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Keith Haring, the artist and social activist whose life was cut short by the AIDS epidemic, is immortalized here in Shepard Fairey’s iconic, street art-inspired aesthetic style. Modeled after the famed image by photographer Patrick McMullan, Fairey’s screenprint presents Haring as a pillar of light in the convergence of graffiti and fine art genres, a place where both artists found their niche. While the overall design and color scheme resonates as a purely Fairey-esque composition, the background pays homage to Haring’s influential work. The most recognizable and clearly defined is Haring’s 'Radiant Baby,' positioned in the upper right quadrant.
Published by Obey Giant, Los Angeles
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.