Shepard Fairey - OBEY

Shepard Fairey, born in 1970, by his real name Frank Shepard Fairey, is an American silkscreen designer, muralist and illustrator. 

From the age of 14, Shepard Fairey became interested in art, studied illustration and already made his own t-shirts and skateboards, until he founded his own company, Alternate Graphics. The sticker "André the Giant Has a Posse" will be used by Shepard Fairey during the Obey Giant campaign, now known worldwide. Shepard fairey says he is strongly influenced by Andy Warhol, Alexander Rodchenko, Barbara Kruger, Robbie Conal and Diego Rivera. He works for bands such as Black Eyed Peas, Led Zepplin, The Smashing Pumpkins and many others. 

But Shepard Fairey really made a name for himself during the 2008 presidential campaign, when he created posters in support of Barack Obama, with the inscriptions "HOPE", "CHANGE" or "VOTE". Time magazine commissioned the portrait, and made Shepard Fairey their "personality of the year".

Some of his works can be seen at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, or the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but also in the streets of the world as when he supports the victims of September 13, 2015, through his fresco by Marianne, surrounded by the motto Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

He is now considered one of the most influential contemporary street art artists.

 

Shepard Fairey - Obey

Shepard Fairey, né en 1970, de son vrai nom Frank Shepard fairey, est un sérigraphiste, muraliste et illustrateur américain.

Dès 14 ans, Shepard Fairey s’intéresse à l’art, étudie l’illustration et réalise déjà ses propres t-shirts et skateboards, jusqu’à fonder sa propre entreprise, Alternate Graphics. L’autocollant «André the Giant Has a Posse » servira à Shepard Fairey lors de la campagne Obey Giant, aujourd’hui mondialement connue. Shepard fairey se dit fortement influencé par Andy Warhol, Alexander Rodtchenko, Barbara Kruger, Robbie Conal et Diego Rivera. Il travaille pour des groupes tels que Black Eyed Peas, Led Zepplin, The Smashing Pumpkins et bien d’autres.

Mais Shepard Fairey se fait réellement connaitre lors de la campagne présidentielle de 2008, lorsqu’il crée des affiches en soutient à Barack Obama, alimentée des inscriptions « HOPE », « CHANGE » ou « VOTE ». Le magazine Time commande le portrait, et fait de Shepard Fairey leur « personnalité de l’année ».

Certaines de ses œuvres peuvent être contemplées au Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, au Musée d'Art Moderne de New York, ou au Victoria and Albert Museum de Londres, mais aussi dans les rues du monde entier comme lorsqu’il porte son soutien aux victimes du 13 septembres 2015, à travers sa fresque de Marianne, entourée de la devise Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

Il est aujourd'hui considéré comme l'un des plus influents artistes de street art contemporain.

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