Street artist Shepard Fairey, 39, was sentenced to two years probation and fined $2,000 on Friday, after pleading guilty in Boston Municipal Court to two counts of destruction of property and one count of defacing property. Eleven other charges were dismissed. The California resident must also notify Suffolk County officials when he visits the Boston area.
Mr. Fairey’s red, white and blue “Hope” portrait of President Barack Obama hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. After the hearing, the graffiti artist said, “Fortunately, I’m at a place in my career where I can get sanctioned spaces, so it’s not an issue that I’ll ever have to worry about again.”
Obama artist admits to 3 Boston vandalism charges [AP; July 12, 2009]