Nude portrait of the prime minister turns heads
Published Friday, May 18, 2012 10:22PM EDT
TORONTO - It's the prime minister as you've never seen him before.
A painting by Kingston, Ont.,-based artist Margaret Sutherland depicting Stephen Harper in the nude is creating a stir.
"Emperor Haute Couture" shows the prime minister reclining on a chaise lounge wearing nothing but a subtle smile.
He is surrounded by people in suits, whose faces can't be seen. A dog rests at his feet as a woman in business attire offers him a Tim Hortons cup on a silver platter.
The painting currently graces a wall at the Kingston public library as part of an art competition that runs until the end of the month.
Chief Librarian Patricia Enright says some people think the piece is disrespectful while others like that it is on display.
The oil on canvas was first displayed last fall at Toronto's Edward Day Gallery, which represents Sutherland.
Gallery owner Mary Sue Rankin says the painting is a figurative piece that has a serious message about Harper not living up to his promises.