Obama artist paints black women holding severed white heads
Ex-president celebrates artist who 'challenges our ideas of power and privilege'
While America is captivated by the newly released portraits of former President Obama and first lady Michelle, there’s something curious about Obama’s artist that’s raising eyebrows: He apparently enjoys painting portraits of black women holding the severed heads of white people.
Kehinde Wiley, a New York artist who paints primarily African-American subjects in heroic poses, was chosen by former President Obama to create a portrait of the 44th president to be displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Wiley’s portrait of Obama was unveiled Monday.
Some observed that the big, bulging vein on Obama’s forehead oddly looks like a sperm cell.