Shepard Fairey/ Frank Shepard Fairey

United States 1970

Street Art, Illustration

obeygiant.com

Shepard Fairey
Frank Shepard Fairey
Male
United States
1970

When you make an appearance on The Simpsons and when Black Sabbath asks you to make a promotional poster for their final tour, you’ve already reached a level of fame and popularity that seems almost unrealistic. Shepard Fairey, an icon of the American contemporary art scene, is most famous for his Obey Giant artworks and subsequent Obey series, which have found their place on t-shirts, skateboards, posters, walls, and even clothes, spreading the name of the artist throughout the USA and world, eventually. His pieces are thought-provoking and often controversial. He’s also known for the Obama-regarding posters and copyright infringement lawsuit against Associated Press, which he lost. Nevertheless, Fairey remains one of the most famous artists in the world, whose work has inspired generations.

Shepard Fairey - Universal Personhood 2, 2015 - Universal Personhood 1, 2015 - Universal Personhood 3, 2015, contact the news about the articles published in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, home
Shepard Fairey – Universal Personhood 2, 2015 / Universal Personhood 1, 2015 / Universal Personhood 3, 2015

ANDRE THE GIANT

Frank Shepard Fairey was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. Fairey became involved in Art in 1984 when he started to place his drawings on skateboards and T-shirts. His first major work was reproducing black and white images of the wrestler Andre ‘The Giant’ Roussimoff.

Andre the Giant Has a Posse is a street art campaign based on a design by Fairey created in 1989 in Providence, Rhode Island. Distributed by the skater community, the stickers featuring an image of André the Giant began showing up in many cities across the U.S.A. At the time, Fairey declared the campaign to be “an experiment in phenomenology”. Over time, the artwork has been reused in a number of ways and has become worldwide.

At the same time, Fairey and fellow RISD student Ryan Lesser, along with Blaize Blouin, Alfred Hawkins, and Mike Mongo created paper and vinyl stickers and posters with an image of the wrestler André the Giant and the text “ANDRE THE GIANT HAS A POSSE 7′ 4″, 520 lb”, (“7’4″, 520 lbs”, or 2.24 m, 236 kg, famously being Andre The Giant’s billed height and weight) as an in-joke directed at hip hop and skater subculture, and then began clandestinely (and somewhat fanatically) propagating and posting them in Providence, Rhode Island and the rest of the Eastern United States.

An in-joke directed at hip hop and skater subculture

Shepard Fairey - Andre the Giant Has a Posse
Shepard Fairey – Andre the Giant Has a Posse

Shepard Fairey: OBEY Giant

Fairey altered the work stylistically and semantically into the OBEY Giant. This was also to become iconic and a decisive move in Shepard Fairey’s career, particularly in subsequent works that featured the ‘Obey’ word without any associated image. In a manifesto he wrote in 1990, and since posted on his website, he links his work with Heidegger’s concept of phenomenology. His “Obey” Campaign draws from the John Carpenter movie They Live which starred pro wrestler Roddy Piper, taking a number of its slogans, including the “Obey” slogan, as well as the “This is Your God” slogan. Fairey has also spun off the OBEY clothing line from the original sticker campaign. He also uses the slogan “The Medium is the Message” borrowed from Marshall McLuhan.

The ‘Obey’ sticker campaign was an experiment in phenomenology. Shepard Fairey says, “The ‘Obey’ campaign had no meaning, except to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning. The intention was to provoke people through disassociating words with images that normally have an underlying motive (i.e. to sell a product).”

Shepard Fairey was responding to the effects of subliminal commercialism on audiences, prompting them to question their own role in digesting and utilizing information and to get them to think beyond their own existence. Subsequently, the ‘Obey Giant’ campaign, which was posted throughout the streets of California, led to the artist’s arrest on a number of occasions (as it is essentially a form of graffiti); an effect, which resonates in many of his more contemporary works as well.
The OBEY campaign is rooted in the Do It Yourself counterculture of punk rock and skateboarding, but it has also taken cues from popular culture, commercial marketing and political messaging. Fairey steeps his ideology and iconography in self-empowerment. With biting sarcasm verging on reverse psychology, he goads viewers, using the imperative “obey,” to take heed of the propagandists out to bend the world to their agendas.

The artist prompted the audience to question their role in digesting and utilizing information

Shepard Fairey - Giant Power to the Pose, 1996 - Mark of the Giant, 1997 - Che, 1997
Shepard Fairey – Giant Power to the Pose, 1996 / Mark of the Giant, 1997 / Che, 1997

OBEY Clothing

OBEY Clothing was formed in 2001 as an extension of Shepard’s range of work. Aligned with his populist views, the clothing became another canvas to spread his art and message to the people. The clothing is heavily inspired by classic military design, work wear basics, as well as the elements and cultural movements Shepard has based his art career on. Through designers Mike Ternosky and Erin Wignall, Shepard works to create designs that represent his influences, ideals, and philosophy.

Apart from initiating his own art campaigns, Fairey does select commercial work (he helped to develop a design firm called Studio Number One for this) and he designs for album art, skateboards, film posters, and clothes (he also has his own clothing line which came about as a result of the ‘Obey’ sticker campaign). Examples of his commercial work includes designs for the Black Eyed Peas album covers for ‘Elephunk’ and ‘Monkey Business’; the 2009 promotional material for the Earth Hour initiative and a range of creative branding designs for Pepsi, Nike, Electronic Arts, Hasbro, and Netscape, among others.

The clothing is inspired by the elements and cultural movements the artist has based his career on

Shepard Fairey - OBEY Ransom, 2015 - OBEY Star, 2015, popular pieces were made in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Shepard Fairey – OBEY Ransom, 2015 / OBEY Star, 2015

Shepard Fairey and Barack Obama

During the 2008 presidential election, Fairey’s poster of Barack Obama—a graphic, vaguely Russian-propagandist-looking portrait of the then candidate with the word HOPE drawn in big, bold letters underneath—achieved the rare feat of becoming a visual emblem of a moment in American history. Obama, of course, won the election. The first Obama poster produced by Fairey (produced without any connection to the official Obama Presidential Election Campaign), showed a portrait of Obama (gazing upwards in the guise of a visionary leader) with the word ‘Progress’ underneath. Initially, official Obama campaigners kept a distance from the poster, but eventually embraced it, asking Fairey to produce two revised versions. The first replaced the word ‘Progress’ with ‘Change’ and the second used the word ‘Vote’.

But while the Obama poster—as well as a diverse, complex, and at times controversial body of work that stretches back two decades—helped set the stage for Fairey’s first solo museum show, titled Supply and Demand, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston last year, it also attracted a different kind of attention. Fairey became embroiled in a contentious—and potentially precedent-setting—lawsuit with the Associated Press over his unauthorized use of one of the news service’s photographs, which was taken by photographer Mannie Garcia in 2006, as a reference for the Obama portrait. In 2009, Fairey sued the Associated Press to show in court that his portraits of Obama were fair use of an AP photograph and avoid being sued by the AP himself for copyright infringement. But, the AP claims that the artist’s use of the image is copyright infringement; Fairey believes that in making the portrait, he was just exercising his First Amendment rights and that his use of the image as a reference falls under the category of fair use. Fairey’s admission in late fall that he attempted to destroy evidence of his using the Garcia image as a reference has thrown a new wrinkle into the proceedings. Fairey realized that he was wrong and that he had indeed based his work on the photograph that the AP said he had used, so Fairey panicked and tried to cover his tracks by submitting falsified evidence and attempting to delete the actual evidence from his computer. He then went ahead and claimed for months something that he knew was false.

Shepard Fairey was sentenced to 300 hours of community service, two years of probation and a $25,000 after pleading guilty to one count of criminal contempt. Government lawyers believed that Fairey could have been fined up to $3.2 million and also argued that he should spend time in prison (he could have been incarcerated for a maximum of 6 months).

The lawsuit could have costed him milions of dollars and up to six months in prison

Shepard Fairey - Obama Posters- Progress (Left) - Vote (Center) - Hope (Right)
Shepard Fairey – Obama Posters: Progress (Left) / Vote (Center) / Hope (Right)

Admiring the Right People

Shepard Fairey, who himself is a member of the punk and skateboarding sub-culture, attributes his rebellious street art streak in part to this, as well as Soviet-era propaganda, 1960s-era psychedelic rock poster art and paintings from Works Progress Administration campaigns, all sources from which Fairey derives great inspiration. Another of his controversial works was a series of posters titled ‘anti-war, anti-Bush’ which he created in collaboration with artists Robbie Cond and Mear One in 2004. Images in this series include the former President, George Bush, hugging a bomb and another depicting George Bush as the devil. The Obama poster campaign, however, was a shift away from this. It did not hold that antagonistic streak reflected in these previous campaigns, but rather the Obama posters captured Fairey’s own forward-looking and hopeful prospects for a new direction for the United States.

“I created the Obama image with a little bit of a different intention than a lot of other stuff that I make. It’s not that I haven’t put people who I admire on pedestals before, but they were usually people like the Black Panthers or the members of Black Sabbath ..” He was asked by the heavy metal band to make promotional posters for their last tour symbolically called – The End.

Inspiration is drawn from the Soviet-era propaganda and 1960’s psychodelic posters

Shepard Fairey - Black Sabath, The End, 2016
Shepard Fairey – Black Sabath, The End, 2016

Exit through the Gift Shop: Controversy

Since the release of the film Exit Through The Gift Shop, there has been much speculation that the film and story of Mr. Brainwash are a hoax concocted by Banksy and Shepard Fairey themselves. It is a story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art. The film charts Guetta’s constant documenting of his every waking moment on film, from a chance encounter with his cousin, the artist Invader, to his introduction to a host of street artists with a focus on Fairey and Banksy, whose anonymity is preserved by obscuring his face and altering his voice, to Guetta’s eventual fame as a street artist himself. It was thanks to Fairey, that Guetta gains access to street art’s most elusive genius, Banksy, who agrees to have Guetta tag along on some of his operations, such as the kidnapping and brutal murder of a London phone booth, as long as we never see Banksy’s face.

However, according to a recent interview with artist Ron English, who’s perhaps best known for his portrait of a rotund Ronald McDonald, the film was entirely real. English claims that the film started out as a lawsuit against Thierry Guetta, the enthusiastic street artist wannabe who follows the renowned Shepard Fairey and Banksy through the first half of the film before the doc turns the cameras on Guetta’s longing to be a vapid, mass-produced, faux street artist named Mr. Brainwash.
Here’s what English has to say:

“Here’s what actually happened: when we first met Thierry, he was supposed to be making a movie about Shepard. He was filming Shepard all the time, wherever he went. They made a deal, 50/50, we’ll make a movie. They shot for five years doing this, Shepard in his Spiderman prime, leaping off buildings and stuff. At the end of five years, Shepard says ‘Alright, let’s put the movie together,’ and Thierry said ‘I’m not giving you the footage.’ He’s actually quite smart and can be a little devious — he figured ‘I just took away five years of your fame,’ because in his heart, Thierry always wanted to be the artist. He figured he was messing up his competition, in a way, and holding onto valuable footage. Shepard didn’t quite know what to do and filed a lawsuit against Thierry.

Then Banksy figured ‘I’m in the same situation, he has tons of footage for me.’ He had some of the only footage of Banksy where you could actually see who he was. So he calls up Thierry and said ‘I’m sending you a first-class ticket to London, get on the plane, I have to talk to you.’ That’s when he told Thierry that he would make a movie about him instead, in exchange for the footage, which Thierry turned over to Banksy. That’s when they realized that the footage wasn’t nearly what they thought it might be, but it turns out they did get a different sort of treasure trove, because you’ve got a portrait of this weird guy, Thierry.”

So Banksy and Fairey thought Guetta was going to ruin them on film, but then Banksy turned the cameras on Guetta to create a rousing critique of modern art? Sounds like a fair trade, and another intriguing twist in this already engaging story.

There was a lot of controversy around The exit through the gift shop

Shepard Fairey - Smoke 'Em While You Got 'Em, 2015 - Sedation Pill, 2015 - Scale Tipping Services, 2015
Shepard Fairey – Smoke ‘Em While You Got ‘Em, 2015 / Sedation Pill, 2015 / Scale Tipping Services, 2015

The Simpsons

Simpsons’ season 23, episode 15 is titled, “Exit Through The Kwik-E-Mart,” a play on fellow street artist Banksy’s 2010 documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” In “Exit Through The Kwik-E-Mart,” Bart acts as a graffiti artist, plastering Homer’s image all over Springfield — that is, until Bart and Millhouse get caught… Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal lent their voices to the episode. In a statement on Fairey’s website, the artist writes, “Part of being on ‘The Simpsons,’ is you’re being honored as a reference point in culture.” He later states that “The Simpsons” has been one of his favorite shows for the last twenty years.

The Simpsons are one of the artist’s favorite shows

Shepard Fairey - Appearance on The Simpsons
Appearance on The Simpsons, all rights belong to Matt Groening

DJ Diabetic and Emcee Insulin

In addition to his successful graphic design career, Fairey also DJs at many clubs under the name DJ Diabetic and Emcee Insulin. Shepard Fairey’s artwork for the exhibition titled 50 Shades of Black is inspired by the 12-inch record cover format. Since 2006, Fairey, a DJ and music enthusiast has continuously created artwork with the record cover template in mind. 50 Shades of Black featured 50 Hand Painted Multiples (HPMs) and a box set with screen print editions of each of the 50 new album cover designs. A record store installation with customized vintage turntables and a portion of the artist’s own record collection will also be on view. Viewers can participate in the exhibition by selecting records from Fairey’s collection and playing them on the provided record players.

He is also a successful DJ

Shepard Fairey - Capital Gain, 2015 - America's Savings, 2016 - End Corruption, 2016
Shepard Fairey – Capital Gain, 2015 / America’s Savings, 2016 / End Corruption, 2016

Fairey and Justin Peck: Heartscape

Among his most notable projects, Fairey’s recent collaboration with Justin Peck, one of the country’s most sought-after ballet choreographers, really stand out. Their first collaboration happened in the spring of 2015 in Miami, where Fairey’s art is the backdrop for a new ballet called “Heatscape.” Peck explains that he was inspired by Fairey’s murals in Miami’s Wynwood arts district, part of a permanent street art exhibit called “Wynwood Walls.” With a collaboration between Peck, the young resident choreographer of New York City Ballet who is the hottest new talent in classical dance, and famed street artist Shepard Fairey – Heatscape is one of the most high-profile premieres in MCB’s history.

Heatscape is one of the most high-profile premieres in MCB’s history

Shepard Fairey - Set Designs for Justin Peck's Heatscape, image courtesy of Miami City Ballet
Shepard Fairey – Set Designs for Justin Peck’s Heatscape, image courtesy of Miami City Ballet

Streets of New York, Detroit, Jersey City – Fairey Owns Them All

The true nature of street art lies in its unpredictability. You can’t always get an explicit permission to do your thing on the walls. And for Fairey, it’s all about giving his art to the people, disregarding the obstacles. The fact they liked what they saw pushed his career. And yet, due to the lack of the permissions, the artist got arrested more than a dozen times and even faced felony charges in Detroit. Still, he owns the streets, roaming them in pursuit of a new perfect place to paint. This kind of persistence has made him one of the most famous artists in the contemporary world.

He is represented by Vertical Gallery, Merry Karnowsky, Hang-Up Gallery, Pop Fine Art, iDroom, Ministry of Walls, Artsuggest.com, We Art Partners and Magda Danysz.

Shepard Fairey lives and works in Los Angeles.

All images, including the featured – copyright Shepard Fairey.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Urban Art PreviewGalerie Kronsbein, MunichGroup
2016Black/White: Including editions and monoprints by Tara Donovan, Leonardo Drew, Paul Morrison and Vik MunizPace Prints, New YorkGroup
2015Shepard Fairey: Sound & VisionStolenspace Gallery, LondonSolo
2015The Reasons For The SeasonsStolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Shepard Fairey: On Our HandsJacob Lewis Gallery, New YorkSolo
2015New Editions: Chuck Close, Shepard Fairey, April Gornik, Robert Mangold, James TurrellPace Prints, New YorkGroup
2015PRINTS Only!Muca, MunichGroup
2015This Ain't Main St.Masters Project, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2015Muca CollectionMuca, MunichGroup
2015Shepard FaireyPace Prints, New YorkSolo
2015BrotherhoodJonathan Levine Gallery, New YorkGroup
2015LAX / LHRStolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Shepard Fairey: Printed MattersLibrary Street Collective, DetroitSolo
2015FreedomStolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Holiday BazaarSubliminal Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2014In EditionAddison/Ripley Fine Art, WashingtonGroup
2014Cruel SummerJonathan Levine Gallery, New YorkGroup
2014The Insistent Image,nRecurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper JohnsHALSEY INSTITUTE, CharlestoneGroup
2014SHEPARD FAIREY, 50 Shades of BlackSubliminal Projects, LASolo
2013Urban Art BiennaleVölklienger Hütte MuseumGroup
2013Druck Berlin: Screenprint FestivalStattbad Wedding, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013StolenSpace Winter Group ShowStolenSpace Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2013JOAN, JOAN, JOAN - One Subject, Many ArtistsVi Smith Concourse Gallery, Santa AnaGroup
2013RougeKatherine Cone Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2013Art With a Purpose: An art exhibit benefitting The New York Coalition for Healthy School FundRush Arts Gallery,New YorkGroup
2013Books & PaintingsMuseum Brandhorst,GermanyGroup
2013Signs and Symbols: From Street Art to High ArtLancaster Museum of Art and History,LancasterGroup
2013POP Goes the Easel: Pop Art and its ProgenyLyman Allyn Art Museum, New LondonGroup
2013Art of Elysium, Pieces of Heaven 2013Ace Museum, Los AngelesGroup
2013EphemeralCircleculture Gallery at Pret A Diner,GermanyGroup
2012Sound & Vision nStolenSpace Gallery, London, United KingdomSolo
2012Printed MattersThe Public Trust, DallasSolo
2012AMERICANAnnPerry Rubenstein Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2012Harmony & DiscordPace Prints, New YorkSolo
2012Collection Nicolas Laugero / AngersGrand Théâtre AngersGroup
2012Views on the wallCentre de la gravure et de l'image imprimée ,Louvière ,Belgique Group
2012In the Event of Andy WarholRoanoke College - Hollins University and Washington and Lee UniversityGroup
2012Au-delà du street artMusée de la Poste, ParisGroup
2012Tonight We Wont Be Bored – 10 Years Of V1 GalleryV1 Gallery, DenmarkGroup
2012Clusters — Personal VisionAvenue 50 Studio, Los AngelesGroup
2012Skalitzers PreviewSkalitzers Contemporary Art, Germany Group
2012Klimt Illustrated Lazarides Rathbone Place, UKGroup
2012Printworks Past And PresentMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012Non Toxic Revolution Strychnin Gallery, Germany Group
2012Sea No Evil SArt Show 2012Riverside Municipal Auditorium ,RiversideGroup
2012FreestyleFabien Castanier Gallery, CaliforniaGroup
2012Festival of Optimism (AKA 1st Anarchist Art Fair) Peanut Underground , New YorkGroup
2012New Blood Thinkspace, Culver CityGroup
2012Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine Turns 18! CoproGallery, Santa MonicaGroup
2012Fresh 2012 MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave., Los AngelesGroup
2012 STUCK UP: A Selected History of Alternative and Pop Culture Told Through StickersMaxwell Colette GalleryGroup
2011Your Ad HereV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2011The Print ShowMagda Danysz Gallery , Paris Solo
2011Too Fast To Live, Too Young To DieSubliminal Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2011Shepard Fairey Mural + Group Exhibition MK2 Projects La Brea, 161 S. La Brea Ave. Group
2011Branded Arts Smashbox Studios , West Hollywood, California Group
2011Branded Arts Event featuring Samantha Ronson as the guest DJ!!Smashbox Studios , West Hollywood, California Group
2011West Hollywood Library Artists ReceptionWest Hollywood Library, West HollywoodGroup
2011Art for Tibet III: Gallery show and fundraiser auctionJoshua Liner Gallery,New YorkGroup
2011LA Vs. WAR II - Art for Peace in the Hope Era The Vortex, Los AngelesGroup
2011Adrian Grenier's Magical Media Tour Toronto International Film Festival, CanadaGroup
2011Keep A BreastStrychnin Gallery, Germany Group
2011Artist Tribute Exhibition 2Irvine Contemporary, WashingtonGroup
2011Venice Art Crawl Venice 811, veniceSolo
2011Playing Field Carmichael Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2011Plan B - group exhibition Two Window Project , Berlin, Germany nGroup
2011Raw Art Exhibit 2011 Uptown District of Downtown Oakland , Oakland Group
2011Scion Presents: 11:11Scion Installation LA Gallery, Culver CityGroup
2011A Positive Thought Cannot Be DeniedIcosahedron Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011Out From UnderGround 2 Mosaic Wine Bar, San DiegoGroup
2011Revolutions - The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey Santa Monica Auctions, Santa Monica Solo
2011Street 'N Low: Group Exhibition of Street and Low Brow ArtistsSanta Monica Auctions, Santa Monica Group
2011HuelessMallick Williams & Co., New YorkGroup
2011The TaTa Gala. Best of the BreastsSacred Gallery NYC, New YorkGroup
2011Ink on PaperMallick Williams & Co., New YorkGroup
2011Los Angeles Art Show 2011 Los Angeles Convention Center, Los AngelesGroup
2010Printed MattersSubliminal Projects, Los AngelesSolo
2010May DayDeitch Projects, New York CitySolo
2010Supply and DemandContemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, OhioSolo
2010From Style Writing to Art (Part 2 - Shanghai)Gallery Magda Danysz, ShanghaiGroup
2010From Style Writing to artMagda Danysz Gallery, Paris Group
2010Winter Group Show White Walls Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2010LACMA LA Print: Edition 1 LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Group
2010Lorem Ipsum The Box Gallery, Costa MesaGroup
2010Small Gift Miami Wynwood Art District, MiamiGroup
2010The Black Friday Art Sale La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010Source LA L.A. Mart, Los AngelesGroup
2010Alternative Press 25th Anniversay Exhibition Sloan Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2010RE:FORM SCHOOL pop up art exhibition 233 Mott Street (at Prince) 10012 NYC , New York Group
2010RE:FORM SCHOOL RE:FORM SCHOOL, New York CityGroup
2010STREET TEXT: Art From the Coasts/The Populist Phenomenon 516 ARTS , AlbuquerqueGroup
2010The WarholianRoyal T, Culver CityGroup
2010World Child Project’s Art Gallery Auction and Fundraising EventGuy Hepner Gallery, West HollywoodGroup
2010Protest Vs. Propaganda Sacred Gallery NYC, New YorkGroup
2010ARTS 4 HEARTSChacala, New YorkGroup
2010Joyride: Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) Los Angeles Morono Kiang Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010Little WonderA&D Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Beyond PunkSignal Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Sea No Evil 2010 Riverside Municipal Auditorium, RiversideGroup
2010Out From UnderGroundEdgeware Gallery, San DiegoGroup
2010Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban LandscapeMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego-Downtown, San DiegoGroup
2010Alternative Press Magazine 25th Anniversary Art ShowMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010Senses Working Overtime Studio X, SacramentoGroup
2010ObeyUntil Never, Victoria, Australia nSolo
2010Street Smart Affirmation Arts, New YorkGroup
2010Graphic Attack! 1AM Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2010Vorwärts! Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Galerierundgang Landsberger 54 Kunstraum Richard Sorge , Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Manifest Equality Gallery Opening Manifest Equality Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2009Supply and DemandWarhol Museum,Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaSolo
2009Supply and DemandInstitute of Contemporary Art,BostonSolo
2009THE PUBLIC WORKS: A New Mural Project at the Fountainhead ResidencyArt Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FLSolo
2009Blue Print For Space for Art Basel 2009 Art Center / South Florida, Miami BeachGroup
2009Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction The Factory Place Arts Complex, Los AngelesGroup
2009Apocalypse Wow!Macro - Museum of Contemporary Arts, Italy Group
2009WALL AS CANVASWende Museum of the Cold War , Culver CityGroup
2009Surfrider Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala Event and Auction California Science Center, Los AngelesGroup
2009Beyond Eden New Contemporary Art FairLos Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG), Los AngelesGroup
2009REVO LA art show Ucla Ackerman Grand Ballroom, Los AngelesGroup
2009Pre-existing conditionM Modern Gallery, Palm SpringsGroup
2009STAGES: Lance Armstrong launches a global art exhibition to raise funds and awarness in the fight against Cancer Galerie Perrotin - Turenne, France Group
2009Pre-Existing ConditionPRAVUS Gallery, PhoenixGroup
2009Stolenspace Summer group showStolenSpace Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
20092009 Headlands Benefit AuctionHerbst International Exhibition Hall, San FranciscoGroup
2009Print Retrospective 1997 – 2009 Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Artists Insight: YAAWYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San FranciscoGroup
2009Urban Art | Werke aus der Sammlung ReinkingWeserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Germany Group
2009Get Rich QuickCarmichael Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2009The End is Near!CPop Gallery, DetroitGroup
2009Through Future Eyes: The Endurance of Humanity Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San FranciscoGroup
2009Pre-existing Condition A group art exhibition to benefit Type One Diabetes researchThe Light Gallery, costa mesaGroup
2009Harley-Davidson Presents: The Art of RebellionSanta Monica Auctions, Santa Monica Group
2009CAN & DID - Graphics, Art, and Photography from the Obama CampaignDanziger Projects, New YorkGroup
2009Family FirstAnno Domini, San JoseGroup
2009Family First White Walls Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2008Duality Of HumanityWhite Walls Gallery,San Francisco Solo
2008Obey + D-faceMagda Danysz Gallery, Paris Group
2008The Last Minute Big Art ShowStudio X, New YorkGroup
2008Peace of Paradise - Hartley House BenefitOgilvy, New YorkGroup
2008soundDowntown 2008 Live PaintingSanta Ana Artists Village, Santa AnaGroup
2008Reality CheckOVERTONES gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2008Music ShareHangar 1018, Los AngelesGroup
2008Change AmericaSanta Monica Auctions, Santa Monica Group
2008Art For Hope: Fundraiser & ExhibitionMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2008Sept. 27 Shepard Fairey E Pluribus Venom booksigningLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2008FLUX Screening SeriesHammer Museum, Los AngelesGroup
2008Manifest HopeMANIFEST HOPE GALLERY (Andenken Gallery) , DenverGroup
2008SEA NO EVILRiverside Art Museum, RiversideGroup
2008Grand Opening Exhibition: Hard LeftMerry Karnowsky Gallery ,BerlinGroup
2007Imperfect UnionMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2007NineteeneigthyfouriaStolenSpace, Old Truman Brewery, LondonSolo
2007E Pluribus VenomJonathan Levine Gallery, New York Solo
2007Behind The SeenAd Hoc Art, BrooklynGroup
2006Shepard Fairey - ObeyMagda Danysz Gallery, Paris Solo
2006Wooster On spring11 Spring Street – New York City, New YorkGroup
2006Solo Exhibition Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2006N/AWax Poetics Gallery, Burbank, CA, USA Solo
2006N/AWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA , USA Solo
2006N/AMaxalot Gallery, Barcelona, Spain Solo
2006N/AOXOP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USAGroup
2006N/ANew Art Center, Newtonville, MA, USAGroup
2006N/AGalerie de Jour Anges B, Paris, FranceGroup
2005Dalek & Shepard FaireyMagda Danysz Gallery, Paris Group
2005Urban Edge ShowThe P4, Milan, Italy.Group
2005N/AHillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY, USAGroup
2005N/AVoice 1156 Gallery, San Diego, CA, USAGroup
2005N/ACopro Nason Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2005N/ABeautiful Losers, Costa Mesa, CA, USAGroup
2005N/AMisanthropy Gallery, Vancouver, CanadaGroup
2005N/AGalerie de Jour Agnes B, Paris, FranceGroup
2005N/AEXIT Gallery, Hong Kong, China Solo
2005N/ADC Gallery, Denver, CO, USA Solo
2005N/AHard Rock Café Gallery, Orlando, FL, USA Solo
2005N/AToyroom Gallery, Sacramento, CA, USA Solo
2005N/AOX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA Solo
2005N/AVoice 1156 Gallery, San Diego, CA Solo
2005N/AMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA Solo
2005N/ABlack Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA Solo
2005N/ADyezu Experiment, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2005N/AMendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA, USAGroup
2005N/ADC Gallery, Denver, CO, USAGroup
2005N/AV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005N/AProject Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2005N/ATrack 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2004N/AKerkchof Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA Solo
2004N/AThe Ad Shop, Brussels, Belgium Solo
2004N/AToy Room Gallery, Sacramento, CA, USA Solo
2004N/AV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark Solo
2004N/AKantor Gallery Window, New York, NY, USA Solo
2004N/AShooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA Solo
2004N/AGallery Katz, Boston, MA, USA Solo
2004N/AMartin Mcintosh Outer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Solo
2004N/AMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA Solo
2004N/AParagraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO, USA Solo
2004N/APaul Rodgers 9W Gallery, New York, NY, USAGroup
2004N/ABeautiful Losers, CAC, Cincinnati, OH, USAGroup
2004N/ADucky Waddles Emporium, Encinitas, CA, USAGroup
2004N/AStreetwise 3, Santa Monica, CA, USAGroup
2004N/ABeautiful Losers, Yerba Buena, San Francisco, CA, USAGroup
2004N/AQEEROPHONIC, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2004N/ACarlos Irizarry Gallery, San Juan, Puerto RicoGroup
2004N/AOBJEX Artspace, Miami, FL, USAGroup
2003Ayer Still AliveSubject Matter Gallery, Costa MesaGroup
2003N/ALa Base, Paris, France Solo
2003N/APerhelion Arts, Phoenix, AZ, USA Solo
2003N/ASIXSPACE, Los Angeles, CA, USA Solo
2003N/ACPOP, Detroit, MI, USA Solo
2003N/AThink Tank, CO, USA Solo
2003N/ARED FIVE, San Francisco, CA, USA Solo
2003N/AKantor Gallery Window, New York, NY, USA Solo
2003N/AMilk, San Francisco, CA, USA Solo
2003N/ASession the Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USAGroup
2003N/AQuite Riot, Long Beach, CA, USAGroup
2003N/ADesign Is Kinky Conference, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2003N/ABack Jumps Exhibition, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2002N/AEmporium Gallery, Encinitas, CA, USA Solo
2003N/A1300 Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA Solo
2003N/ABoston Museum, Boston, MA, USA Solo
2003N/ADept/Fumiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Solo
2003N/AMax Fish, New York, NY, USAGroup
2003N/AMerry Karnowski Gallery, Hollywood, CA, USAGroup
2003N/ADay by Day Gallery, Richmond, VA, USAGroup
2003N/AThe Blue Cube, Columbus, OH, USAGroup
2003N/ASeven Degrees Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, USAGroup
2003N/AApart Gallery, London, UKGroup
2003N/AModart, CA, USAGroup
2001N/AHallsey Gallery, College of Charleston, SC, USA Solo
2001N/ATin Man Alley Gallery, New Hope, PA, USA Solo
2001N/ACPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI, USAGroup
2001N/ALevi's Vortex GalleryGroup
2001N/ABush Gallery, Providence, RIGroup
2001N/AMOCA DC, Washington, DC, USAGroup
2000N/ACapsule, Birmingham, England Solo
1999The bathroom showNew Image Art Gallery, West HollywoodGroup