The Official Portraits Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled

The Official Portraits Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled

The official portraits of the Obamas were unveiled during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were commissioned by the Gallery, to create President Obama and Michelle Obama’ portraits.

Kehinde Wiley is a New York City-based portrait painter, known for his highly naturalistic paintings of black people in heroic poses. While Baltimore-based Amy Sherald is reputed for her unique style which tends to underscore themes of social justice as she paints black skin tones in gray in view of eliminating the assigned “color” of her subjects.

“Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love,” the Barack Obama said of his wife.

“They will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the walls of this great American institution … And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives because I was one of those girls,” said Michelle Obama while thinking about the impact Sherald’s work will have on “girls and girls of color.”

Kehinde and Amy who were tapped by Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama respectively are the first African Americans commissioned to paint official portraits of the first couple for the National Portrait Gallery.

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February 13th, 2018

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