Michelle Obama’s portrait was criticised because the face didn’t look much like her, the portrait of ex-president also wasn’t too impressed. Whatever it be, both paintings were officially unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in New York.
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, artists who are both critical darlings and the first African-Americans to paint Presidential portraits. Michelle’s face looked like Kerry Washington, that fact made everyone to remember the Scandal TV show, which tells a lot about the life of the White House. Moreover, Michelle face on the portrait was overshadowed by the striking, floor-length dress.
The National Portrait Gallery in New York has a complete collection of presidential portraits. Speaking at the painting’s unveiling ceremony the ex-president said normally hates posing, saying he gets impatient and starts “looking at his watch”. But Mr Obama told the crowd that working with artist Kehinde Wiley was “a great joy.”
Actually, Barack Obama personally chose Wiley, joked that the artist listened carefully to his suggestions and then ignored most of them. Obama said he asked for less grey hair and was and also tried to “negotiate smaller ears and struck out on that as well.”