9 x 12"
oil on panel
Now that my computer is back and running, my internet has waged a battle with me for days. Meanwhile I paint.
This is the first piece I did for my upcoming show The Ladies - Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama. My admiration for Ms. Obama goes a long way and for her to have chosen Amy Sherald, the first female African-American artist ever to paint an official First Lady portrait, was so right. Side note - President Barack Obama chose one of my very favorite artists, Kehinde Wiley, to paint his portrait, also the first male African-American artist to do so. Both paintings reside in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
A little bit about Amy Sherald - she's 45 years old, born in Georgia and now lives in Baltimore. Her paintings mainly depict race and identity in the South, something she developed while studying at Clark and Spelman in Atlanta. I saw a brand-new exhibit of her paintings while I was visiting Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and her portraits are bold and just fantastic.
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