Amy Sherald, the artist behind Michelle Obama’s now iconic official portrait, just got a major career boast on the global stage. She will now be represented by top gallery Hauser & Wirth.
Sherald’s star began to rise in 2012 at the age of 38, until then she had been working as a waitress. In 2016 she featured in her first solo show; the following year it was announced that she would be painting Michelle Obama’s official portrait.
“Amy’s distinctive approach to both painterly traditions and urgent issues of contemporary identity make her one of the most powerful new voices in American art today,” Marc Payot, a VP and partner at Hauser & Wirth, said in a statement.
Sherald boasts a growing waitlist of buyers, due to a limited output of about 10-12 paintings per year. Her works have also seens a significant price increase, from about $8,500 in 2015, to her most recent sales of about $50,000.