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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

Item Realized
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, 2010 Hand-painted multiple with acrylic, screenprint and collage on paper 29 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, 2002 Silkscreen on wood 24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm) Ed. 2/2 Signed 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), 2002 Silkscreen on metal 24 x... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 77057
Auction 5323
Sunday, June 11, 2017
$10,000.00
Shepard Fairey Learn to Obey Variation Print (c. 2014)
Shepard Fairey Learn to Obey Variation Print (c. 2014)....
Lot 11926
Auction 121831
Sunday, August 5, 2018
$59.00
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Idiocracy, poster, 2016 Screenprint in colors on cream speckled paper 24 x 18 inches (61 x 4
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Idiocracy, poster, 2016 Screenprint in colors on cream speckled paper 24 x 18 inches (61 x 4...
Lot 15053
Auction 191830
Thursday, July 26, 2018
$687.50

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ItemCurrent Bid or Price
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Yen Pattern (Gold and Red/Black) (two works), 2007 Screenprints in colors on cream speckled p...
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Yen Pattern (Gold and Red/Black) (two works), 2007 Screenprints in colors on cream speckled p... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 11056
Auction 191835
Thursday, August 30, 2018
$600.00
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Venice Pattern Set (three works), 2009 Screenprints in colors on cream speckled paper 18 x 1...
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Venice Pattern Set (three works), 2009 Screenprints in colors on cream speckled paper 18 x 1... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 11057
Auction 191835
Thursday, August 30, 2018
$650.00
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Mandala Ornament 2 (Black and Cream) (two works), 2010 Screenprints in colors on cream speckl...
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Mandala Ornament 2 (Black and Cream) (two works), 2010 Screenprints in colors on cream speckl... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 11058
Auction 191835
Thursday, August 30, 2018
$400.00
Shepard Fairey X Ernesto Yerena I Love Rock Collage, 2008 Screenprint on paper 24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm) (sheet) E...
Shepard Fairey X Ernesto Yerena I Love Rock Collage, 2008 Screenprint on paper 24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm) (sheet) E... (1)

Auction 191839
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Presidential Seal (Black and Red) (two works), 2007 Screenprint in colors on cream speckled p...
Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) Presidential Seal (Black and Red) (two works), 2007 Screenprint in colors on cream speckled p... (2)

Auction 191839
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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