SHEPARD
FAIREY

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Shepard Fairey is a Graphic Artist and Social Activists. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina and he lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Shepard Fairey has always been open about controversial social and political topics and often donates and creates artwork in order to promote awareness of these social issues and contributes directly to these causes.

Shepard Fairey created the "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign in 1989. This later evolved into the "Obey Giant" campaign, which was intended to inspire curiosity and cause people to question their relationship with their surroundings. According to the Obey Giant website, "The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker".

He is also best known for his Hope - 2008 campaign, which portrays in red, white, and blue, a portrait of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In 2017, the artist created a series of three posters, featuring portraits of culturally diverse women in red, white, and blue, in response to the xenophobic rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump.

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.

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Shepard Fairey is a Graphic Artist and Social Activists. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina and he lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Shepard Fairey has always been open about controversial social and political topics and often donates and creates artwork in order to promote awareness of these social issues and contributes directly to these causes.

Shepard Fairey created the "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign in 1989. This later evolved into the "Obey Giant" campaign, which was intended to inspire curiosity and cause people to question their relationship with their surroundings. According to the Obey Giant website, "The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker".

He is also best known for his Hope - 2008 campaign, which portrays in red, white, and blue, a portrait of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In 2017, the artist created a series of three posters, featuring portraits of culturally diverse women in red, white, and blue, in response to the xenophobic rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump.

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.

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Shepard Fairey is a Graphic Artist and Social Activists. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina and he lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Shepard Fairey has always been open about controversial social and political topics and often donates and creates artwork in order to promote awareness of these social issues and contributes directly to these causes.

Shepard Fairey created the "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign in 1989. This later evolved into the "Obey Giant" campaign, which was intended to inspire curiosity and cause people to question their relationship with their surroundings. According to the Obey Giant website, "The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker".

He is also best known for his Hope - 2008 campaign, which portrays in red, white, and blue, a portrait of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In 2017, the artist created a series of three posters, featuring portraits of culturally diverse women in red, white, and blue, in response to the xenophobic rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump.

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.

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