Shepard Fairey, ‘War by Numbers (Finding a Cure Edition)’, 2011, Children's Museum of the Arts Auction 2014

Estimated retail value: $400

Known for his political illustrations and the iconic Hope poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Shepard Fairey has since used his art to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Fairey, who has Type 1 Diabetes, created this nostalgic illustration of a young girl for the cause.


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Image rights: Courtesy of Obey Giant Art

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