Shepard Fairey, ‘We Own The Future’, 2013, Perry J. Cohen Foundation: Benefit Auction 2018


Perry J. Cohen was a skateboarder and avid outdoorsman, and Shepard Fairey – a contemporary street artist who emerged from the skateboarding scene and had a very similar childhood – was one of Perry’s favorite artists. As a tribute to Perry, Shepard created and donated a beautiful portrait logo of Perry for the Foundation.

Signature: bottom right

Image rights: OBEY


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