Geoffrey Raymond’s Painting of Jim Cramer

Nov 11, 2011
J. Webster
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Geoffrey Raymond has come up with a very interesting concept: paint paintings of controversial figures in the news, mostly from Wall Street, and get people to write comments around the sides of the paintings. Here’s Raymond’s famous portrait of CNBC and Mad Money host, Jim Cramer. The painting is called, “Cramer Naked Short.” The painting is sold by the way according to Mr. Raymond. I wonder who bought it and for how much? Most of the paintings cost in the range of $75,000. Yes, that seems like a lot of money. But I really like the concept and the image certainly jumps out at you and makes an impact.

If you take a close look at the painting, you’ll also see some of the comments are pretty funny. You see a lot such and such company is fine. As in: Lehman is fine! AIG is fine! Enron is fine! and CountryWide is fine!

“Finished in July, 2010, this painting is second only to Eliot Spitzer in the total number of annotations (roughly 275). With its nod to Jean-Michel Basquiat, plus the controversial three nipples, it’s an amazing piece. SOLD

Over at his website, Raymond has past paintings of the likes of Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, Lloyd Blankfein, Bernie Madoff and Tim Geithner. And some of these paintings are still for sale. His latest masterpiece is of MF Global’s Jon Corzine.

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