Artist Spotlight: Amy Sherald

When Michelle Obama’s portrait was unveiled a few weeks ago, I was spellbound. Her confident gaze, her stunning Milly dress, the thoroughly modern color palette! Who is Amy Sherald the artist behind the spectacular painting? Born in Columbus, Georgia, Amy is an 44-year-old African-American artist whose work explores race and identity. She’s now based in Baltimore, Maryland and while already an accomplished artist, the National Portrait Gallery commission has catapulted her into fame. Her recent paintings have all sold out and a retrospective of her work is being planned for 2020. While she paints both men and women, I am especially mesmerized by her portraits of females. If you were President or First Lady who would you want to paint your portrait? Below, explore more of Amy’s powerful work.

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