Frank “Shepard Fairey” is a very famous graphic artist, muralist, and overall artist. He was born on February 15, 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina in the United States. In 1988, the artists graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in Palm Springs, California. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island in 1992.
As a young adult, Shepard Fairey became very interested in art. He soon began to use his drawings in T-shirts and skateboards. He was a skateboard-obsessed art student. While in school, Shepard Fairey held a part-time job in a skateboarding shop. Soon after, he hit the skateboard community hard by pasting homemade stickers all over the place. It was then that he realized his desire and interest in the street art culture and graffiti movement. Another strong influence was his love for punk music, which he demonstrated stencils.
One of the first images he ever used was that of Andre the Giant. Shepard Fairey found this image in a newspaper ad and he chose to introduce it to the streets.
Shepard Fairey is one of the most influential street artists of our time. Shepard Fairey’s work has been used in screen-prints, stencils, stickers, masking film illustrations, wheat paste, collages, sculptures, posters, paintings, and murals. Shepard Fairey enjoys working with the colors black, white, and red. Fairey has constantly shifted between the realms of fine art, commercial art, street art, and even political art. His most famous art includes images of Andre the Giant, the Obey trademark, the propaganda poster of Barack Obama, and many more.
Shepard Fairey’s work combines elements of graffiti, pop art, business art, and Marxist theory. His work has been seen in galleries around the world and even museums. Not only that, but is often recognized in graphic designing and signature apparel. One of his most famous works includes his portrait of Barack Obama. In fact, this portrait drew national attention to Fairey and his work quickly exploded after that recognition. This poster also received the Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award in 2009.
Shepard Fairey has held solo and group exhibitions across the world. Some of his more famous ones include Capsule, Birmingham, England in 2000, Kantor Gallery Window in New York, New York in 2003, OXOP Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2006, and Merry Karnosky Gallery in Los Angeles, California in 2007.
Shepard Fairey currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California in the United States.
Dark Wave from Shepard Fairey is an open edition on cream speckle tone paper. This print measures 24 x 36 inches.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
B.A. Rhode Island School of Design, 1992
Honorary Doctorate, Pratt Institute, 2015
Tony Goldman Visionary Artist Award, 2014
Orchids & Onions Awards, 2010
Artist Residency for The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2005
Member and contributor to the LACMA Graphic Arts Council 2003
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong
Galerie Itinerrance, Paris, France
EARTH CRISIS GLOBE INSTALLATION
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
ON OUR HANDS
Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York, NY, USA
YOUR EYES HERE
CAC Málaga Museum, Málaga, Spain
PRINTED MATTERS & PUBLIC MATTER SHOW: DETROI
Library Street Collective, Detroit, Michigan, USA
SHEPARD FAIREY: NEW EDITIONS
Pace Prints, New York, NY, USA
POWER & GLORY – THE INSISTENT IMAGE: RECURRENT MOTIFS IN THE ART OF SHEPARD FAIREY AND JASPER JOHNS
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, South Carolina
50 SHADES OF BLACK: THE ALBUM COVER ART OF SHEPARD FAIREY
Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
SOUND & VISION
StolenSpace Gallery, London, United Kingdom
The Public Trust, Dallas, TX
Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
HARMONY & DISCORD
Pace Prints Gallery, New York, NY
YOUR AD HERE
V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
REVOLUTIONS: THE ALBUM COVER ART OF SHEPARD FAIREY
Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Deitch Projects, New York, NY
SUPPLY & DEMAND: 20 YEAR SURVEY
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati, OH