Over the years we’ve met quite a few collectors that share the same passion for subculture and collecting. These passions culminate for the us by collecting specifics artist's, iconography and imagery that shapes each of our collections. On the rare occasion we’re asked to offer vintage items on the site, and we have from time to time. Well last week profoundly changed our lives and we’re excited to share that will you. After spending a few days learning about the stories of 1 collector that has been in the game for the past few decades we found signed prints from many of the artists that built the foundation for collecting art prints. With the likes of Bill Graham, Gary Grimshaw, Coop, Derek Hess and beyond, stored safely in flat files, we sifted through and pulled a few hundred prints. Now that we’re back home we’re doing our best to process this collection, grade for quality, photograph and add to the site.
Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, S.C. and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. As a student there he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, which featured imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama, found at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Fairey’s 25-plus-year career started in 1989 with his sticker campaign. In addition to his guerrilla street art presence, the artist has executed more than 75 large-scale painted public murals around the world as of spring 2017. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.
In 2015 Fairey worked with Galerie Itinerrance in Paris to install his Earth Crisis Globe at the Eiffel Tower in time for the COP21 Climate Conference. The installation was created as a call to action to protect the planet and was unveiled just days following the Paris Attacks on November 13, 2015. Later in 2016, Fairey opened “Earth Crisis,” a solo exhibition with Galerie Itinerrance showcasing a body of environmentally-themed works.
The artist completed a career survey museum show in Hong Kong in 2016 at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation entitled “Visual Disobedience” and in 2017 he exhibited his “Peace & Justice” show and mural in Seoul, Korea at the Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center.
Collaborating with the Amplifier Foundation, Fairey helped launch the “We The People” campaign in January 2017, a project dedicated to igniting a national dialogue about American identity and values through public art and story sharing. His portraits celebrate diversity and inclusion and have become a visual centerpiece for marches, protests, and global discourse.
Fairey has been awarded the Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award and Visionary Award, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Voices of Courage Media Award, is a Rush Arts honoree, the first-ever P.S. ARTS heART Award, an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute, and more.
For more information, visit www.OBEYGIANT.com.