The Obama's Official Portraits Unveiled at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Posted In: News Date:Feb 12th, 2018

Barack and Michelle Obama had their official portraits unveiled on Monday at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, according to CNN.

The paintings are a rite of passage for most former presidents, all of whom have their own portraits hanging in the Washington D.C. museum.

Many were excited for the unveilings since the Obamas selected new artists.

Barack Obama selected Kehinde Wiley, a Yale University-trained painter that is known for his bold style and depictions of African-Americans posed in the traditional Old Masters that utilized intense pops of color.

Obama joked that he was notoriously bad at sitting for portraits, both photographic and in paint, and that he "tried to negotiate less gray hair but Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow (him) to do what I asked. I tried to negotiate smaller ears, struck out on that as well."

After unveiling the portrait, Obama mused, "How about that? That's pretty sharp."

The painting shows Obama sitting in front of a backdrop of green ivy and flowers, his hands gently folded in his lap with his gaze fixed forward.