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Controversial Painting Exposes Blago

First Gov. Palin, now Blago is subject of local painter



    Controversial Painting Exposes Blago
    Artist Bruce Elliot's graphic portrayal of Gov. Rod Blagojevich is entitled "The Cavity Search."

    Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been exposed in more ways than one.

    Bruce Elliott, the painter made famous for his nude portrait of Gov. Sarah Palin, has nearly completed another "revealing" work of art.

    Elliott's latest piece shows a nervous Blagojevich handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit pulled down to his knees. A nearby guard wears an intimidating rubber glove.

    Disrespectful? Insulting? That's exactly the tone Elliott is aiming for.

    "I was stunned when I found out what that criminal complaint [outlined]," the artist told the Chicago Tribune. "Hopefully, someone is going to find this irreverent."

    Elliott also hopes that his choice of Democrat male subject will appease all those naysayers who criticized his earlier Republican female one.

    The painting, entitled "The Cavity Search," will hang on the wall of Elliott's wife's bar, the Old Town Ale House, right next to his controversial Sarah Palin portrait.