Obama Chooses Artist For Coolest Official Presidential Portrait Ever

Barack Obama has chosen artist Kehinde Wiley to paint his presidential portrait for the Smithsonian, and it will probably end up being the coolest portrait of a president there (okay, Kennedy’s is pretty cool, too). Wiley, who is the first black artist to paint a presidential portrait for the Smithsonian, paints black men and women in the style of classical paintings, often in front of a millefleur tableau. 

And because the paintings are based on works from Renaissance and Baroque eras, many of Wiley’s subjects are seen on horseback. Which might be a cool as hell choice for Wiley to make with Obama’s portrait, even if it would result in some Republican eye-rolls.

Though Wiley often paints ordinary men and women, he isn’t a stranger to making portraits of famous people. Previously he’s painted the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Michael Jackson.

Michelle Obama also picked a black painter, Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, with her own striking contemporary style. Both paintings will be unveiled next year, according to Jezebel.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, in a statement to The Los Angeles Times. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

Definitely worth a trip to the museum, right?

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This Artist Is Turning Stretch Marks Into Beautiful Rainbow Designs

Cinta Tort Cartró is an artist who is building up a name for herself on Instagram as Zinteta. Bored Pandareports that part of what’s made her so popular is the divisiveness of her work. People keep arguing about whether or not what Zinteta does is gross or beautiful, and opinions on that probably mostly have to do with how body positive you are. One project she’s been working on is painting in the lines of women’s stretch marks:

“Stretch marks are part of our essence, our moments, our lives, our stories and us,” Cartró writes on Instagram, acording to Bored Panda. “To accept all this is to accept your roots, your history, everything in it and, after all, accept yourself.”

Beautiful sentiment. And it also looks cool:

But another thing Zinteta does is paint underwear and tampons with rainbows to represent period blood:

That’s not something everyone wants to see a museum exhibit on. Considering how squeamish folks can be about a totally normal bodily function, you’d think seeing rainbows coming out of a woman instead of blood would be an improvement, but not everyone is read for glitter-filled maxi pads:

But Zinteta doesn’t care. She’s riding her rainbow.

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This Artist Took Body Painting To A Whole New Level With A Hogwarts Mural

Instagram has introduced us to all kinds of art — opal nails, hidden rainbow hair, Ouija board makeup, crystal lips, etc. Wherever there’s makeup and an iPhone, there’s innovation. 

However, none of this art has really tapped into our ‘Harry Potter’ obsession thoroughly enough (although Harry Potter nails were a valiant effort). 

One woman and rising YouTube star recently caught our attention though with possibly the highest form of art. 

Georgina Ryland, a makeup artist and body painter from Brisbane, Australia, is wowing the Internet with this stunning Hogwarts body mural. 

The look, which took roughly five hours to complete, required body paint, foundation, eye shadow, tattoo liner, and liquid lipstick.

To see more time lapses of Ryland’s incredible work, you can check out her YouTube channel.  

She also documents her work on Instagram. As it turns out, her talents extend well beyond ‘Harry Potter’ themes, although her Hogwarts look is certainly becoming Instafamous. 

⚡️ hogwarts ⚡️ . About time I gave Hogwarts a shot! This paint took five hours total but I could probably have happily painted it for ten – challenging but fun. I used a painterly sort of style and a speed paint will be up on YouTube by tomorrow ☺️ . Featuring: ⚡️ @mehronmakeup Paradise Paints in Black, White, Teal, Yellow and Orange ⚡️ @inglot_australia 110R, 63, 351, 300 Freedom Eyeshadows, HD Foundation, Sparkling Dust 7 ⚡️ @sugarpill Tako, Bulletproof, Mochi, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake ⚡️ @katvondbeauty Lock It Powder Foundation L45, Shade and Light Palette, Trooper Tattoo Liner, Lolita Liquid Lipstick, Monarch Palette Hair is @gooddyeyoung and earrings from a pop up store ✨ #georginaryland #harrypotter #hogwarts

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Ryland boasts nearly 13,000 followers now, thanks to some viral fame.

✨? shine bright like a diamond ? ✨ After seeing @jeffreestar’s, @nikkietutorials’ and @mariya.ae’s full face of highlighter looks, I had to give it a go. Also painted a diamond cause I gotta match! Video of this guy will be up as soon as I wake up pretty much. I used @inglot_australia Sparkling Dust 2, 3 and 5, HD Foundation (mixed with @lorealmakeup Pure Light Primer for a soft base), 66 Body Sparkles, 77 Gel Liner @katvondbeauty Monarch Palette, Dreamer Palette, Trooper Tattoo Liner @houseoflashes Noir Fairy @jeffreestarcosmetics Celebrity Skin on lips, Drug Lord, Breakfast at Tiffany’s on chest @maccosmetics Strobe Cream, Rose Gold Pigment @mehronmakeup Paradise Paints @sugarpill Tako, Diamond Eyes, Bulletproof, Velocity @illamasqua Spirit Palette #georginaryland ✨

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Ryland has developed quite the resumé, from editorial work to makeup competitions.

…If only we had the patience, time, or talent to pull off some of these looks!

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An Artist Turned Obama And Biden Into Classic Dynamic Duos And We're In Love

Ever since the explosion of Joe Biden and Barack Obama memes, people can’t help but get inspired by the bromance these two men apparently share.

Not only has the surge in this meme’s popularity inspired a bevy of jokes, but it looks like it’s inspired some legitimate artwork as well.

Like Stylight’s “BROTUS” series of drawings that re-imagines Obama and Biden as classic dynamic duos.

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Like Mario and Luigi.

Perhaps one of the most iconic duos of all time, Mario and Luigi are the iconic characters of Super Mario bros which is now the best-selling video game franchise ever. Every year countless people dress up as this colourful duo for Halloween and dress up parties alike. In 2013 Super Mario released a game entitled ‘Mario & Luigi: Dream Team’ so it only seemed fitting that we replace them with our fave dream team Joe and Barack.

Woody and Buzz.

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Sheriff Woody and space ranger Buzz Lightyear start off on a bad foot when Woody loses his crown as Andy’s favourite toy to make room for the newer, shinier Buzz. However, throughout the Toy Story movies Buzz and Woody form a bond and eventually a strong alliance. The song ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ is now synonymous with Toy Story and would make a pretty good soundtrack to all those Barack and Joe memes if you ask us!

Men in Black.

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Elite secret agents K and J, played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith respectively, are members of the MiB, an extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Responsible for managing alien ‘immigration’ and saving the world from intergalactic terrorism, the pair are dubbed the ‘Men in Black’ because of their non descript monochrome uniforms – not unlike Obama and Biden’s usual simple suited looks!

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

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Ex-chemistry school teacher turned crystal methamphetamine manufacturer Walter White (or Heisenberg as he’s more commonly known) and dealer Jesse Pinkman strike up an unusual friendship and alliance when they start their drugs business Cap’n Cook. It’s no secret that the pair’s business takes off in a big way and they develop a strong, loyal bond. Bet you never thought you’d see Barack in a hazmat suit! A badass bromance if ever there was one!

And of course, Batman and Robin.

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Ah the classic ‘Dynamic Duo’ Batman and Robin are a quintessential pair fighting crime and defeating evil together. So many similarities to Obama and Biden already we hear you cry! Yep and that’s not all… much like Biden, Robin is Batman’s light hearted sidekick and is often referred to as his ‘comic relief’.

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