National Portrait Gallery Unveiled Oprah Winfrey Portrait, Media Mogul Marvels at Being ‘Alongside All the Greats’

Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2023: Artist Shawn Michael Warren and Oprah Winfrey pose with his portrait of her during the official unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. | Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery   WHEN OPRAH WINFREY is involved, amazing things tend to happen. Everybody gets a car, books top bestsellers lists, and a mural artist lands an opportunity to have his work enter the Smithsonian Institution. A new portrait of Winfrey painted by Chicago artist Shawn Michael Warren is on now display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The famed, 69-year-old media mogul is pictured wearing a royal purple taffeta gown in her prayer garden, a lush green space at her Montecito, Calif., estate. The full-length portrait stands nearly seven-feet tall in its frame. The National Portrait Gallery commissioned the oil on canvas painting, which is now a part of its permanent collection. With Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet, Stedman Graham, Gayle King, Ava DuVernay, and an invitation-only audience of nearly 350 looking on, the grand portrait was unveiled at the Washington, D.C., museum on Dec. 13. At the ceremony, Winfrey and Warren stood on […]

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