Shepard Fairey, ‘Hope (Obama)’, 2008, Julien's Auctions

During the 2008 election season, Shepard Fairey first released his series of Barack Obama posters, containing the image which would soon become the most iconic of the election as well as Obama’s eventual presidency. The posters used a variation of inspiring words below a stylized image of the presidential candidate. This variation being offered, with the word “HOPE” below, became the most widely distributed and recognizable from the series.

Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right "Shepard Fairey 08"

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