On Wednesday, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden unveiled official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at a White House event. The portraits were purchased and commissioned
by the White House Historical Association, and their unveiling was attended by the Obamas and the Bidens in the East Room. Robert McCurdy painted a likeness of President Obama,
while Sharon Sprung depicted First Lady Obama. Each artist painted from images they had taken themselves. At the unveiling ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden said, "Jill and I have been waiting
to host events at the White House for a long time coming out of the pandemic, and it's right that we can do it now by unveiling the portraits of two wonderful friends, two great Americans."
The former president, depicted here in a black suit and grey tie, stands at the canvas's centre in this image of Barack Obama. McCurdy painted portraits of famous people
like Toni Morrison and Muhammad Ali, in his signature style, which was photorealistic and set against a white background. The former first lady is seen in a blue evening gown and sitting on a sofa
in the White House's Red Room in the official portrait of Michelle Obama. The portrait's jewel-like colour palette is reminiscent of Sprung's other works. At Wednesday's ceremony,
Biden began his address by praising the Obamas and their accomplishments. He called Barack Obama "one of the most consequential presidents in our history" and Michelle Obama "one of the most
In his remarks following the unveiling of the pictures, Obama gave Biden his due acclaim, calling him "a man who became a true partner and a close friend. "Obama congratulated him, saying,
"Joe, it is now America's good fortune to have you as president." You led us safely through a hard patch. You've taken what we accomplished together and made it much better.