People Are Living For The Official Portraits Of Barack And Michelle Obama Painted By These Incredible Black Artists

Former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand before their portraits and respective artists, Kehinde Wiley (L) and Amy Sherald (R), after an unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

People Are Living For The Official Portraits Of Barack And Michelle Obama Painted By These Incredible Black Artists

Barack, like everyone else, could not stop staring at the beautiful image of his wife.

Published February 12, 2018

On Monday, Barack and Michelle Obama came together for the unveiling of their official portraits, which will be on display at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The portraits were created by two Black artists and people feel like this is the perfect way to celebrate Black History Month. 

Barack Obama selected artist Kehinde Wiley to complete his portrait. Wiley is a Yale University-trained painter and is widely known for depicting contemporary African-Americans in regal positions with backdrops that reference an older century. 

Michelle Obama chose Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, who usually paints her portraits in gray tone as a way to take away the assigned "color" of the subjects portrayed. Sherald's work is not necessarily known for realism, but is celebrated for the shapes and mood captured.

  1. Barack Obama and Kehinde Wiley revealed the imaginative portrait of the 44th president surrounded by a floral backdrop
    (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  2. Michelle and Amy revealed the portrait of the former first lady
    (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  3. The obamas then happily posed in front of their artistic renderings
    (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  4. The portrait unveiling was widely celebrated by people unable to see the historic occasion in person
  5. It'll only be a matter of time before commemorative replicas of these portraits are hanging in every Black home in America
  6. At the event, Barack Obama thanked Amy Sherald for capturing his wife's "hotness"
  7. 44 then took a moment to admire Michelle's portrait

    Get yourself a spouse that looks at you the way Barack looks at Michelle's portrait. 

  8. Although some critics expressed disappointment in Michelle's final portrait
  9. They were quickly schooled on the style of Amy Sherald's unique work
  10. After the unveiling, Michelle delivered an address and said she's happy that young Black girls can now "see an image of someone who looks like them"

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


Latest in news