The artist behind the bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton in a dress hanging in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion has revealed she had no idea the artwork had wound up in the pedophile billionaire’s home.
Artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid exhibited the original painting, which is called ‘Parsing Bill’, for her degree show when she graduated with an MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art.
She told DailyMail.com: ‘In 2012, as a grad student at the New York Academy of Art, I painted pictures of Presidents Clinton and Bush as part of my Master’s thesis.
‘When the school put on a fundraiser at the Tribeca Ball that year, they sold my painting to one of the attendees.
‘I had no idea who the buyer was at the time. As with most of my paintings, I had completely lost track of this piece when it was sold seven years ago.
‘So it was a complete surprise to me to learn yesterday that it wound up in Epstein’s home.’
The painting was secretly snapped inside the pedophile’s lavish $56 million home in October 2012, four years after Epstein completed his sweetheart deal for prostitution of a minor and seven years before he was accused of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls. It is unclear if Epstein had the original canvas or had a print mounted.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, was visiting Epstein to present a business proposal – an encounter with the pervert which included spotting a girl who seemed to be 14 waiting to see the financier.
The woman said she was shocked to catch sight of the portrait through an open door as she walked through the ornate home with her business partner.
The picture depicting the former president apparently lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress redolent of Monica Lewinsky was in a room off the stairway of the Upper East Side townhouse.
The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
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I want you: The original painting is by Australian-American artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, although it is unclear if Epstein had bought the canvas or had a print mounted.
How source saw it: Jeffrey Epstein had a bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton hanging in his Manhattan mansion, depicting the former president lounging on a chair in the Oval Office wearing red heels and an open-necked blue dress, a source exclusively told DailyMailTV
Artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid (pictured) exhibited the original painting, which is called ‘Parsing Bill’, for her degree show when she graduated with an MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art
Inspiration? The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors
Petrina Ryan-Kleid also painted this portrait of George W Bush as part of her work at the New York Academy of Art
Inspiration: Bill Clinton’s pointing finger is clearly inspired by James Montgomery Flagg’s famous World War One recruiting post
The source told DailyMailTV: ‘It was absolutely Bill Clinton. It was shocking – it was definitely a painting of him. It was a very provocative, sexual picture. He was wearing heels, a blue dress and his hand was in a weird position.
The color of the dress seemed to be a pointed reference to Clinton’s former intern Monica Lewinsky, who a blue dress during their infamous sexual encounter in the White House.
Epstein and Clinton were once friends, with the now 72-year-old flying on the now deceased financier’s private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, several times and on his own account vising the town house once – making it possible he could have seen the bizarre painting.
Clinton has however denied being on Epstein’s ‘pedophile island,’ Little St. James – a denial which Donald Trump sought to cast doubt on this week.
The presence of the picture is a new twist in the relationship between Clinton, his family and Epstein.
Last month the former president’s office said he had not known anything of Epstein’s crimes and had taken four trips with him in 2002 and 2003 – although flight logs showed that he had taken a total of at least 26 individual flights in the course of those.
One of Epstein’s former sex slaves, Virginia Roberts, claimed she saw Clinton on the island for a dinner held in his honor shortly after he left office, and stood by the claim when questioned under oath.
After the financier’s apparent suicide on Saturday morning, Trump retweeted a suggestion that the Clintons were somehow involved in the death and a link to court documents setting out Roberts’ evidence.
Additionally, Epstein’s alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, was a guest at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Meezvinsky, at least a year after the time when Bill Clinton says his relationship with Epstein ended.
The origin of the painting is unknown. DailyMail.com has seen metadata which verifies where and when the picture was taken. It was hanging against a dark-colored wall in Epstein’s stone fortress.
Epstein and Clinton (seen left) were once friends, with the now 72-year-old flying on the now deceased financier’s private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, several times and on his own account vising the town house once – making it possible he could have seen the bizarre painting. Artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid is pictured right
‘Clinton’ has his legs crossed over the arm of a chair, with blood red heels hovering over a rug that seems to bear the presidential seal.
The shoulder of the blue dress hangs off to the side as ‘Clinton’ seems to point a finger towards the viewer.
That image is apparently inspired by the famous image of Uncle Sam used in James Montgomery Flagg’s World War I recruiting poster.
Epstein was found dead by suicide on Saturday after he was arrested in July
The source who spotted the painting said she saw it while ‘being led from the office to his personal quarters when we saw the portrait.
‘It was through a door that had been left temporarily open by his housekeeper or butler.
‘I thought, ”Why in the world would Epstein have that up?” I didn’t even know that they knew each other.’
Although she was stunned by the painting, her business partner managed to take a snap of the painting.
She said: ‘He took a picture. I was mortified because there were cameras everywhere.’
The source added that she was inside Epstein’s home for around an hour and a half for the meeting, which had been arranged by the pedophile’s then-assistant Lesley Groff.
The glamorous blonde was named as a possible accomplice and granted immunity in Epstein’s controversial plea deal in 2008.
The source said: ‘We had been in communication with Lesley Groff. She was the person who coordinated our meeting.
‘We were met at the door of Epstein’s penthouse by a butler. He had a real butler – an old gentleman who walked with a limp. He led us to Lesley’s circular office. She was beautiful and fabulous and so nice and bubbly.
‘Then she led us into Epstein’s private quarters which is when we passed by the open door and the portrait.
‘We went into his dining room and spoke to him about the proposal.’
The source told DailyMailTV: ‘It was absolutely Bill Clinton. It was shocking – it was definitely a painting of him. It was a very provocative, sexual picture. He was wearing heels, a blue dress and his hand was in a weird position’. Pictured: Clinton and Lewinsky in 1997
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, was visiting Epstein’s home in New York (pictured) to present a business proposal in 2012 and said she was shocked to catch sight of the portrait through an open door as she walked through the ornate home with her business partner
Ongoing relationship? Epstein’s alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, was one of the guests at Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, at least a year after the former president says he last spoke to the pervert financier
In situ: Another source shared this image of the picture in Epstein’s home with DailyMail.com showing that it was known by those who came in to the townhouse
After the discussion, the source returned to the waiting area and said she noticed a young Hispanic girl was waiting to see Epstein.
She added: ‘We were wrapping things up with his private secretary and I noticed a young Hispanic girl there, all hunched up over her phone, waiting to see him next.
‘I thought it was odd that she was in the same waiting room we were in.
Showed around: Lesley Groff was involved in the meeting with Epstein at which the picture was taken. ‘She was beautiful and fabulous and so nice and bubbly,’ said the source
‘She was really young – she looked about 14. I thought that maybe she was the housekeeper’s daughter.’
The source added that during her hour long discussion with Epstein, he struck her as a ‘creepy’ man.
She said: ‘He came out in pajamas. He wasn’t messy but he had on a white t-shirt, pajama bottoms and bare feet. He was very grey and he looked creepy.
‘He looked like a villain to me. I immediately knew we didn’t want to do business with him, despite wanting the contract.
‘I knew he would bury us if something went wrong.’
The proposal fell through and she never worked with the billionaire.
The macabre and excessive decor of Epstein’s home has been well documented.
While New York tax officials assessed the home at $55.93 million, government prosecutors assessed it to be worth $77 million.
The sidewalk outside the home was heated so that any snow that settled on the pavement would melt immediately.
It is complete with multiple bedrooms, five bathrooms, a two-floor reception room and three three-room suites that span the entire fourth floor.
A Vanity Fair article noted that Epstein decorated his entrance hall with ‘row upon row of individually framed eyeballs… imported from England.’
The private Boeing 727 airliner (pictured) that carried prominent passengers also allegedly ferried underage girls
In February 2002 Naomi Campbell was aboard the aircraft with Bill Clinton, according to flight logs
One visitor to the sinister townhouse told the New York Times that there was a chessboard at the bottom of the stairs with customized figurines modeled after one of Epstein’s staffers and ‘dressed suggestively’.
Among the bizarre interior oddities is the mural on the second floor that Epstein commissioned that shows him in the middle of a prison scene and surrounded by barbed wire, guards and a guard station.
R. Couri Hay, a public relations specialist who was invited to Epstein’s home and viewed the mural just three months ago, recalled the billionaire saying: ‘That’s me, and I had this painted because there is always the possibility that could be me again’.
Other people to have visited the home noted a life-size doll hanging from a chandelier and a dining room designed to resemble a beach.
He has a table in his dining room covered with photos of famous faces, including a signed picture with former president Bill Clinton.
There is also a wall in Epstein’s study decorated with photos of director Woody Allen and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
Other visitors to the home noted a large 20-seat dining table surrounded by computer screens and phones.