Source: ReutersCreator of iconic Obama portrait arrested
Sat Feb 7, 2009 5:02pm EST
BOSTON (Reuters) - An artist who created an iconic red, white and blue portrait of President Barack Obama that appeared on thousands of posters and T-shirts was arrested in Boston on graffiti charges, police said on Saturday. Shepard Fairey, a Los Angeles artist whose "Hope" image of Obama hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, was arrested on Friday night while traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art to kickoff his first solo exhibition.
Fairey made headlines this week when The Associated Press claimed his Obama portrait infringed on its copyright to a photograph used for the artwork and that it should be compensated for its use. Fairey has acknowledged that his image was based on an April 2006 Associated Press photograph of Obama.
Police accuse Fairey of damaging property with graffiti in several locations and issued warrants for his arrest on January 24, Boston police spokesman James Kenneally said. An arraignment is scheduled on Monday. If convicted on all charges, he faces up to three years in jail.
What a lunkhead