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Official Portraits Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled

Official Portraits Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled

by | 13th February 2018
Barack and Michelle Obama (Getty Images)

Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama were in attendance to witness the unveiling of their official presidential portraits at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

 

Kehinde Wiley, New York City-based portrait painter who is known for his highly naturalistic paintings of black people in heroic poses, was tapped for the official portraits of Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Baltimore-based Amy Sherald was tapped for the portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama.

 

At the unveiling, the former president said artist Kehinde Wiley cheerfully ignored almost all of his suggestions.

 

“He listened very thoughtfully to what I had to say before doing exactly what he always intended to do,” he said. “I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow to do what I asked,” Obama deadpanned. “I tried to negotiate smaller ears and struck out on that as well.”

 

Wiley and Sherald are the first African American artists to be commissioned for presidential portraits.

 

See the portraits below:

 

Barack Obama

 

Michelle Obama

 

Barack Obama with Kehinde Wiley / Photo Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

 

Michell Obama with Amy Sherald / Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

 

 

Photo: Getty Images