Shepard Fairey, ‘M16 Vs Ak 47’, 2006, Julien's Auctions
Shepard Fairey, ‘M16 Vs Ak 47’, 2006, Julien's Auctions

M16 Vs AK47 is one of the most inspirational messages of peace completed by Shepard Fairey in the beginning of the 21st century. The two often-compared military grade weapons are held high in the air by unseen subjects. What the viewer does see however is that instead of bullets the guns are sprouting flowers. In 2011, Fairey constructed a mural with this image on a building facade in Copenhagen, Denmark. 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.


Signature: Signed and dated to the lower right and numbered to the lower left.

Manufacturing Dissent, MK gallery, Sept 2005.

MK 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