Cover of new book by artist and former Trump supporter Julian Raven

Reverse portrait of President Trump by Julian Raven after the January 6 coup attempt.

The shameful uprising of January 6, 2021 caused artist Julian Raven to completely cancel his support for former President Trump.

Julian Raven, bullet in the head

Julian Raven, artist and author


…a work of art, like a self-portrait of the artist as a Protestant pilgrim. A must read for anyone interested in America, art, law, politics, or religion, or just looking for an entertaining read. »

—Laurence Jarvik

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, July 26, 2022 / — Former Englishman, now American artist and author Julian Raven of New York will be at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery this Sunday, 31 July, at noon at the G Street entrance. He will be there to sign and distribute copies of his new book “Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant’s Odyssey, and his Free-Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption.” The artist will also make public statements about his new book, the unanswered federal law questions the book raises, as well as details about his ongoing goal of seeking a congressional amendment to the Smithsonian Act of 1846.

Smithsonian reform is Raven’s ultimate goal. Year after year, multiple failed efforts by Democratic DC Congresswoman Eleanor Norton Holmes and Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley are now amplified and highlighted in Raven’s book. The failure of congressional efforts highlights the unchanging critical legal schizophrenia and cause of anarchy that has facilitated the trampling of his expressive, artistic, and political 1st Amendment free speech rights. When the representatives of the people fail in their legitimate efforts to reform the institution of the people, it becomes the responsibility of the people as beneficiaries of the will of James Smithson to exercise his authority to compel Congress to fulfill its sacred fiduciary duty fiduciary and to remedy glaring legal anomalies.

Senator Grassley’s FOIA bills failed due to confusion over the Smithsonian Institution’s entity status. The FOIA applies to federal agencies, which the Smithsonian is not since it is an entirely private organization. But note the legal confusion in federal courts, aptly illustrated in Federal Judge Trevor McFadden’s decision in Raven Case #1: 17-cv-01240 (TNM), the judge asserted that the Smithsonian Institution is the government “throughout … the National Portrait Gallery has historically communicated government messages, in that it compiles the artwork of others for display on government property”, and yet Peter G Powers, former general counsel for the Smithsonian, of another Smithsonian scandal documented in the book, said: “virtually all Smithsonian property, including the museums on the Mall in Washington, is legally owned by the institution and not to the federal government….” In a speech written for Chief Justice Warren Burger, in his capacity as Chancellor of the Smithsonian, he quotes Chief Justice Howard Taft in his capacity as Chancellor of the Smithsonian saying, “The Smithsonian does not is not and has never been considered a government office. It is a private institution under government control”… The Smithsonian has made and will continue to make its most important research and educational contributions to the needs of the public precisely because it is not part of the federal government organization. This legal conundrum in Raven’s case is so severe that the Federal Court’s decision continues to violate the separation of powers doctrine, trampling on Raven’s 1st Amendment rights. The Supreme Court dismissed this unresolved issue of federal law (Case No. 19-6548). It will only be resolved now with a congressional amendment to the Smithsonian Act of 1846, the pursuit of which is Raven’s next chapter on her remarkable American odyssey.

Raven’s legal battle with the Smithsonian over her 2015 portrayal of Donald Trump took her all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her story was featured on the front page of The Washington Times and featured in the Washingtonian Magazine’s August 2019 issue. The story continued in The Washington Times and The Washington Times. Washingtonian magazine after Jan. 6, 2021, when Julian Raven flipped his painting. upside down and called on President Trump to repent and resign for breaking his oath of office and inciting insurrection.

Meet on the steps outside the National Portrait Gallery (G Street entrance) to meet the artist and author on Sunday July 31 at noon. A limited number of FREE, signed copies of “Odious and Cerberus” will also be offered.

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Artist and author Julian Raven talks about his new book “Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant’s Odyssey and his Free-Speech-war” at the Andrew Wilkow Show

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