From an 'Icon' to a 'Tragic Figure'! 120 Shades of Donald Trump

Published January 26th, 2021 - 07:21 GMT

American-Israeli artist Iddo Markus couldn't stop painting Donald Trump. Iddo Markus flaunts oil color works on canvas and wood that feature 120 shades of Donald Trump as a part of a portrait series. Now he deals with people reacting with anger and disgust to his work.

The face is obscure and grim, but the blonde comb-over and tie leave no doubt that the image carpeting the studio of Israeli painter Iddo Markus is that of Donald Trump.

He is saying that he doesn't like him but he was nonetheless fascinated by the now "tragic figure".

When the billionaire presented his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, the Israeli artist said he "couldn't believe it". But he could not tear his eyes from the man with the "orange face and yellow hair", whose image and laconic prose inundated television networks and social media for more than four years.

His arts depict a man with a distorted face, but whose silhouette is immediately recognizable.

Markus has dubbed the portrait series "The Apprentice", after the reality TV show that contributed to Trump's popularity.

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Trump / oil on wood /2017 Part of 70 paintings installation done from 2016-2020 (Instagram)

Trump / oil on wood /2017 Part of 70 paintings installation done from 2016-2020 (Instagram)

Israeli painter Iddo Markus poses for a picture at his studio, surrounded by his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus poses for a picture at his studio, surrounded by his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US president. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US president. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Trump / oil on wood /2018/ Part of 100 paintings installation done from 2016-2020. (Instagram)

Trump / oil on wood /2018/ Part of 100 paintings installation done from 2016-2020. (Instagram)

Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus works at his studio where he displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Israeli painter Iddo Markus works at his studio where he displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Trump / oil on wood /2017 Part of 70 paintings installation done from 2016-2020 (Instagram)
Israeli painter Iddo Markus poses for a picture at his studio, surrounded by his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US president. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Trump / oil on wood /2018/ Part of 100 paintings installation done from 2016-2020. (Instagram)
Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus works at his studio where he displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Trump / oil on wood /2017 Part of 70 paintings installation done from 2016-2020 (Instagram)
Trump / oil on wood /2017 Part of 70 paintings installation done from 2016-2020 (Instagram)
Israeli painter Iddo Markus poses for a picture at his studio, surrounded by his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus poses for a picture at his studio, surrounded by his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US president. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US president. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Trump / oil on wood /2018/ Part of 100 paintings installation done from 2016-2020. (Instagram)
Trump / oil on wood /2018/ Part of 100 paintings installation done from 2016-2020. (Instagram)
Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus arranges his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, at his studio in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus works at his studio where he displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP
Israeli painter Iddo Markus works at his studio where he displays some of his paintings of former US president Donald Trump, in the northern port city of Haifa, on January 22, 2021. Markus became fascinated by the "tragic figure" of Donald Trump, and the walls and floor of his studio are packed with some 120 portraits of the former US presidents. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP