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The artist who painted former President Barack Obama's official portrait has come under fore for past works featuring scandalous subjects.
There are at least two instances where Kehinde Wiley, 41, has painted portraits of black women holding a knife in one hand and the decapitated head of a white woman in the other.
Both portraits also juxtapose the austere images of the women by featuring a busy floral background, similar to Obama's portrait.
But Wiley says the paintings are based on Renaissance works by Caravaggio and Gentileschi depicting the Biblical story of Judith beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes.In an interview with New York Magazine, he said: 'It's sort of a play on the "kill whitey" thing,'