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Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, SC, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. While he was still a student there, Fairey created the hugely popular Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker, which transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign. Over time, his imagery has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art that includes the 2008 Hope portrait of Barack Obama, the original of which can be found in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

Fairey’s art career started in 1989 with his sticker campaign. In addition to his guerrilla street-art presence, as of 2015 he has executed more than 50 large-scale painted public murals around the world. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.

Debuting Summer 2016, American Civics is the first-ever collaboration between Fairey and the estate of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. For this project, Fairey selected five of Marshall’s iconic photographs and re-interpreted them into new works that vividly depict the humanity behind some of America’s enduring social justice issues.

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