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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, both painted by African-American artists who were personally chosen by the Obamas.

The portraits were unveiled to the public Monday at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits. A second and different set of portraits of the former first couple will eventually hang in the White House.

Former first lady Michelle Obama and Artist Amy Sherald.

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, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

The portraits will be officially installed and available for public viewing starting on Feb. 13.



(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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38 thoughts on “National Portrait Gallery Unveils Obama Portraits

  1. I am not fond of them either. Michelle’s looks like she was 20 years old. Obama’s looks like he is in a weed patch. I hope they have them redone to look more traditional. I don’t think this is going to get either artist any work. They could not paint anything for me.

  2. I don’t like either portrait–at all. Michelle’s portrait doesn’t look like her at all. And, Barack sitting in a bunch of bushes looks ridiculous!! They should have someone else paint their portraits. I’m sure there are Black painters who can do a much better job than the crap produced by these two artists.

  3. leadjustone on said:

    I heard a radio interview with the artist for President Obama’s portrait. He said he wanted to do something different, to represent the uniqueness of this presidency. I guess he succeeded, but I don’t like all of that greenery in the background. I would have preferred something more traditional for both portraits.

  4. Honestly on said:

    Cave n!@@ers aping out about President and First Lady Obama portraits. Naw!! They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  5. October on said:

    They could have done a better portrait. Michelle’s doesn’t look like her and Barack didn’t need to flowers in the background.

  6. ON TOILET: I am not anti-Obama; I voted for the Brother—the posture of the Brother instantly gave me the impression he was using a toilet. Please, choose another painting or portrait of the Brother!!!

  7. specialt757 on said:

    My first instincts were ewwww no. After further review I have decided, HELL NO! These artists did a terrible job. The portrait of Michelle doesn’t do her justice in ANY way, what are those colors about? The portrait of Barack is ok except for that background. Why in the hell is our president sitting in the bushes, he would never sit in a chair in the bushes, that’s preposterous! I’m so disappointed because these portraits will hang in a museum and in the WH, our only black president. I might think different if I saw them up close in person, right now tho, I don’t think so.

    • At least Obama has his own head full of hair. Why don’t you post the vedios of your fake prez with his bald spot being exposed as he enter the plane. Now that will give us all a BIG LAUGH 😆. Hell show all the pics of the of his fake hair flying all over the place. Show the pics of his white hair and white eyebrows. That’s the real Donald.

  8. And we wonder why a Chinese artist was chosen to do MLK’s statue? This looks nothing like Michelle and Barack sitting in a field of weeds, WTF? D says, “I like them They did a good job” This is how low the bar has fallen for blacks. They are terrible. Own it

      • The background of Prez Obama could have been better selected, but i like the photo. It shows him to be a very thoughtful person. He’s not someone who just throws shit out there and see what sticks.


    President Obama definitely did a much better job than the TURD who is in the WH now!!!!!!!!!

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