Creator of iconic Obama ”Hope” poster arrested in Boston

February 8th, 2009 - 2:08 pm ICT by ANI  

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Boston (US), Feb.8 (ANI): Police in Boston have arrested an artist who created the iconic pop-art portrait which became the unofficial logo for Barack Obama’’s insurgent White House bid.
US media reported that artist Shepard Fairey was arrested in Boston late Friday on warrants for defacing property with graffiti.
According to a report in the Boston Herald, Fairey created a popular red, white and blue poster, emblazoned with the legend “hope” “progress” or “change,” showing the then-presidential candidate gazing off into the distance.
Thirty-eight-year-old Fairey was taken into custody while he was heading for the Boston’’s Institute of Contemporary Art where he was to be honored with a solo exhibition of his work, called “Supply and Demand.”
The street artist and political activist first became well known for his “Obey Giant” campaign of stickers, stencils, and posters of the early 1990s.
The Boston Herald reported that two warrants were issued against Fairey last month after police said he tagged property in two locations with graffiti. He is to be arraigned Monday on the misdemeanor charges, the newspaper said. (ANI)

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