Barack and Michelle Obama Select Artists to Paint Their Official Portrait

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama
Get To Know The Artists Painting The Obamas' Official Portraits

18 October, 2017

According to the National Portrait Gallery's website, the former president tapped renowned New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley.

But the selection of Wiley and Sherald by the Obamas carries another important legacy - one that goes beyond art itself.

Sounds like the ideal choice to paint the portrait of the United States' first Black president! 'Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century'. We definitely can not wait to see the paintings of the Obamas; they're sure to make us miss them even more.

Mr Wiley, known for his vibrant portrayals of young African-Americans set against colourful Baroque backdrops, is also likely to break from the stylistic convention set by previous presidential portraits.

His rich, highly saturated colour palette and his use of decorative patterns complement his realistic, yet expressive, likenesses.

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Having made the name for himself after painting portraits of LL Cool J, Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., Wiley now will add the biggest name in his collection yet.

Sherald is the first woman to win first place in the National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which she won in 2016.

At the end of each presidency, the Portrait Gallery partners with the White House to commission one official portrait each of the President and the First Lady.

Michelle Obama picked Amy Sherald to work on her portrait. The works will be unveiled and incorporated into its collection in 2018.

He is believed to be an exciting choice for the presidential portrait.

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