The Obamas' presidential portraits were just unveiled — and they are totally stunning. Barack’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle’s was painted by Amy Sherald.
Obama commended Sherald saying, “I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the women that I love.”
He continued to joke how he tried to negotiate “less gray hair” in his official portrait and that he felt bad that Wiley’s subject was significantly “less fly” than Sherald’s.
Both portraits will appear in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery — Barack’s will join the America’s Presidents exhibition, and Michelle’s will be displayed in another part of the museum.
Together, Wiley and Sherald are the first black artists to be commissioned by the gallery for official portraits.
Wiley is known for his naturalistic paintings of notable African American figures, posed in front of intricate backgrounds. His portrait of Barack features him seated in front of flowers and greenery.
Sherald’s portraits have historically evoked messages of social justice, and also showcase African American subjects. Her portrait of Michelle positions her in front of a light blue background, wearing a stunning flowing patterned gown. Both showcase their famous subjects beautifully.