Last night I came upon a website about Frank Shepard Fairey, the graphic artist who created the obey giant art as well as the infamous Obama "Hope" portrait that was made popular during the presidential race. I've read in the past that there were various criticisms of Shepard Fairey regarding copyright violations with the Obama image, but I really love the colors and style in the portrait. The website has the original Obama print for sale and I was surprised that it is selling for $5, 000 dollars!!
What I really love about some of the Shepard Fairy art are the prints with females. Besides the obey giant prints, one of my favorite of the Shepard Fairy prints is the portrait about the Burmese political activist who has been on house arrest, Aung San Suu. I just love the "Freedom to Lead" print, with all of its red, yellow and black tones. I would just love to have that print hanging on my wall! Although the "Freedom to Lead" print is my favorite, I love all the prints with women.
Many of the Shepard Fairy prints remind me so much of some of the street graffiti that I grew up looking at while being raised in Los Angeles. The colors and some of the political messages in some of the art are really enticing to me. When you have a chance, head over to the Shepard Fairey prints website and check out some of the prints for yourself.