Kim Jong Trump is a conceptual realism and modern expressionism painting by Indonesian artist, Hadi Masoed. While this post is not meant to be politically directed, the art speaks sardonically about the artist’s notions of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump’s comparable personalities.
North Korean “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un sports a Superman outfit. His people believe he is immortal and has other divine characteristics; however, his costume’s colors are deliberately reflective of the Joker’s because to believe he is inextinguishable is indeed, a joke. His outfit is contrasted with a timidly, on-guard expression.
Masoed’s interpretation of Donald Trump is presented in a gaudy yellow tie and red outfit, possibly to parallel his loud attitude (or to symbolize his love for McDonald’s) in the Republican party’s official color. His painted personality corresponding with his actual self: outgoing, donning his usual expression and even posing with a cellphone in a “selfie” stance.
Arrows circle around the world leaders then point upward, a metaphor suggesting their egocentric thinking, also supporting that worlds revolve around them, or that their power results in high egos.
The artist transcribes the powerful men as having an affinity for being both fun-loving and weapon-wielding, bad-boys. Their similarities may have lead to their newfound friendship.
Similarities abound, the worlds in which the subjects rule, contradict one another. North Korea is a country ruled similarly to that of a dictatorship and is disconnected from the rest of the world. Its development contradicts the country’s past counterpart, South Korea, a first-world country.
On the other hand, there is America, a democratic republic with incredibly outspoken individuals, with rights to free speech and free assembly even against their leaders, and a long history as a major world power.
Original art available on Saatchiart for $6,800: Kim Jong Trump by Hadi Masoed.