Shepard Fairey, ‘Joan Jett’, 2008, Julien's Auctions
Shepard Fairey, ‘Joan Jett’, 2008, Julien's Auctions
Shepard Fairey, ‘Joan Jett’, 2008, Julien's Auctions
Shepard Fairey, ‘Joan Jett’, 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 Debbie Harry, Billy Idol and Joan Jett represent the anarchy and anti-establishment vein that preoccupies the “Obey Giant.” This rare piece is not only signed by Fairey, but also the photographer who took the original image of Ms. Jett, Ernesto Yerena. Fairey has exhibited his work throughout North America and Europe, and has work 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.

Framed: 37 1/2 x 49 by 1 1/4 inches.

Signature: Signed by photographer Ernesto Yerena to the lower center, and signed and dated by Fairey to the lower right.

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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, South Carolina, based in Los Angeles, California