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Obama is in the frame - and he's delighted!

THE US National Portrait Gallery has unveiled portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Both were painted by African-American artists who were chosen by the Obamas.

The portraits were unveiled at the gallery in Washington, which is part of the Smithsonian group.

The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits. A second and different set of portraits of the former first couple will eventually hang in the White House.

Barack Obama's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley - an artist best known for his vibrant, largescale paintings of African-Americans. For Michelle Obama's portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, firstprize winner of the Portrait Gallery's 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

The portraits will be officially installed and available for public viewing starting today.


Former U.S. President Barack Obama and artist Kehinde Wiley unveil his portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Mark Wilson

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2018
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