~~February 12, 2018~~
They’ll be on display with other presidential images at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC
Barack’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle’s by Amy Sherald.
The artists are the first African-Americans ever commissioned by the gallery to paint official portraits.
I was watching the event live.
Aside from appreciating its importance and meaning, it felt amazing to listen to these two amazing human beings.
Their tone came through effortlessly as well as their class, dignity, education and knowledge among many other things.
I was so soothing for my soul.
Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s official portraits were unveiled Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, was unveiled first.
Artist Kehinde Wiley and Barack Obama unveil the former president’s portrait.
Both Obamas chose black artists who’ve been praised by Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley – an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans.
For Michelle Obama’s portrait, she is honored in a portrait by Amy Sherald who is a Baltimore-based artist and first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
~SAUL LOEB VIA GETTY IMAGES~
Michelle Obama and Amy Sherald
Barack Obama and Kehinde Wiley