Just a week or two ago, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Washington, D.C., announced the two artists slated to paint the official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Who are they?
Internationally acclaimed painter Kehinde Wiley, best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African Americans, and portrait master Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, have been chosen to paint the NPG’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The two portraits will be unveiled at the museum in early 2018 and will be added to the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. “The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former President and First Lady,” said Kim Sajet, director of the NPG. “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.”
According to the NPG, “At the end of each presidency, the museum partners with the White House to commission one official portrait of the President and one of his spouse. There are two sets of official portraits: one for the White House and one for the National Portrait Gallery. The museum began to commission Presidents’ portraits with George H.W. Bush.”
To learn more, visit the National Portrait Gallery.
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