Pawlenty’s $25K portrait to be done by painter of Presidents Bush and ‘Real Housewives’

Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s official portrait, which will hang in the Capitol with the other state governors, will be painted by Ross R. Rossin — known as Rossin, who’s painted President George W. Bush, President George H. Bush and Sharee of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger of the Star Tribune directs us to more of the Bulgarian artists’ works, both traditional, and not so much.

The governor’s office said the portrait will cost about $25,000. The previous gubernatorial portraits for Arne Carlson and Jesse Venutura cost $20,000 each.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by scott cantor on 12/21/2010 - 08:37 pm.

    In these difficult economic times, with the state facing multi-billion dollar budget shortfalls (er, ahem, I mean “surpluses”), is it unreasonable to ask that Pawlenty get his portrait done at Valley Fair like the rest of us do?

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 12/22/2010 - 10:52 am.

    The irony here is that while his office was announcing this commission, Pawlenty was boasting to the media of his success over the past 8 years in reining in runaway spending. Or is irony really the word for it?

  3. Submitted by Tim Brausen on 12/22/2010 - 01:23 pm.

    “Do as I say, not as I do” has been this Governor’s motto all along, where self-interest clearly trumps the public interest. One last trifle for King Tim, while the rest of us eat cake. Good riddance!

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 12/22/2010 - 02:31 pm.

    I don’t have any objection to the image of an outgoing Governor being added to the images of past Governors in the State Capitol.

    While the $25,000 is outrageous, as others have said, for someone who claims to have reined in an overly-generous legislature, my own curiosity is piqued by a different point.

    What I wonder about is why – in the 21st century, when we not only have more than a century of experience with photography, but decades of experience with color photography, and years of experience with digital photography – the departing Governor and the state could not arrange for Mr. Pawlenty to sit for a formal portrait with a recognized portrait photographer. Portrait photographers can be expensive, too, but even at a hefty $10,000 fee, there’s still a substantial savings to the state over a painted portrait, and a more accurate likeness, as well.

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