Shepard Fairey 'OBEY '04 (Wage Peace)'

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Frank “Shepard” Fairey is an iconic figure of the Street Art movement. Inspired by graffiti and skateboarding culture, graphic design and social realism, Fairey blurs the boundaries between fine and commercial art, treating all surfaces as his canvas. He is best known for his 2008 Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster, now a shared symbol in our cultural lexicon.

From the ‘Retro Series’ series, ‘OBEY ‘04 (Wage Peace)’ pictures a silhouette of a soldier against a red backdrop. The soldier holds an image of legendary wrestler Andre the Giant, the icon Fairey first became famous for. A pacifist, Fairey calls for peace – subverting the presence of a gun with a single hopeful bloom. 

Exploring issues of self-empowerment, rebellion, xenophobia and environmentalism, Fairey is an activist and collectable artist, represented in the collection of the Smithosonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This work is for free thinkers, collectors of street, contemporary and pop art.

The ‘Retro Series’ was created to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Fairey’s streetwear brand OBEY.

Shepard FAIREY (1970 - )
'OBEY '04 (Wage Peace)' 2005
Screenprint on paper
Edition of 89
Image Size: 99 x 66 cm
Dimensions: 118 x 85 x 5 cm
Signed: Signed, dated and editioned bottom margin: 17/89, Fairey 05
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Screenprint on wove paper. 
Condition: Very Good: Signs of wear to the frame; image in pristine condition.
(c) Shepard Fairey / Copyright Agency