Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley — an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans. The portait depicts Obama seated in a wooden chait, arms folded on his lap, leaning forward, against a vibrant green background of leaves and flowers.READ MORE: Shock, Anguish After 5 Young People Die In Head-On Crash In Quogue; 'Just Unbelievable'
For Michelle Obama’s portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Sherald depicted the former first lady seated, in a white gown with geometric patterns on it against a blue background.READ MORE: Car Thieves Targeting Country Clubs In Union And Middlesex Counties, Making Off With Unlocked Vehicles
The paintings were unveiled at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits.MORE NEWS: Cownose Rays Alarm Swimmers On Jersey Shore
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