|Barack Obama, Portrait of a President, Lee Mitchelson|
|Berkeley, No. 52, 1955, Richard Diebenkorn|
|Black Like Me No. 2, 1992, |
|Hope, Shepard Fairey.|
Of course the most famous Obama portrait is the iconic Hope Portrait (right) by Shepard Fairey, painted during the 2008 campaign. (Probably not suitable for the White House.) From all this, we might assume that President Obama's official White House portrait might well be somewhat less traditional than those of his predecessors. One portrait which struck me as in keeping with the Obama taste in art while maintaining the stylistic tradition of previous presidential portraits, is the work of Lee Mitchelson (top). It's far more informal than any previous official portrait and even more notable for the fact that it features a horizontal format unlike any other White House presidential portrait. Of course, this particular painting is unlikely to ever grace the walls of the White House but it would be a fine example of what the artist could do and how he might do it.
|Barack Obama, Tim O'Brien|
|President Obama, Sarah Boardman|
|Obama, 2012, Jagjot Singh Rubal|
|Obama, Eric Marette|
|Granted, the powers of the presidency |
have grown over the past decades,
but this might be a bit "over the top."
|The image is familiar but it's doubtful |
the White House portrait collection is
ready for black velvet.
|First Lady Michelle Obama, Urbano Galindo,|
a strikingly modern artist for Mrs. Obama to
consider, for her own official portrait. She
might get some criticism though, in that