When Barack Obama was reelected as the President of the United States of America last night, many people were pleasantly surprised. Not Ron Keas, however. The self-proclaimed "psychic artist," seemed to know what was coming, having already created a "Victory 2012" painting earlier this year. Keas took right to Twitter, revealing his clairvoyant portrait to public figures like Rachel Maddow, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Dalai Lama.
With over 30 Obama oil paintings to his name, Keas is perhaps the most prolific Obama artist of all time. We don't know about you, but we found it difficult to see the artist's devoted and often bizarre tributes to the POTUS and not fall in love. Some of his works combine presidential duties with unexpected personal details, such as "Fountain of Hope," in which Barack strikes a pose in front of the White House, donning an all-white suit. Others get a bit more surreal, such as "A Fresh Face," in which Obama's familiar features manifest in the clouded sky. Thanks to Keas, we can finally get a glimpse of the multiple facets to the man. We see Barack the basketball player, Barack the art connoisseur and even Barack the baby. Walking on the beach during sunset, picnicking with the fam, hanging out with Oprah... there is nothing this Commander in Chief can't do.
In an e-mail to The Huffington Post Keas wrote: "Even though I've worked with Shepard Fairey, and I am the most prolific Obama artist, I haven't received the attention I thought I might over the last four years." We agree, which is why we thought it was time to remedy this egregious oversight. Check out some of Keas' masterful portraits below and head to his website for more political portraits.