Washington: “I really like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Prime Minister is a wise leader.” This is what former US president George W Bush said after Manmohan described him as a “great friend of India” during a White House meeting in 2008.
Now Bush has proved that Indian Prime Minister evidently left deep impression with the US ex-president Bush essaying a painting of Singh, bearded and bewhiskered.
The portrait was unveiled at Bush's portrait exhibition comprising more than 24 portraits of world leaders he met while he was the president.
It includes: Dalai Lama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The exhibition was opened on Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
The exhibition also features Bush's self-portrait and a painting of his father.
In addition to his world leaders series, Bush's paintings include still lifes, landscapes, paintings of animals and self-portraits set in a bathtub and shower.
Bush's dalliance with painting has not been a secret. He has been at it for a couple of years now after taking inspiration from an essay by Churchill titled ‘Painting as a pastime', suggested to him by Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis.