Shepard Fairey is the man behind OBEY GIANT, the graphics that have changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. What started with an absurd sticker he created in 1989 while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design has since evolved into a worldwide street art campaign, as well as an acclaimed body of fine art. The OBEY GIANT campaign is rooted in the DIY counterculture of punk rock and skateboarding, but it has also taken cues from popular culture, commercial marketing and political messaging. Fairey’s art reached a new height of prominence in 2008, when his “HOPE” portrait of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the presidential campaign and helped inspire an unprecedented political movement.
On Air: Mandala by Shepard FaireyShepard Fairey aims for his work to reach the broadest audience possible, and as part of the 2010 art fair Art Basel Miami, he created a huge mural on a public building, Mandala Ornament. In Fairey’s animated artwork, Mandala, we see the design re-imagined, as each separate element of the surrounding pattern revolves around a central motif – the face of French wrestler Andre the Giant. The elaborately-ornate design continuously expands and contracts, while its core remains static, adding a slightly sinister undertone to this entrancing artwork. -> Homepage of the Artist: www.obeygiant.com -> Shepard Fairey on Wikipedia From the Sedition Selection