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Amy Sherald

American portrait painter (1973 - )

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Amy Sherald: American portrait painter (1973 - )
Amy Sherald is an American painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is best known for her portrait paintings. Her choices of subjects look to enlarge the genre of American art historical realism by telling African-American stories within their own tradition. She is well known for using grisaille to portray skin tones in her work as a way of "challenging the concept of color-as-race." Her style is simplified realism, involving staged photographs of her subjects. Sherald is the first African-American to paint an official First Lady portrait. Her portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC on February 12, 2018.


Breonna Taylor Graces the Cover of 'Vanity Fair' September Issue [Video]

Breonna Taylor Graces the Cover of 'Vanity Fair' September Issue

The cover portrait of Taylor was painted by artist Amy Sherald, who previously painted Michelle Obama’s portrait for the National Portrait Gallery.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 01:06Published

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