Amidst the never-ending turmoil of what is the Trump presidency, we have been graced today with an appearance by the Obamas at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. There they revealed their official portraits as part of a long-standing presidential tradition.
I am entirely impressed by the choice of both artists. President Obama chose Kehinde Wiley, a prominent New York City-based artist, while Michelle Obama chose Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. The choice of both artists is historical. They are the first African-American artists to receive a presidential portrait commission from the National Portrait Gallery.
Having said that, I can now convince my boyfriend to finally take the official Obama portrait (that has made its home in the corner of our kitchen– see below) to his office and, in return, we will buy, frame, and hang prints of these stunning portraits in our home.