Shepard Fairy is an American street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who came into the art world from the skateboarding scene. Shepard gained his fame with his creation of, "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign. These images were taken from the grocery store tabloid Weekly World News. He also gained public attention during the 2008 Presidential election of Barack Obama with his "Hope" poster. Shepard Fairy has been called today's best and most influential street artist. His work appears at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Shepard Fairy's first collection exhibited was Supply and Demand and was shown in Boston. More than 250 pieces of his work in a variety of media were shown in the exhibit. It included; stencils, screen prints, rubylith illustrations, collages, works on wood, metal and canvas and also stickers. When asked what explains his motivation in his art, Shepard answered, "Question everything." When he created the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse", it was done to inspire curiosity and make people ask about their relationship in regards to their surroundings. The sticker campaign was started to gain recognition among his classmates, Shepard had not thought about it going to a larger segment. It was only meant to get people to react, and think about their environment; however, once he saw the reaction he thinks it now is possible to create a phenomenon out of it. Shepard is a founding partner with Dave Kinsey and Phillip DeWolff in the design studio, BLK/MRKT Inc. where they create guerrilla marketing. Some of the clients they provide for are; Pepsi, Hasbro and Netscape. Shepard designed the red dinosaur for mozilla.org's logo as their mascot. Less
Shepard Fairy is an American street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who came into the art world from the skateboarding scene. Shepard gained his fame with his creation of, "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign. These image More
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