Shepard Fairey, ‘Bob Marley Slave Driver’, 2015, Rush Philanthropic Benefit Auction 2015

In his work, Shepard Fairey attempts to blur the lines between the conventions of poster design and the tradition of fine printmaking. Best known for his street art, his portrait of Barack Obama, and his creation of” OBEY Giant,” Fairey creates work in and on various forms, including walls, skateboards, clothing, and posters, consequently democratizing the craft. His work has been exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach; Pace Prints, New York; and StolenSpace Gallery, London.


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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