Amy Sherald (born August 30, 1973) is an American painter. She works mostly as a portraitist depicting African Americans in dull settings. Her style is simplified realism, involving staged photographs of her subjects. Since 2012, her enactment has used grisaille to characterize skin tones, a substitute she describes as expected to challenge conventions not quite skin color and race.
In 2016, Sherald became the first woman as with ease as the first African American ever to win the National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition similar to her painting, Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance). The next-door year, she and Kehinde Wiley were selected by former President Barack Obama (Wiley) and Former First Lady Michelle Obama (Sherald) to paint their credited portraits, becoming the first African Americans ever to get presidential portrait commissions from the National Portrait Gallery. The portraits were unveiled together in 2018 and have significantly increased attendance at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
In December 2020, her piece The Bathers (2015) was sold at auction for $4,265,000, nearly 30 epoch the presale estimate. On November 17, 2021, Welfare Queen (2012), sold for $3.9M in a Phillips New York auction and brought to buoyant the compulsion for more governance in the region of resale royalties for artists.