Here Is The Portrait Painter of Michele Obama’s White House Portrait – Amy Sherald, the artist beneath the official ex-first lady portrait, has come back to the spotlight since she presents her masterpiece that is now exposed in Washington DC.
Amy Sherald is a Baltimore-based artist who only paints African-American subjects, with the goal of making the walls of museums better reflect the diversity of our country. She is recognized for using a muted palette. However, her professional career as a portrait painter has achieved its high point (so far), with the making of the official White House Portrait of the former first, Michelle Obama.
The 44-year-old painter almost missed the chance to paint Obama, since she put away her brushes for three years to care for her family in Georgia. In 2012, things weren’t better. Sherald underwent a heart transplant, needing another year to recuperate.
The presidential masterpiece was unveiled in Washington alongside a portrait of Barack Obama by well-known African-American artist Kehinde Wiley, and it’s now exposed at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington DC.
This official portrait has been the main topic of artistic debates since there is a part of the community that doesn’t consider it realistic, and defend that the artist made the great Michelle Obama look like more like Kerry Washington, an American actor.
Sherald explains that all of her work really on painting her subjects as archetypes. “I paint American people, and I tell American stories through the paintings I create. My approach to portraiture is conceptual. Once my paintings are complete, the models no longer exist as themselves. I see something bigger, more symbolic. I paint things I want to see. I paint as a way of looking for myself in the world.” she explained in the official unveiling ceremony.
In this video Amy Sherald explains her reflections on painting Michelle Obama, take a look:
Look-alike or not, this painting was a revolutionary contemporary topic. And you… Do you think that the Sherald work represents well the beloved first lady?