Gallery selling Hunter’s art saw federal COVID loan rise from $150,000 to $500k after Biden took office
The art gallery that sells Hunter Biden’s paintings saw its federal COVID-19 loan rise from $150,000 to $500,000 after his father took office, it has been revealed.
Public records, seen by the New York Post, show the Georges Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York City, which last year applied for and received a $150,000 COVID emergency loan from the Small Business Administration.
In July 2021 — six months after Joe Biden took office — this figure was subsequently revised, giving the company another $350,000 and more than tripling the total value of the loan.
Just over two months later, the gallery staged a pop-up show at Hollywood’s famed Milk studios to sell the president’s son’s paintings, which cost between $75,000 and $500,000.
The Soho gallery will also be holding a show of his work in New York City this spring, after being pushed back from its original launch date this month.
Hunter Biden posed with ex-Mayor Michael Tubb of Stockton at his pop-up show in Los Angeles on Oct. 1.
Georges Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York City (above), which sells Hunter Biden’s paintings, saw his federal COVID-19 loan rise from $150,000 to $500,000 after his father took office, has been revealed
In total, the gallery received approximately $580,000 in COVID-19 relief payments, after it also received two Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling approximately $80,000 in April 2020 and February 2021.
The substantial loans, intended for companies hit hard during the pandemic, including to cover salaries, were granted despite the fact that Georges Bergès Gallery only employed two people.
There is no indication that the president was involved in making these loans or that his son Hunter took advantage of the payments — either by paying the gallery or using the money to market his paintings.
However, it’s because questions have already been raised about the ethical implications of Hunter’s art business.
Prior to the LA show, an agreement was reached that Bergès would monitor the sale of Hunter’s artwork for potential conflicts of interest and that all purchasers would remain anonymous to avoid possible attempts to influence the Biden administration.
But in videos and photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, on October 1, Hunter and Bergès had about 200 people entertained in the Milk studios for an exclusive, invitation-only event to showcase his 15 expensive paintings.
Hunter Biden was seen rubbing fists with world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and rubbing elbows with other celebrities and wealthy potential buyers at his art exhibition
The president’s son and his gallery manager Georges Bergès entertained about 200 guests when he made his professional art debut at Milk Studios in Hollywood
Potential buyers and celebrity guests at the event included world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, LA Mayor Moby, President-nominated Presidential Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, and the artist behind Barack Obama’s iconic Hope poster.
The exclusive event fueled speculation about how buyers’ identities would be shielded.
Now some critics are claiming the timing of the loans, and the amount suggests that the president’s son’s “midlife crisis art career” is “subsidized by the American people.”
Tom Anderson, director of the conservative watchdog the National Legal and Policy Center, told the Post the money could have been used to promote Hunter’s artwork – which could be an ethical violation.
Art dealer George Bergès who runs the Georges Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York
“We’ve hit a new low in American politics, where the president’s son is getting his midlife crisis art career subsidized by the American people as part of our pandemic response to COVID,” Anderson said.
“This is a unique situation where the president’s son directly benefits from federal loans to a third party.”
Anderson said the Georges Bergès Gallery received “by far” the toughest COVID-29 relief package of more than 100 galleries in New York City’s 10th congressional district.
He filed a complaint with the SBA this week questioning the size of the loans.
New York Republican Representative Claudia Tenney said the disclosure about the gallery’s loans “shatters the public’s trust in the president just when you thought it couldn’t get any lower.”
Bergès told the Post how the gallery got the loan under the previous administration.
“I received my PPP loan in April 2020, when Donald Trump was president, along with countless other galleries that, given the global pandemic, we had every right to…Most galleries got this loan,” Bergès said.
“We weren’t unique.”
The artist page for Hunter Biden on the gallery website. The Soho Gallery will also hold an exhibition of his work in New York City this spring
Hunter’s paintings were priced from $75,000 for a single piece on paper to half a million dollars for large-scale paintings (Pictured: Two pieces of Biden’s work – It’s unclear which reproductions were sold or if any other works were sold after the LA show opened )
DailyMail.com has contacted the gallery for further comment.
It was revealed this week that Hunter had already sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each before the LA pop-up launched.
It is unclear whether any other works have been sold since the exhibition opened.
Sources told the Post that lawyers are now vetting potential buyers ahead of the Manhattan exhibit.
The White House has been receiving questions this week about Hunter’s art show — questions that press secretary Jen Psaki has largely referred to the gallery owner.
“Well, just to be clear, we’ve talked to the arrangement being managed by the gallery owner and Representative Hunter Biden, which the White House has made suggestions for,” she said Wednesday.
“For questions about the event, I refer you to the gallery owner and to Mr. Garcetti’s representatives regarding his attendance.”
Hunter and Joe Biden. Questions have already been raised about the ethical implications of Hunter’s art business