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Shepard Fairey

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Charleston, South Carolina

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2015 Anti Freeze by Katy Park
Londonewcastle Project Space
Sep, 2015 Attack The Block
One Art Space
Sep, 2015 Brotherhood
Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th

Shepard Fairey has become one of the most well-known artists of the early 2000s. He is most noted for being the artist who, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1989, created the "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign, which has evolved into the "Obey Giant" campaign, that can now be seen all over the world. The campaign has become, in Fairey's words, an "experiment in Phenomenology."

According to Fairey, “The first aim of Phenomenology is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one's environment. The Obey campaign attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the campaign and their relationship with their surroundings.  Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with Obey propaganda provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer's perception and attention to detail. The medium is the message.”Recently Fairey has come under criticism for appropriating others' artwork into his own while failing to provide attribution for the work used.

Fairey received a Bachelor of Arts from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. His work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME,, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, INC., Juxtapoz, Swindle, and many others. Shepard’s most recent monograph, Supply and Demand, was published by Ginko Press in 2006.


1970 Born Frank Shepard Fairey in Charleston, SC

1992 B.A. in Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Selected Exhibitions

2010 May Day, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)

2009 - 2010 Supply and Demand: 20 Year Survey, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (solo)

2008 White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)

2007 E Pluribus Venom, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Nineteeneightyfouria, Stolen Space Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Merry Karnosky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

2006 Wax Poetics Gallery, Burbank, CA (solo)
White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Maxalot Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France (solo)
OXOP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
New Art Center, Newtonville, MA
Galerie de Jour Anges B, Paris, France

2005 Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY
Voice 1156 Gallery, San Diego, CA
P4 Space, Milan, Italy
Copro Nason Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Losers, Costa Mesa, CA
Misanthropy Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Galerie de Jour Agnes B, Paris, France
EXIT Gallery, Hong Kong, China (solo)
DC Gallery, Denver, CO (solo)
Hard Rock Café Gallery, Orlando, FL (solo)
Toyroom Gallery, Sacramento, CA (solo)
OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Voice 1156 Gallery, San Diego, CA (solo)
Merry Karnosky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
Dyezu Experiment, Tokyo, Japan
Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA
DC Gallery, Denver, CO
V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Project Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Kerkchof Gallery, UCLA, Los Angles, CA (solo)
The Ad Shop, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Toy Room Gallery, Sacramento, CA (solo)
V-1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
Kantor Gallery Window, New York, NY (solo)
Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Gallery Katz, Boston, MA (solo)
Martin Mcintosh Outer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO (solo)
Paul Rodgers 9W Gallery, New York, NY
Beautiful Losers, CAC, Cincinnati, OH
Ducky Waddles Emporium, Encinitas, CA
Streetwise 3, Santa Monica, CA
Beautiful Losers, Yerba Buena, San Francisco, CA
QEEROPHONIC, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Carlos Irizarry Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
OBJEX Artspace, Miami, FL

2003 La Base, Paris, France (solo)
Perhelion Arts, Phoenix, AZ (solo)
SIXSPACE, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
CPOP, Detroit, MI (solo)
Think Tank, CO (solo)
RED FIVE, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Kantor Gallery Window, New York, NY (solo)
Milk, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Session the Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Quite Riot, Long Beach, CA
Design Is Kinky Conference, Sydney, Australia
Back Jumps Exhibition, Berlin, Germany

2002 The Emporium Gallery, Encinitas, CA (solo)
1300 Gallery, Cleveland, OH (solo)
Boston Museum, Boston, MA (solo)
Dept/Fumiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Max Fish, New York, NY
Merry Karnowski Gallery, Hollywood, CA
Day by Day Gallery, Richmond, VA
The Blue Cube, Columbus, OH
Seven Degrees Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Apart Gallery, London, UK
Modart, CA

2001 Hallsey Gallery, College of Charleston, SC (solo)
Tin Man Alley Gallery, New Hope, PA (solo)
CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
Levi's Vortex Gallery
Bush Gallery, Providence, RI
MOCA DC, Washington, DC

2000 Capsule, Birmingham, UK (solo)

Recent Exhibits

Shepard Fairey participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 Amsterdam International Art Fair
Beurs van Berlage
Aug, 2015 Druck Berlin
Urban Spree Gallery
Aug, 2015 Los Angeles Art Association Benefit Auction
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Jul, 2015 Superman is Dead
Galerie Magda Danysz
Jun, 2015 Your Eyes Here
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Jun, 2015 'Freedom' A Group Show in association with Urban Nation
Urban Nation
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Shepard Fairey has Exhibited at these venues:

Londonewcastle Project Space One Art Space
Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th Beurs van Berlage
Urban Spree Gallery Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Galerie Magda Danysz Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Urban Nation A&D Gallery
Heart 'N' Soul Gallery Mercado La Paloma
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG) KP Projects / MKG
Kopeikin Gallery TCL Chinese Theatre
Flower Pepper Gallery Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 557C West 23rd
StolenSpace Gallery Brand Library Art Galleries
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art José Vera Gallery
Art Share L.A. Gallery Speerstra - Bursins
James' Beach Galerie Caplain-Matignon
Siren Studios Hollywood Galerie Brugier-Rigail
STATTBAD WEDDING Vi Smith Concourse Gallery
Katherine Cone Gallery Rush Arts Gallery
Museum Brandhorst Lancaster Museum of Art and History
Lyman Allyn Art Museum Ace Museum
Circleculture Gallery at Pret A Diner V1 Gallery
Avenue 50 Studio Skalitzers Contemporary Art
Lazarides Rathbone Place Strychnin Gallery
Riverside Municipal Auditorium Fabien Castanier Gallery
Peanut Underground Thinkspace
CoproGallery MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave.
Maxwell Colette Gallery MK2 Projects La Brea
Smashbox Studios West Hollywood West Hollywood Library
Joshua Liner Gallery The Vortex
Toronto International Film Festival Irvine Contemporary
Venice 811 Carmichael Gallery
Two Window Project Uptown District of Downtown Oakland
Scion Installation LA Gallery Icosahedron Gallery
Sacred Gallery NYC Los Angeles Convention Center
White Walls Gallery LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Chinese American Museum The Box Gallery
Wynwood Art District La Luz de Jesus Gallery
L.A. Mart Sloan Fine Art
233 Mott Street (at Prince) 10012 NYC RE:FORM SCHOOL
516 ARTS Royal T
Subliminal Projects Guy Hepner Gallery
CHACALA Morono Kiang Gallery
Signal Gallery Edgeware Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-Downtown Studio X
Until Never Affirmation Arts
1AM Gallery Deitch Projects - Wooster St.
Kunstraum Richard Sorge Shahrzad Gallery
Manifest Equality Gallery Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Center / South Florida The Factory Place Arts Complex
Wende Museum of the Cold War Macro - Museum of Contemporary Arts
M Modern Gallery Galerie Perrotin - Turenne
PRAVUS Gallery Herbst International Exhibition Hall
Merry Karnowsky Gallery - Berlin Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst CPop Gallery
The Light Gallery ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
Danziger Gallery Anno Domini
Studio X Ogilvy
Santa Ana Artists Village OVERTONES gallery
Hangar 1018 Hammer Museum
MANIFEST HOPE GALLERY (Andenken Gallery) Riverside Art Museum
111 Minna Gallery Ad Hoc Art
11 Spring Street – New York City The P4, Milan, Italy.
Subject Matter Gallery New Image Art Gallery
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