Shepard Fairey, ‘Billy Idol’, 2008, Julien's Auctions

Besides propaganda, nationalism, and institutional authority, portraits of Rock ‘n’ Roll's elite are Shepard Fairey's favored subject matter. Icons like Billy Idol, Sid Vicious, and Johnny Rotten represent the anarchy and anti-establishment vein that preoccupies the “OBEY Giant.” Signed by Billy Idol and Fairey, this rare HPM (hand painted medium) print was the first of many that Fairey would do of Idol. The same year the print was published the image was used for Idol's "Idolize Yourself" album. Fairey has exhibited his work throughout North America and Europe, and is included in numerous prominent collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art; and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

A limited edition dual-signed HPM print of rock 'n roll icon, Billy Idol. Numbered 6

Signature: Signed by both Shepard Fairey and Billy Idol

Obey, Supply & Demand

Subliminal Gallery, Acquired from the above by the present owner.

About Shepard Fairey

Expanding on the legacies of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey’s practice disrupts the distinction between fine and commercial art. A major artist of the street art movement, Fairey rose to prominence in the early 1990s through the dispersion of posters, stickers, and murals, related to his Obey Giant campaign, which yielded an international cultural phenomenon. Fairey’s iconic poster of President Barack Obama was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign and encapsulates a number of recurring concerns in the artist’s work, including propaganda, portraiture, and political power.

American, b. 1970, Charleston, SC, United States, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States