The work of Shepard Fairey , a street artist, graphic designer, activist , has inspired generations. As an icon of the American contemporary art scene, his pieces are thought-provoking and often controversial. He is most famous for his Obey Giant series and following Obey posters, as well as the Obama-regarding posters and copyright infringement lawsuit against Associated Press. Originating from punk and skateboard culture, his art is distinctly political and he frequently supports social causes and opposes corporate influences. Profoundly committed to democracy and freedom of speech, his works have a new level of resonance today. Being a counterculture celebrity, he has appeared in The Simpsons and has been asked by Black Sabbath to do a promotional poster for them. Having created some of the most famous street images in history and leaving a permanent mark on American politics and culture, he remains a strong voice and influence in urban art and an extremely controversial figure.
Our list features some of his most prized political works. Dealing with the variety of issues such as corporate influences, consumerism, resistance, global conflicts or police brutality, these works are more relevant than ever. Another great thing about these prints is that their price seems to increase over time!
The work is a mixed media collage created by Fairey as a part of his contribution to L.E.A.D. Uganda, an educational leadership program that locates vulnerable children with great talents and turns them into leaders.
The work My Florist is a Dick shows a Washington DC riot policeman in a uniform. The police are often portrayed as 'peace keepers', but 5000 civilians have died at the hands of the police since 9/11. This is the reason behind the humorous flowers in the image.
Corporate Violence for Sale is another politically influenced print from his mural series Reagan and Friends. The series is inspired by Antonino D'Ambrosio film Let Fury Have the Hour.
This is a piece from the Duality of Humanity collection, where Shepard touches upon mindless consumerism and conflicts around the globe. The series calls for action.
The print Israel/Palestine conveys a message about the conflict in the Middle East. Leaving itself open to the viewers' interpretation, the image features contrasting red and white and red and black Obey fabric patterns.
The print Occupy Protester was created in support of the movement Occupy Wallstreet. It was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine for their annual 'Person of the Year' issue.
The print Power Bidder reflects on many problems created by the current campaign finance structure in The United States. Fairey emphasizes that corporate donations distort their influence in politics and corrupt the democracy.
The print Scale Tipping Service is another piece reflecting the problems and controversies regarding corporate donations and political campaigns in the United States.
This is another piece from The Duality of Humanity series reflecting on the global conflicts and the role of children in them.
The piece This is Your Church reflects on consumerism and the power money has in today's society.
The piece Tyrant Boot is inspired by the arrest of the graffiti artists Revok on felony vandalism charges. The police have confiscated everything he had been using to earn a living, and this has crippled his business and income. The quote is by Frederick Douglas, a leader of the Abolitionist Movement.
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