Shepard Fairey, ‘Tools of the Trade’, 2007, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2018


It is a take on Warhol’s cans! Fairey, like Warhol, is interested in reproducing cultural popular iconography to reflect on consumerism, fame etc. Here, “Tools of the Trade” refers to the painter’s tool, obviously, as paint, but also this reproducibility of color and imagery in the Warholian way being a tool in art making.

Jason Filipow - Artist, designer, photographer, RC racer, skate punk and friend, Jason Filipow served on the staff of Studio Number One and Obey Giant as Shepard Fairey's right-hand man from 2004 until 2008.
Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art

Signature: Lower right

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