George W. Bush recently unveiled a rather bland portrait of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The most exciting thing about the painting is that it was probably copied from Wikipedia.

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Bush presents Harper as he would like to be seen: threatening, steadfast and vaguely cheerful. Bush even gives him back his brown hair, making him look much younger.

But most artists haven't been so generous. Not surprising considering the PM once said "ordinary people" don't care about arts funding.

From comparisons to Napoleon to less-than-flattering nudes, Canadian artists have rendered some powerful visual critiques of Harper and his government. Here are some of our favourites.

harper portrait 1
By Mahshid Farhoudi


By Simon LaBadie Chartrand


By Dan Lacey

harper nude
By Margaret Sutherland

harper painting
By Barry Padolsky

harper painting 2
By Greg Ludlow

harper puck
By Katherine McNenly

stephen harper art
By Norman Takeuchi

stephen harper portrait
By Reid McLachlan

harper painting artists
By Sharon Lafferty

harper napoleon
By Tony Clark

stephen harper portrait
By Kirsten McCrea

And our favourite version of Bush's portrait.

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