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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 81910
Obey Elephant Gift, 2011

Screenprint
18 х 24 in. (45.72 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, and numbered
Edition 375/425
Foundry/Publisher Obey Giant
Lot description
This 2011 work by Shepard Fairey depicting an elephant was released as a gift from the artist's studio, and was unavailable to the general public.

Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) is an American urban artist best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster for the 2008 presidential election. Fairey’s work combines the aesthetics of street art and alternative skate culture with fine art practices. Prior to the Obama campaign, Fairey was primarily recognized as the artist behind the "Obey Giant" campaign, designed in the late 1980s and early 1990s during Fairey's time at the Rhode Island School of Design. Fairey's body of work combines elements of graffiti, Pop Art, and commercial art. He has also worked as a fashion designer and advertising artist for brands such as Pepsi. Fairey's works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011); the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA (2010); and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD (2005). He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. In 2009, his work was the subject of a retrospective called “Supply and Demand” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, drawing a record number of visitors for the museum. The exhibition traveled to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh before moving to the Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, OH.

Selected Public Collections:
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Obey Elephant Gift by Shepard Fairey
  • Obey Elephant Gift by Shepard Fairey
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