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Published on Dec 17, 2012
Artist Ronald Sherr, interviewed by the NPG's Warren Perry on December 3, 2012.
Ronald Sherr painted the National Portrait Gallery's recently unveiled portrait of General Colin Powell and is also responsible for the gallery's portrait of President George H. W. Bush, acquired in 1995. Sherr's portrait of Powell is no small work—it measures 92 1/2 by 51 ¾ inches; the artist portrays the general standing in front of Theodore Roosevelt Hall at the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington D. C.
Though Sherr resides in Hong Kong, the painting was completed during several life sittings and with the aid of photographs taken by the artist. General Powell noted of the work, "People will be coming to the National Portrait Gallery and seeing this picture of me, but what they will be seeing is Ron's artistry and his brilliance."
Gen. Colin Powell / Ronald N. Sherr / Oil on canvas, 2012 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; supported by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and by the Marc Pachter Commissioning Fund