The Obamas were at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Monday morning to debut the pieces of work, which will then hang in the museum along with the other Presidents and First Ladies.
President Obama chose Kehinde Wiley as his artist, who is now the first African-American artist to be commissioned for a Presidential portrait. He is known for painting African-Americans in regal settings and utilizing lots of bright colors.
Michelle chose Amy Sherald — a Baltimore based artist who is known for themes of social injustice and paints black skin in gray tones.
Barack thanks Sherald for “capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love,” and added that he couldn’t convince his artist to paint “smaller ears.”
Gotta have principles.