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Shepard Fairey

Obey '95 (Gallery Edition), 2005

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Lot 8
Screenprint in colors on gold wallpaper
42.0 x 30.0 in (106.7 x 76.2 cm)
Edition of 10
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto; with blindstamp


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At first an inconsequential image used in a stencil-making demonstration for a peer, Shepard Fairey’s Andre the Giant motif had become a symbolic, enduring element throughout the artist’s oeuvre. The present piece brings up themes of anti-authoritarian sentiments and a questioning of multi-national consumerist society, classically addressed in much of Fairey's work.

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About Shepard Fairey

Shephard Fairey (American, b. 1970) is a contemporary artist and graphic designer who routinely uses his art to comment on the political and social issues of the day. Predominantly executed in a palette of black, cream, and red, Fairey’s prints and murals often feature dystopian and propagandist elements, along with his signature “Obey” trademark. In 2008, he released an image of Barack Obama with the slogan “HOPE,” which subsequently became an icon of Obama’s presidential campaign and propelled Fairey to national recognition. His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has been exhibited at Galerie Itinerrance, Paris; the Moscow Museum of Art; and Pace Gallery, New York. His murals are also featured on buildings and streets worldwide.