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
Sotheby's New York, 'Obama Hope', 2020
Former US President Barack Obama's private collection
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA, 2009
May Day, Deitch Projects - 76 Grand Street, New York, USA
Salad Days, 1989-1999, Cranbrook Art Museum, 2018
Sound & Vision, Stolenspace Gallery, London, UK, 2012