Amy Sherald (born August 30, 1973) is an American painter. She works mostly as a portraitist depicting African Americans in indistinctive settings. Her style is simplified realism, involving staged photographs of her subjects. Since 2012, her decree has used grisaille to Describe skin tones, a different she describes as intended to challenge conventions roughly skin color and race.
In 2016, Sherald became the first girl as without difficulty as the first African American ever to win the National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition like her painting, Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance). The next-door year, she and Kehinde Wiley were chosen 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 become old the presale estimate. On November 17, 2021, Welfare Queen (2012), sold for $3.9M in a Phillips New York auction and brought to fresh the compulsion for more governance a propos resale royalties for artists.