"That got picked up by a television station, and their report went all over the country," Mr. McNaughton said. "It was a huge surge of sales for me. The people on the left that go to the greatest lengths to mock my paintings have actually done me a service. And it's kind of flattering."
Rather, it's related to the reason he released detailed videos and online guides that explain the symbolism and historical references in each of his political paintings - something of an anomaly in the contemporary art world.