Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster in the National Portrait Gallery

Shepard Fairey: ‘I’m Voting For Barack Obama’

Famed graphic artist Shepard Fairey has publicly announced his support for President Barack Obama.

Fairey is a street artist who originally gained cult status among graphic and graffiti artists for his work with wheat pasting and sticker tagging.

Wheat pasting is the practice of taking posters (in Fairey’s case the posters were of his original works) and affixing them to walls and signs using a wallpaper paste composed of water and wheat mixture.

Fairey gained national exposure and was launched into the professional art world with his 2008 “Progress” poster which featured the image of presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Fairey’s work was then officially used by the Obama presidential campaign. The campaign requested Fairey change “Progress” to “Hope” and the artist obliged.

After Obama won the election the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery acquired Fairey’s “Hope” version of the portrait and put it on display shortly before Obama’s inauguration.

Shepard Fairey's "Hope"