Though the museum has not released the specific unveiling date, the portraits will be revealed in early 2018. Wiley is world-renowned for his portraits of young black men wearing the latest in hip-hop street fashion.
Wiley and Sherald will be the first black artists to paint the presidential and first-lady portraits, a choice surely intentional by the America's former first family. Pres. Obama, whose portrait will be painted by Kehinde Wiley, an artist of equal acclaim, and the First Lady both shared their input during the selection process.
Wiley's work adds a modern twist to re-imagined Western classic paintings, showing contemporary African-Americans in theatrical poses. His paintings are best described as vibrant and large in scale.
The portraits are commissioned by the National Gallery and the White House at the end of each presidency. His rich, highly saturated color palette and his use of decorative patterns complement his realistic, yet expressive, likenesses.
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New York-based Kehinde Wiley will paint the official portrait of President Barack Obama.
Throughout his career, Kehinde has become renowned for creating portraits of African American men, including the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Michael Jackson, and more.
Sherald is also the first African American and first woman to win the National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
"I'd love, love, love to do his official presidential portrait".