A look at some work in-progress!
The Fossil Factory image is an illustration I made based on a former factory in the 13th district of Paris which is now used for classrooms at a university. The architecture of the factory is fantastic and serves as a reminder of what monolithic and impressive things were built by, and in service of, fossil fuel powered industries. Those industries still have tremendous power economically, but we now know that not only are those fuel sources finite but that using them is terrible for climate change and therefore the eco-systems that sustain life on our planet. I’d like to see more fossil factories turned into schools while we subsidize research into renewable energy solutions rather than the current practice of subsidizing the fossil fuel industries for billions as they damage the environment. Please read Naomi Klein’s THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING to better understand the conflict between economic interests and climate change. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this print will go to 350.org (@350org) to support their efforts to fight climate change. Thanks for caring. - Shepard FOSSIL FACTORY PRINT AVAIL. 03/28 @ 10AM (PDT) on ObeyGiant.com in Store under Prints. 18 x 24 inches. #Screenprint. Signed by #ShepardFairey. Edition of 450. $55. Limit 1 per person/household.
“I’m a big fan of #DavidLynch and have been honored to create art for the David Lynch Foundation (@davidlynchfoundation) in the past. I think David is a unique personality with an unusual fearlessness in his art making whether it be film, music, or visual art. David’s approach to art is largely informed by his practice of meditation which has allowed him to ignore the static and reach for something deeper without being paralyzed by fear of failure, which is why I also think it’s great to support programs of Transcendental Meditation for all people. I’m excited by this outlook on creativity and I’m happy to do my part to help the effort.” - Shepard For @obeyclothing's latest #OBEYAwareness campaign, they’ve partnered with the #DavidLynchFoundation, "which brings mediation to those suffering from stress and toxic stress." 100% of the profits generated from the sale of the David Lynch Awareness Tee will go to the Foundation to help provide #TranscendentalMeditation to those in need. Click link in bio to shop the tee now and find out more about #TM! Available for both men and women.
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, The Doors drummer John Densmore, Garbage singer Shirley Manson, and I are celebrating music and activism with WERD, a “live magazine” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (@theatre_acedtla) in #LosAngeles on April 28th! All proceeds from the event are going back into arts education benefitting P.S. Arts (@ps_arts). I’m excited to speak with Perry and discuss art and music, and I’m looking forward to watching the conversation between Shirley Manson and my good friend John Densmore. There will be acoustic performances and an all-star jam by artists still to be announced. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my education, so I’m proud to participate in this event and do my part to help provide funding for the arts. Tickets ($55 and $33.50) go on sale this Friday, March 24 at 10AM (PDT) at AXS.com (link in bio). See you there!
Thank you @howie_brdk for capturing my mural in Downtown, #Cincinnati on your #Leica!
Floral patterns have been a part of my art practice for many years. I like the dichotomy of the hypnotic classic floral pattern against the more cautionary element of the gas nozzle, which forces the viewer to take a deeper look beyond the surface. 📷: @jonathanfurlong
The posse is worldwide! A look at Seoul Art Center's installation of my icon face last December! 📷: Kinam Kim #OBEY #OBEYinKorea #OBEYWorldwide
From the Archives: #ShepardFairey Bureau of Public Works, 2004 #Screenprint on Paper 18 x 24 inches
@realdonaldtrump just announced that he is recommending full termination of funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (@neaarts) and National Endowment for the Humanities (@nehgov), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (@us_imls), for Fiscal Year 2018. Trump is the first ever American President to push to eliminate funding for ALL of the nation’s cultural agencies. Not only does Trump’s agenda reveal how indifferent he is to programs that enrich people’s lives regardless of their economic standing, but he must also be ignorant to the positive impact the arts and culture make economically. Let’s face it, one of the main things the U.S. produces and exports is culture! Trump’s idea is that the arts, EPA, etc… need to be cut to increase military spending. The U.S. outspends on the military against the next eight highest funded countries combined. In fact, Trump’s proposed $50 billion increase in military spending equals 70% of China’s ENTIRE military funding. If you are like me, and you think the arts, culture, and public broadcasting are things that are important to our quality of life and national character, use your voice to protest Trump’s proposal. For more information on what YOU can do to #SAVEtheNEA, click on link in bio. Thanks for caring. - Shepard From the Archives: #ShepardFairey Make Art Not War, 2015 Handcut Rubylith Illustration 16.5 x 20 inches
A print I released back in '97! From the Archives: #ShepardFairey 50's Guy, 1997 #Screenprint on Paper 18 x 24 inches
I painted this Mandala Ornament mural in Miami in 2010. This was the first time I used my stencil process to paint a large mural. Before 2010 most of my murals were wheat pasted. Thank you to @kaotik954 for sharing this great photo. #shepardfairey #obeygiant #miami #publicart #mural
I’ll be traveling to #Australia in June to headline @vividsydney's Game-Changer talk on Saturday, June 17th at the Sydney Town Hall! It’s been 14 years since my last trip to Australia so I’m excited to participate in this event, paint a wall, and also host an exhibition in conjunction with Vivid's festivities. Keep a lookout for more details on that soon! Special thanks to @eddiezammit and @ambushgallery for inviting me. To purchase tickets, visit link in bio. #Sydney, see you soon! 📷: @jonathanfurlong #vividideas #vividsydney #tworldjournal #ambushgallery
Some materials from my studio! 📷: @jonathanfurlong
From the Archives: #ShepardFairey Freedom of the Press, 2010 Mixed Media (Stencil, Silkscreen, and Collage) on Canvas 42 x 30 inches
#DENVER: Stop by @blackbookgallery TOMORROW night for my friend and #OBEY photographer @jonathanfurlong's show "Surveillance." The exhibition will feature photos of 8 international street artists including @dface_official, #ROA, @tristaneaton, @faileart, @cyrcle, @cleonpeterson, @vhils, and myself!
The first batch (250 of 5,000) of #WeThePeople signed offsets have been tubed and prepared for shipment! Please note, the fine folks at the @amplifierfoundation are shipping tens of thousands of packages throughout the week so your orders will arrive by the end of this month! They’re working as fast as possible to fulfill all the orders so thank you in advance for your patience.
Today is #InternationalWomensDay which was officially adopted in 1975 by the United Nations, but celebrated by countries long before. Supporting women falls in line with my philosophy that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. The fact that we have to single out days to celebrate people who have not always been given the equal treatment they deserve is a reminder to be vigilante about the concept of Universal Personhood. The theme of this art series, Universal Personhood, is to promote #peace, #equality, and #humanity. Everyone’s status is equal and everyone’s life counts the same amount. If you can’t participate in the walk-outs or rallies in your city, I hope that you’re proudly wearing red as a sign of solidarity with women everywhere. Keep fighting for justice. - Shepard From the Archives: #ShepardFairey Universal Personhood 2, 2015 Mixed Media Painting (Acrylic, Stencil, Silkscreen, and Collage) on Canvas 44 x 60 inches
My friend and long-standing photographer, @jonathanfurlong, is having a show this Saturday, March 11 at @blackbookgallery in #Denver! The exhibition includes his personal photos featuring international street artists such as @dface_official, @tristaneaton, @cleonpeterson, myself, and others! Jon’s traveled with me all over the world, documenting the last ten years of my career. I urge you to check out his work and see the world of street art through his lens! Jon Furlong: Surveillance Opening Reception: Saturday, March 11 (7pm-9pm) Exhibition Dates: March 11 - April 1
#LA: Don't forget to exercise your right to #vote today! Polls open from 7am-8pm. Visit lavote.net for info!