A historical moment took place Monday morning as Fmr. President Obama and Michelle Obama had their official portraits unveiled today. Both were in complete awe of the detailed paintings, “how about that? That’s pretty sharp, ” said President Obama after seeing his painting for the first time. Michelle Obama said she was a “little overwhelmed, to say the least,” after her painted was unveiled.
President Obama’s painting was crafted by Yale graduate, Kehinde Wiley. The Fmr. President and Wiley were a joking pair, apparently as detailed by Obama. “I tried to negotiate a little less grey hair but Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow [him] to do what I asked,” he jokingly told the crowd, Monday.
The beautiful painting of Michelle Obama was crafted by Baltimore’s decorated and esteemed, Amy Sherald. She has made her mark in the arena of artistry with several powerful pieces of social injustices and has been known to capture every emotion of the portraits she paints. Her work on Michelle Obama was breathtaking as expected, “They will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the walls of this great American institution … And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives because I was one of those girls,” Michelle Obama said.
See the unveiling below! It was so warming to see these two on stage again.