Shepard Fairey is an American graphic designer & social activist part of the street art movement. Fairey uses murals & public spaces to communicate his brand of social & political critique. His work has been used in screen-prints, stencils, stickers, masking film illustrations, wheat paste, collages, sculptures, posters, paintings, and murals
His most popular work is his iconic ‘Hope’ (2008) which was a portrait for the then-presidential candidate Barack Obama & was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign. It encapsulated a number of recurring concerns in the artist’s work, including propaganda, portraiture, and political power. His work borrows from graphic styles of the 20th century, blurring the boundary between high & commercial art through type & image. He enjoys working with the colours black, white & red & combines elements of graffiti, pop art, business art, and Marxist theory.
He has recently designed a series of posters called ‘We The People’ in protest of the recent President-elect Donald Trump. He implemented text from the first line of the US constitution & placed them with portraits of Native Americans, African Americans, Muslims, and Latinas depicted in Fairey’s trademark style, with slogans such as “Women are Perfect” and “Defend Dignity.”
“We thought (they) were the three groups that had been maybe criticized by Trump and maybe were going to be most, if not necessarily vulnerable in a literal sense, most feeling that their needs would be neglected in a Trump administration,” Fairey told CNN.
His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian, Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London