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Oklahoma City museum acquires painting by Obama portraitist

Oklahoma City museum acquires painting by Obama portraitist

February 11th, 2019 in National News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has acquired a painting by the artist who created President Barack Obama’s official portrait.

Kehinde Wiley’s painting titled “Jacob de Graeff” features a contemporary person in a style modeled on 17th century Dutch artist Gerard ter Borch’s portrait of Jacob de Graeff, a Dutch regent.

Museum president and CEO E. Michael Whittington said the museum wanted to acquire a Wiley painting after sponsoring an exhibition of his works in 2017. Wiley relied on his colorful, whimsical style to make his portrait of Obama a celebrated departure from previous presidential portraits.

The museum also has acquired a still-life painting by 17th century Flemish master Jan van Kessel the Elder. It is representative of his meticulous style and preference for copper surface.