Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits unveiled

Last Updated: Feb 13 2018 18:04

WASHINGTON- Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle unveiled portraits of themselves painted by African American artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald at a ceremony held at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC on Monday.

Talking about his portrait and collaborating with Wiley, Mr Obama said, "He listened very thoughtfully to what I had to say before doing exactly what he always intended to do.

“I tried to negotiate less gray hair, but Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow it. I tried to negotiate smaller ears and struck out on that as well.”

Obamas personally chose both the artists for their portraits. Mr Obama also thanked Amy for capturing Michelle’s ‘hotness’.

The portraits will now hang at the National Portrait Gallery which has a complete collection of presidential portraits.  

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