Shepard Fairey

Born in Charleston, South Carolina.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, S.C. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. While there he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama, found at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Fairey’s 25-plus-year career started in 1989 with his sticker campaign. In addition to his guerrilla street art presence, the artist has executed more than 50 large- scale painted public murals around the world as of 2015. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.

Last September, Fairey opened “On Our Hands” with the Jacob Lewis Gallery, his first solo painting show in New York since 2010. “On Our Hands” was the gallery’s inaugural exhibition of the artist’s work as his representing gallery in New York. The show coincided with the artist’s most recent monograph release, Covert to Overt (Rizzoli).

Also the artist’s latest show “Earth Crisis” opened at Galerie Itinerrance in Paris earlier this summer. This solo show featured new original works, and the exhibition is an extension of his groundbreaking Earth Crisis Globe installation at the Eiffel Tower, which was up following the November 13, 2015, Paris Attacks and through December of 2015. “Earth Crisis” is Fairey’s latest environmentally themed art created as a call to action to protect our planet and will be on view through July 30, 2016.

In August, Shepard Fairey in collaboration with legendary photographer Jim Marshall’s estate debut “American Civics,” a series of new works interpreting the iconic photography of Marshall and vividly depicting the humanity behind some of our country’s enduring social justice issues. The project will be on exhibit and for sale on August 13, 2016, at the San Francisco Art Exchange.

Shepard Fairey Artworks

A Delicate Balance

Icon Collage (Bottom)

Rise Above (Caliber)