History was made and rules were broken when former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively to paint their likeness for their Smithsonian presidential portraits.
For the first time, two black artists had the task of immortalizing the first black couple in the White House and the unveiling ceremony on Monday revealed stunning pieces of work from the seasoned artists.
Kehinde Wiley, the artist behind Barack Obama's official presidential portrait, is known for two paintings that depict black women holding bloody knives and the severed heads of white women.
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Will Be Doing The Job Barack and Michelle Obama have selected two artists that will paint their portraits–artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have been chosen to execute the task. The official portrai...
Two African-Americans, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery for the official Obama portraits.
The artworks by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald reflect how the Obamas have championed diverse, modern art The official portraits of former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama look very little like the portraits of othe...