Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

Nationality: American

Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina

Biography:
Shepard Fairey is a Los Angeles-based artist and influential member of the Street Art Movement. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with the creation of his Obey series, which he dispersed in public spaces in the form of prints, posters, murals, and stickers. Fairey’s popularity grew further when he transformed his seminal 1989 “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker into a widely recognizable symbol for his clothing company OBEY. Founded in 2001, OBEY became an extension of Fairey’s activism, incorporating political and social propaganda into its designs. “The OBEY campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology. The first aim of Phenomenology is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one’s environment,” Fairey wrote in his 1990 Manifesto. “The OBEY campaign attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the campaign and their relationship with their surroundings. Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with OBEY propaganda provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer’s perception and attention to detail. To catalyze a thoughtful dialogue deconstructing the process of image absorption is the ultimate goal. All in the name of fun and observation. The medium is message.” Fairey’s work disrupts the boundaries between fine and commercial art and combines elements of graffiti, appropriation, portraiture and pop art. He is best known for his iconic portrait of President Barack Obama titled Hope (2008). It portrays the then-presidential candidate in red, white and blue and the word HOPE in large, bold letters. Hope became a visual emblem associated with a major moment in American history. Shepard Fairey was born in 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.


 

Shepard Fairey Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Flag, 2010 Hand-painted multiple with acrylic, screenprint and collage on paper 29 x 44 inch
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970)Flag, 2010Hand-painted multiple with acrylic, screenprint and collage on paper29 x 44 inch...
Lot 65030
Auction 5304
Monday, April 10, 2017
$13,750.00
SHEPARD FAIREY (American, b. 1970) Obey, 2002 Silkscreen on wood 24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) Ed. 2/2 Signed and
SHEPARD FAIREY (American, b. 1970)Obey, 2002Silkscreen on wood24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)Ed. 2/2Signed and...
Lot 70282
Auction 5197
Saturday, November 8, 2014
$10,000.00
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Lenin Money, MAO Money, and Nixon Money (three works), 2002 Silkscreen on metal 24 x... (Total:...
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970)Lenin Money, MAO Money, and Nixon Money (three works), 2002Silkscreen on metal24 x... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 77057
Auction 5323
Sunday, June 11, 2017
$10,000.00
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Home Invasion Screenprint on wood 24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) Ed. 2/6 Signed lower rig
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970)Home InvasionScreenprint on wood24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)Ed. 2/6Signed lower rig...
Lot 77064
Auction 5323
Sunday, June 11, 2017
$4,250.00
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Hope, 2008 Screenprint in colors on wove paper 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm) Signed and d
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970)Hope, 2008Screenprint in colors on wove paper36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm)Signed and d...
Lot 77027
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017
$3,750.00

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ItemCurrent Bid
Shepard Fairey X L.E.A.D. Uganda Blanket, 2009 Screenprint in colors on paper 24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) (sheet)
Shepard Fairey X L.E.A.D. UgandaBlanket, 2009Screenprint in colors on paper24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) (sheet)...
Lot 12058
Auction 191749
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
$300.00
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Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Bob Mould, 2008 Screenprint in colors on paper 24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) (sheet) Ed
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970)Bob Mould, 2008Screenprint in colors on paper24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) (sheet)Ed. ...
Lot 12059
Auction 191749
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
$300.00
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Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Change Begins Within, 2009 Screenprint in colors on paper 24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) (s
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970)Change Begins Within, 2009Screenprint in colors on paper24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) (s...
Lot 12060
Auction 191749
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
$300.00
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