The genius of Shepard Fairey lies in his ability to create works of art that, universally, elicit deep, visceral reactions. His 2008 HOPE poster for Barack Obama has become an iconic work. After Obama’s election, the Smithsonian acquired Fairey’s mixed-media portrait of Obama for the National Portrait Gallery.
Posters Supporting Parkland Students
Shepard Fairey has created a series of posters to support the continued movement for gun reform created and organized by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Schools Not War Zones and Assault On Our Future were done for the March 24th March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Schools Not War Zones, Fairey surrounds a peace symbol with a circle of AR-15 assault rifles and bullets on a yellow school bus yellow background. Assault On Our Future depicts a single assault rifle, bordered by chains, with a sticker-like graphic on the upper right hand corner that reads Product of the U.S.A.
Schools Not War Zones and Assault On Our Future, as well as other posters in support of gun reform, can be downloaded, for free, at Fairey’s website: http://www.studionumberone.com/free-downloads.
Obey Giant Documentary
Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey, looks at Shepard Fairey’s career from skateboarder to influential and controversial artist. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winner James Moll (Foo Fighters: Back and Forth and The Last Days) and executive produced by James Franco.
The film premiered on Hulu last November and is an interesting look at the way Shepard Fairey has come to be recognized as a force, not just within the art world, but throughout the world.
Shepard Fairey Mural in Charlottesville
Shepard Fairey is donating his time and talent to create a mural in downtown Charlottesville, to commemorate Heather Heyer, who was killed last August, when a car slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, shortly after a Unite the Right rally was deemed an unlawful assembly.
The mural will be done in collaboration with the Heather Heyer Foundation and, according to the application submitted to the Charlottesville Mural Project, “This will be a dedication to the equity, peace, kindness and community engagement that Heather and countless others in this city stand for.” In addition to Fairey’s work, local artists Eze Amos and Destinee Wright will also contribute work to the project.
Shepard Fairey at VFA
Works of Shepard Fairey, like Peace and Freedom Dove, Paradise Turns and Classic Discs, continue to inspire us at VFA. Please contact us for more information about these, or any of the other fine art work available at VFA.