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Kehinde Wiley to paint Barack Obama's presidential portrait

18 October 2017, 12:40 | Conrad Doyle

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Both portraits are set to be unveiled in early 2018 and hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Former first lady Michelle Obama selected Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, known for challenging stereotypes through life-sized paintings of African-Americans, for her accompanying portrait.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Phoenix Art Museum October 7, 2016 - January 8, 2017 The Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to present Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, showcasing the powerful and poignant work of one of America's leading contemporary artists. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald will be the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. We definitely can not wait to see the paintings of the Obamas; they're sure to make us miss them even more. Sherald is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, and her work is now featured in a show at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Previous subjects of his paintings have included the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Michael Jackson, and others. Wiley, who is 40 years old and based in NY, is known for painting contemporary male subjects in a style reminiscent of Old Masters portraiture, remixed.

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery made the announcement on Monday.

"I've done several studies in the past, I've sort of worked out different strategies about how that would be, but it's a very curious possibility", he told the BBC at the time.

The Portrait Gallery is now raising funds for the portraits, which will be unveiled in early 2018.

She uses a gray-scale in her life-sized oil paintings of African American people.

In fact, Michelle Obama's portrait choice is no slouch either.

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