Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Work of Shepard Fairey

I hadn't heard of Shepard Fairey until I saw the iconic poster of Barack Obama that has become a cultural phenomenon. Los Angeles-based street artist, graphic designer, and illustrator, Shepard Fairey's "Hope" and "Progess" signed/numbered posters are selling for thousands of dollars on eBay.


His work has a very vintage feel to me, using beautiful colors and graphics. "Utilizing currency motifs and a Norman Rockwell aesthetic, Fairey employs the graphic language of the subjects they critique. Blending Art Nouveau, hippie, and revolutionary propaganda styles, he celebrates subjects advocating peace."- Kellis Landrum



You can read an interview with the artist here.

2 comments:

Patricia Gray said...

I am sure that the Hope/Progress posters are destined to become Classics!!

Rose Growing Gal said...

Wonderful post! This artist does have a powerful aesthetic. It also reminds me of old Soviet posters, but in a quirky way. I am off to research this artist...