Amy Sherald

Obama Official Portraits


Your DGB for today is to check out the artists of, and symbolism in, the Obamas’ recently unveiled official portraits.

Much like everything they do, the Obamas chose carefully and well when it came time to decide who would be painting their official portraits. They both selected Black artists with a body of work that included rich, colorful and interesting paintings of their chosen subjects. The Obamas’ portraits will stand out for a number of reasons notwithstanding their amazing subject matter.

President Obama’s portrait was created by Black contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. You can find a biography, show schedule and an online gallery of his work, here. Michelle Obama also chose a Black contemporary artist in Amy Sherald. More about her and a gallery of her work, here.

Both paintings are rife with meaning and symbolism, important to both the Obama’s personally and Black Americans. Please honor that by learning more about those messages. You can start here and here.

Continue to recognize Black History Month by celebrating our favorite President and First Lady’s amazing portraits.