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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.

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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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