Since Barack and Michelle Obama’s “official” portraits were revealed early this week, the nation has been talking about just how awful they are. But what might be most surprising is that the artist Barack selected to create his portrait is a racist con-man who farms his “art” out to cheap Chinese labor.
The artist who supposedly created the former president’s image is one Kehinde Wiley. He is best known for creating giant paintings of black women holding the decapitated heads of white girls. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley said. He is also a radical gay activist and is known for pushing that issue into every painting by including small depictions of squiggly sperm cells in every painting.
Some are even claiming that Wiley snuck a few gay allusions into his painting of Obama.
But by some accounts, there is a growing suspicion that the artist didn’t even do the painting on his own but instead hired cheap Chinese labor to create the thing.
Some are questioning the leaves in the background, for instance. A close review of the portrait shows that large blocks of the leaves are exactly the same in section after section making critics wonder if the leaves are just digital clones, and not an actual painting.
Indeed, in a recent interview, Wiley even admitted that he has used Chinese studios in the past.
In an interview with New York magazine back in 2012, Wiley said using Chinese studios is common practice for New York artists.
There’s nothing new about artists using assistants—everyone from Michelangelo to Jeff Koons has employed teams of helpers, with varying degrees of irony and pride—but Wiley gets uncomfortable discussing the subject. “I’m sensitive to it,” he says. When I first arrived at his Beijing studio, the assistants had left, and he made me delete the iPhone snapshots I’d taken of the empty space. […] “I don’t want you to know every aspect of where my hand starts and ends” […]
Producing work in China cuts costs, but not as much as it used to, Wiley says. These days in Beijing he employs anywhere from four to ten workers, depending on the urgency, plus a studio manager, the American artist Ain Cocke.
Is it any surprise that Obama’s artist is a fraud who farms his work to the Chinese as he traipses about New York City pushing the radical gay agenda? Probably not.
It is just as bad with the hideous portrait of former First lady Michelle Obama.
The woman hired to create that monstrous piece of “art” is a social justice activist named Michelle Smith. This artist has a long history of using her art to support the gay agenda, Black Lives Matter, abortion and other left-wing issues and even put Obama in a dress that is filled with gay symbolism.
Sadly, we can’t even get normal portraits from these two. Instead we have to get social activism. We can’t just have pantings without having underhanded, secret, left-wing agendas hidden in them.