An artist is fighting for the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery to include his portrait of President Donald Trump.
Julian Raven (pictured with the portrait) has even gone to the U.S. Supreme Court to make the Gallery add his portrait to its collection. Born in the United Kingdom, Raven became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and says he was inspired by God to paint a picture of then-candidate Donald Trump.
"Having shown it all over the country, a common comment that I received from people from New York to Los Angeles was this should be in the Smithsonian."
The 8-foot-by-16-foot portrait includes a likeness of Donald Trump next to an eagle, a U.S. flag, and planet Earth.
Regardless, Raven says the Gallery has refused to hang his portrait because of what he calls an anti-Trump bias.
"The director of the Smithsonian is an overt, anti-Trump leftist," the artist says of Kim Sajet. "And the day after President Trump was inaugurated, she went to the anti-Trump Women's March and was there protesting basically and tweeting how much she loved that march," says Raven.
"The last thing she said to me [in 2016] was – after I refuted all of her arbitrary objections to why my painting should not be hung – she said I'm the director of the National Portrait Gallery, your application is going nowhere, you can appeal it all you want and she hangs up the phone – and she called me!"
Raven is acting as his own attorney in his legal battle.
OneNewsNow contacted the Smithsonian Institution for comment and received the following response from chief spokesperson Linda St. Thomas:
"Mr. Raven brought this to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and lost, and then to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit which affirmed the decision of the lower court. We have no comment on his request to be heard by the Supreme Court."