The National Portrait Gallery Unveils Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama “Hope” Original

The boys at Arrested Motion were granted amazing access to the unveiling of Shepard Fairey’s impossibly iconic “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama at The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The result is a pretty stunning set of images, mandatory reading/viewing for sure. There’s really not much to say that hasn’t already been said, this is a HUGE artistic accomplishment. Check out all of the pictures at

16 Responses to “The National Portrait Gallery Unveils Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama “Hope” Original”

  1. Shep looks so comfy in a suit!

  2. Haha! Yea, who fit him for that? Hellen Keller?

  3. Ironic how the smithsonian and the instiution is now praising and promoting fairey. it wasn’t too long ago that every local gov’t in the country hated him and his pasters.

    I don’t mean this in any negative way against shepard. Whether you like him or not, this event was a major accomplishment in his goal and for the future of street art.

  4. congrats to Shep. that suit cracked me up. with his kind of money you’d think he would have a suit that fits him.

  5. I wonder if its the same suit he wears on his court visits for his fly posting.
    Classic !

    Really job Shep.

  6. truth is that it is probably a custom suit

    kind of emo goes professional

  7. It was weird seeing this covered on my morning “Breakfast Television” here in Canada. You know you’ve made it big when..

  8. I think it’s easy to lose sight of what an incredible social phenomenon Fairey’s ‘Hope’ poster has been. He deserves the attention he has gotten for this work.

  9. This is killer news. I would love to be able to see the art in person, it looks amazing.

    If you head over to google, looks they are using Shep’s art for the header logo as well.

  10. Clearly he didnt go to Men’s Warehouse

  11. look at the size of his feet too!

  12. Your gonna like the way you look. I guarantee it.

  13. can anybody say “super lamefest”????? awww look at the cute lil feller!!!

  14. Did Obama show up for it?

  15. You know what they say about guys with big shoes right?

  16. Palehighway…no.

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