Shepard Fairey, ‘San Diego Billboard (from Urban Renewal)’, 2000, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016
Shepard Fairey, ‘San Diego Billboard (from Urban Renewal)’, 2000, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016
Shepard Fairey, ‘San Diego Billboard (from Urban Renewal)’, 2000, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016
Shepard Fairey, ‘San Diego Billboard (from Urban Renewal)’, 2000, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016

Shepard Fairey rocketed to worldwide recognition after producing the now-iconic portrait Hope used by Barack Obama for his 2008 presidential campaign. Yet, he began as a street artist, tagging the primeval visage of André the Giant across the urban sprawl. San Diego Billboard (From Urban Renewal) (screenprint, 2000) is a grainy, noisy cityscape—André’s eyes command attention from the commuter rail, and indeed, all who pass. Shepard Fairey’s works have been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Signed lower right, "Shepard Fairey '00".

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