18 October, 2017
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.More news: UN Denounces Lack of Humanitarian Access to Myanmar's Rakhine State
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.
He is believed to be an exciting choice for the presidential portrait.