Shepard Fairey

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Shepard Fairey


The man responsible for the most successful presidential campaign poster of all time (Obama’s unauthorised ‘Hope’ image), Shepard Fairey is behind some of the world’s most instantly-recognisable street art. Emerging from the skate scene of 1980s America, he first gained fame with his Obey Giant stickers – made when he was still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design and expanded into a clothing range. Afterwards, he worked in the advertising industry before turning his attention to politically-motivated works, most recently on gender imbalance.



Did you know?

Surprisingly, Shepard Fairey is the artist’s real surname (first name: Frank).

Country of Birth


Auction Record


Sotheby's New York, 'Obama Hope', 2020

Notable Collections

Former US President Barack Obama's private collection

Notable Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, US, 2009

Salad Days, 1989-1999, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, US, 2018

Sound & Vision, Stolenspace Gallery, London, UK, 2012

Exhibitions by Shepard Fairey

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