Former and the first black President of America, Barrack Obama did the right thing, when he chose the first-time-ever black artists to create official Smithsonian portraits of the former First lady and himself.
Kehinde Wiley and Amy sherald are the honored artists chosen by the Obamas’ to paint them, as the portraits of the celebrated couple join their predecessors on the walls of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The artists were chosen after much deliberation as, according to the Man himself, “as a former president, when you choose an artist to describe your likeness, you have the opportunity to shape, quite literally, how someone sees the office of the American presidency. And how they might see themselves in that presidency.”
The 44th President wrote in an e-mail, about the similarity between Kehinde Wiley and himself. According to Obama both of them have an American mother and a missing African American father. They both searched for a purpose in the journey of their lives. This connection is quite visible in the expression of their creativity. Obama wrote,” I wrote a book about that journey because I can’t paint.”
Obama expressed his gratitude to the artists and appreciated their art as an assertion of the fact that world has evolved to be a place where all are equal, irrespective of color. He went on to say that the future generation will walk out of the museum with a better sense of the America we all love.
Inclusive and optimistic.