Shepard Fairey, ‘Holiday Mandala’, 2013, Children's Museum of the Arts Auction 2014

Estimated retail value: $400

Illustrator, graphic designer, and former street artist Shepard Fairey became internationally known for his iconic poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign. His “Mandela” prints render the South African human rights leader with sacred geometrical designs and holiday colors.


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Image rights: Courtesy of Obey Giant Art

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