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Interpolation Diptych (Silksreen) - Shepard FAIREY

FAIREY Shepard

Interpolation Diptych, 2014

Silksreen LCD4371


Writing On The Wall Red (Silksreen) - Shepard FAIREY

FAIREY Shepard

Writing On The Wall Red, 2010

Silksreen LCD4372


Writing On The Wall Cream (Silksreen) - Shepard FAIREY

FAIREY Shepard

Writing On The Wall Cream, 2010

Silksreen LCD4373


Interpolation Diptych (Silksreen) - Shepard FAIREY

FAIREY Shepard

Interpolation Diptych, 2014

Silksreen LCD4370


Shepard FAIREY


Shepard Fairey, born Frank Shepard Fairey on February 15, 1970, in Charleston, South Carolina, is an American street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator. He is most famous for his "Obey Giant" image of André the Giant, and his iconic "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama, which played a notable role in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Fairey began his journey in the art world at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he earned his BFA in illustration in 1992. It was here that he began to develop his distinctive style, blending influences from punk, skateboarding, and graffiti. His early works, particularly the "Obey Giant" campaign, were based on stickers and posters that he virally disseminated across American cities, a concept that has become a cornerstone of his artistic approach.

Fairey's art is often laden with political and social messages. He uses art to promote change, addressing issues such as the environment, democracy, freedom of speech, and human rights. His style is characterized by bold use of color, strong graphic imagery, and a blend of typography and imagery.

Beyond his iconic posters, Fairey has worked on a wide array of projects, including album covers, books, and advertising campaigns. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, cementing his place as one of the most influential street artists of his generation.

Fairey has also been involved in several legal controversies related to the use of intellectual property, raising important questions about copyright and fair use in art. Despite these challenges, he has continued to use his art as a means of raising awareness and social critique.

His influence extends beyond the street art world. Fairey has also played a significant role in popular culture, influencing fashion, music, and graphic design. His brand, Obey Clothing, founded in 2001, is an example of how he has successfully translated his aesthetic and messages into the fashion realm.

Fairey continues to work as an artist and activist, using his art to support causes he believes in and to encourage reflection and dialogue on important issues. His work remains a powerful example of how art can be used as a tool for social change and public awareness.

Shepard Fairey remains an iconic figure in contemporary art, recognized not only for his artistic talent but also for his commitment to social and political causes. His legacy continues to inspire artists and activists worldwide.

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