Shepard Fairey USA, b. 1970
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.
Fairey blurs the boundary between traditional and commercial art through type and image, communicating his brand of social critique via prints, murals, stickers, and posters in public spaces. “Art is not always meant to be decorative or soothing, in fact, it can create uncomfortable conversations and stimulate uncomfortable emotions,” he stated.
Fairey currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His works are included in the collections of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Lasting ImpressionsDellasposa Gallery presents original limited edition prints by Pablo Picasso, Robert Motherwell, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Anish Kapoor, Hiroshi Sugimoto, John Stezaker, Zhang Xiaogang, Darren Coffield, Dean + James, Ben Eine, Shepard Fairey, Cleon Peterson and Daniel Arsham.