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This hand-painted collage on wood work by Shepard Fairey depicts a skull-faced punk complete with mohawk and leather jacket, a reference to the artist's own roots. Often incorporating music references into his work, Fairey emulates record labels, maintaining his trademark “Obey” brand throughout the background. Influenced by the vintage album art of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, this work has obvious ties to Fairey’s love of classic punk rock music.

Best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster of the 2008 presidential election, Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) has combined street art and alternative skate culture with the realm of fine art. Prior to the most recent election, 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, business art, and appropriation art. He has also broken into the commercial realm 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.

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

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  • MK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Shepard Fairey: Rise Above." MK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2006.
  • Ships From: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 24.8 x 16.8 in. (62.99 x 42.67 cm.)

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