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Obama has chosen an artist to paint his presidential portrait. Here are some examples of his work

UPDATE: Former President Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait was revealed Monday, alongside wife Michelle’s official portrait:

Read more about the portraits here, and view other works by the artists below.

EARLIER: The Smithsonian announced Friday that artist Kehinde Wiley would paint former President Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait. 

As Pitchfork reports, Wiley is “world-renowned for his portraits of young black men wearing the latest in hip-hop street fashion.” Subjects of his portraiture work include Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T and Michael Jackson. 

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Wiley’s portrait of Obama will be revealed at the National Portrait Gallery early next year. 

You can check out some examples of his work below:

Portrait of Natasha Zamor, 2015 Oil on canvas 72 x 60 in

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Studio session #kehindewiley

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The museum also announced that artist Amy Sherald had been chosen to paint former first lady Michelle Obama. Here are some examples of her work:

New works @ Monique Meloche LES March 3-5 2017 #armoryweek 2 Rivington St. NY, NY

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New work @ Monique Meloche LES March 3 -5, 2017 #armoryweek 2 Rivington St. New York, New York

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READ: Ex-presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton hang out at Presidents Cup

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