the official portraits of president barack obama and first lady michelle obama were unveiled today at the smithsonian national portrait gallery in washington, D.C.. kehinde wiley and amy sherald — hailing from brooklyn and baltimore, respectively — were selected to paint president obama and mrs. obama, marking the first time african american artists have created smithsonian-commissioned portraits of a former president and first lady.

barack obama official portrait
president barack obama by kehinde wiley | image © kehinde wiley

 

 

‘to call this experience humbling would be an understatement,’ president barack obama stated. ‘that’s because, as a former president, when you choose an artist to describe your likeness, you have the opportunity to shape, quite literally, how someone sees the office of the american presidency. and how they might see themselves in that presidency.’

barack obama official portrait
michelle obama by amy sherald

 

 

‘the arts have always been central to the american experience,’ obama continues. ‘they provoke thought, challenge our assumptions, and shape how we define our narrative as a country. thanks to kehinde wiley and amy sherald, generations of americans — and young people from all around the world — will visit the national portrait gallery and see this country through a new lens.’

  • It seems like Joe Biden turned black. Look at it carefully, it does not wholly resemble Mr. Obama.

    Tung Cab says:
  • Agree with Tung… He looks oddly caucasian? He also smiles more – this makes him look stiff. Poor Michele, it is as some school kid won a contest to do the painting. This is a dreadful painting. Is there no oversight?

    Use the photo of Trump playing tennis for his.

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • kehinde Wiley is not a great painter, though the hype would declare otherwise. The paintings by his own hand have always been stiff and off-colour. Sad FACT of the matter is, “his” painting ability only got better once he started to have “his” paintings done in a “painting factory” in CHINA from photographs he took.
    So it begs the question, who really painted this portrait, wiley Wiley or a factory worker in China? A low ebb in outsourcing?

    Robert H. says:
  • Does Prez O have a sixth finger on his left hand? Poorly done.
    Poor Michelle…poor poor Michelle…she didn’t have a portrait made of herself.

    Steve K. says:
  • 2 Samuel 21:20
    “And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.”

    Derrick says:

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