Sutherland, is raising eyebrows at the Kingston, Ont., library where it is currently on display in a room.

The painting was unveiled earlier this month during the Kingston Arts Council annual juried art show. The piece is selling for $5,000.

Read at the whole weird story:  Sun News : Nude painting of Harper raises eyebrows.


The artist is Margaret Sutherland. You can review her portfolio at her Web site.

UPDATE: The only comment from the Prime Minister’s Office was from his chief spokesman Andrew MacDougall on Twitter: “we’re not impressed. Everyone knows the PM is a cat person.”

MPs have been asked by reporters all day about this.

NDP MP Peter Stoffer: “To me, it’s on the line of what is called free expression, freedom of speech and something that’s over [the line].  I understand freedom of expression and artistic expression because my wife is an artist, but that, I would consider a bit tacky in that regard.”

Asked if he thought was inappropriate, Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro simply said, “Yes.”

And here’s Liberal MP Scott Brison, with probably the wittiest exchange:

Reporter: What are your hopes for the future of this painting? Right now, it’s on display at a library in Kingston. Where do you think it will wind up?

Brison:              I’m sure it will be well hung somewhere.

Reporter:             What do you think of the painting?.

Brison:              It didn’t do much for me, but I can tell you that this is one case where I think we really do need a conservative cover-up and I guess you could say in this – in this painting, it’s quite obvious that the prime minister has very little to hide.

 

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27 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Do you find this work reminiscent of Manet’s “Olympia”? The dog, the servant, the pose.

  2. Gabby in QC says:

    I prefer this self-portrait of the artist.
    http://starportraits.ca/meet-the-artists/margaret

  3. Karen Krisfalusi says:

    It’s only surprising it took so long. Actually this type of art is a signpost describing how far the political persona has infiltrated the collective public cOnsciousness. He’s finally arrived…

    http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Oil-MICHELLE-OBAMA-NUDE-PORTRAIT/81888/1315419/view

  4. Heidemarie Courtois says:

    This is insane. I am sad that this is what Canadian Artist’s call Art.

    The Library in Kingston should be ashamed of diplaying this kind of garbage – this is not art!!!

  5. Rachael says:

    I think this is most outrageous and insulting to depict our Primeminister in such a way.Memories are short does no one remember the fiasco when Kim Campbell was depicted in an almost similar fashion with at least a robe to cover her and she was a willing “poser”

  6. Whit Fraser says:

    what’s with the dog? Is this a flip flop- has he given up on stray cats?

  7. Leo La Forest says:

    If you aren’t already disgusted with the performance of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Government, then this should do it.

  8. hollinm says:

    This is disrespectful of the office of the Prime Minister. Whether Sutherland or any other left wing loon likes it he was elected to Parliament and his party won a majority government. Nothing is going to change that fact. Sutherland should focus her talents on something that is not as disgusting.

  9. MyView says:

    To Leo LaForest: You seem to think Harper willingly posed for this portrait! Are you for real?

  10. Michelle says:

    I like it :)

  11. JamesHalifax says:

    Well, the subject matter is clearly inappropriate as the person being depicted was not privvy to the work before its unveiling. That being said, she is clearly an artist in the real sense as the execution is pretty good. At least she didn’t piss in a jar and fill it with a crucifix.

  12. John Henry says:

    Hilarious. Hope it makes it around the world in all the tabloids and on the major TV Networks. :))

    Oh and if it makes “Hollinm” disgusted , it makes me very happy.

  13. keith says:

    I can’t wait until someone paints Maggie Trudeau with the Rolling Stones.

  14. Rod Croskery says:

    An good alternate name for the painting would be “F-35″.

  15. Karen limacher says:

    I am disappointed in this artist attempt to capture the arrogance of this Prime Minister. I am saddened that she missed a very important detail that although it is not readily apparent at first glance it is easy to detect if one has followed the destructive path of this man. The horns distinctive to our idea of what the devil looks like is all but missing, the horns.

  16. Jim T says:

    For a Conservative , Mr Harper is very liberal acting I must say myself. However throughout time people in power have been painted nude and displayed. We just happen to be in a different time period when this is not as acceptable as it once was. For a guy who stays out of camera lens way politically he went to the extreme on this one. Frankly , I love it and think we should have more nudity in our country . Perhaps Mr Harper would like to legalize it publically.
    Then again , perhaps this portrait should of been made public after his term in office was over and he was no longer the leader of Canada.

  17. karl says:

    We need to remind our politicians they are human. I wouldn’t hang it in my living room but bravo. In 80% of the world, the artist would face death or imprisonment. Never assume you have a freedom until some tries to exercise it. I’m glad there are people testing what freedoms we actually have.

  18. Sarah says:

    I like it. Stephen looks like a real hunk. When I vote next election I will have a pleasing erotic memory of Stephen. I asked several of my cougar friends about nude Stephen and every one of them liked it/him. This painting is a real turn on for me. Mulcair and Rae look like dorks.

  19. Anne Streeter says:

    Emperor Harper – the Emperor has no clothes. Fits perfectly!

  20. Magic says:

    The Roman Empire Colapased. Harpers will to

  21. george peters says:

    i found the painting to be absolutely hilarious. i didn’t think he went in for anything so racy, after all, this is the guy, that shakes his kid’s hand. you know the picture will be downloaded and slathered all over the net. yep, he does have very little to hide. yuk, yuk.

  22. george peters says:

    and by the way, lady, if you are reading these comments, you can paint me nude anytime. would have to be a bigger canvas for you tho.

  23. Melw says:

    I like the Timmie’s cup lol!

  24. J.C. says:

    To Magic: Harper’s will to….what? Learn how to spell (“too” – that means “also”). And while you’re learning how to spell, realize that if it wasn’t for Harper, we’d be in the same position as Greece, etc.

    Also, obviously Harper has a much better sense of humour than some of the above stuffed shirts.

    To George Peters: We’re not allowed to be out front now when my ten year old grandson gets on his school bus. Do you think perhaps the handshake was the son’s idea?

  25. Bridgitte says:

    Oh dear, another disgruntled artist. We’re asked to show fiscal restraint …other countries are in debt up to their eyeballs, we hear it everyday.

    Provincial Liberals, have made Ontario a have-not province.

    G.Peters, sounds like you think Harper posed for this, naive!

  26. Jen says:

    What about a nude painting of Chretien, Paul Martin, Peter Mansbridge, Mulclair, Sid Ryan, Libby Davis, Dalton Mac Guinty or any other? I am sure the so call artist will have no problem there.Do you think that the artist will be sued for not asking permission first?
    But since it is the PM Harper who cares right, the leader of the country gets worse treatment than the taliban itself or Omar K.

  27. Ronald Lee says:

    The artist has talent but she should have painted Harper like Louis XIV of France with the caption “L’état c’ést moi.” He should also have been standing on the Prairies with the Alberta Tar Sands pumping out pollution behind him surrounded by poisoned wildlife.

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