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Obama 'Hope' Illustration Enters The National Portrait Gallery (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 02/17/09 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:00 PM ET

Obama Portrait

WASHINGTON — You might remember that red, white and blue illustration of Barack Obama, staring off into space with the word "Hope" underneath his face.

That illustration got a lot of attention during the presidential campaign. Now people visiting Washington can see the original, up close and in person, at the National Portrait Gallery.

The work by artist Shepard Fairey can be seen in the gallery's new arrivals section. The Los Angeles artist presented the illustration to the gallery on Saturday, three days before Obama's inauguration.

Fairey says he made the image in mid-January last year, and then the posters were distributed at campaign events and made available to download online.



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THE ARTIST, SHEPARD FAIREY


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Filed by Nicholas Sabloff  |