Shepard Fairey, ‘Obey Icon’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
Shepard Fairey, ‘Obey Icon’, 2016, Julien's Auctions


Open edition

Shepard Fairey’s Obey Icon shows the iconic imagery of Andre the Giant combined with a bold simple "OBEY" text whose aesthetic is reminiscent of Barbara Kruger's. The combination of these two elements started a decade-long quest to make 'Andre’s Posse' into the Freemasons of the 21st century. The instantly recognizable image has become synonymous with Fairey’s Obey Giant movement. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right

Image rights: Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

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