Saturday 22 October 2016

Artist who painted nude Donald Trump with micropenis claims she was assaulted by one of his supporters

Published 04/05/2016 | 13:44

Illma Gore posted this image to Instagram
Illma Gore posted this image to Instagram

An artist who drew a nude portrait of Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has claimed she was beaten up by one of the Republican candidate’s supporters.

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The artwork, which showed Trump with a micropenis, went viral earlier this year.

Illma Gore, 24, posted an image on Instagram of her face with a black eye.

She said the attack happened in Los Angeles, near her home, and added that she has reported it to local authorities.

Gore explained that her attacker leapt from his car, yelled “Trump 2016!” and punched her in the face.

“Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially though art, I think violence is disgusting,” she wrote.

“To live in a place where Facebook has given my address to an anonymous third party makes me feel like I am homeless again. This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn't safe.

“I am sad that this is the state of our America right now. I am sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, don't find words enough to express their opinions - they need walls, waterboarding and punches.”

She quoted Pablo Picasso in another Instagram post: “Art is the lie that allows us to see the truth.”

Gore recently hit headlines for her controversial painting of Trump, which was put on sale at the Mayfair Maddox Gallery in London.

It went viral after she shared it on her Facebook page in February and now has a £1m price tag.

Gore has said she is not “deterred” by the attack and plans to release artwork of Ted Cruz in a similar vein, even though the Republican candidate has now pulled out of the Presidential race.

Trump is now the US Republican presidential nominee in all but name.

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