Shep­ard Fairey, Inc.

The leg­endary US street artist de­con­structs the power of graf­fiti.

ImagineFX - - Reviews - Au­thor G James Daichendt Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books Price £25 Web www.ti­tan­books.com Avail­able Now

If you have even the slight­est in­ter­est in street art, then you’ll al­most cer­tainly have come across Shep­erd Fairey. The man be­hind OBEY and the fa­mous Obama Hope art­work, Shep­erd is one of the most fa­mous street artists in the world and this lav­ish book documents his rise to suc­cess in in­cred­i­ble de­tail.

Be­hind ev­ery piece of Shep­erd’s art­work is a story that, in turn, means there’s a con­sid­er­able amount of copy in this book, which in­cludes a wealth of in­for­ma­tion on ev­ery­thing from his in­spi­ra­tions and the ori­gins of OBEY to in­ter­est­ing facts about the artist, such as when he was ar­rested.

The ma­jor­ity of the art­work is given the space it un­doubt­edly de­serves, with ev­ery piece com­man­deer­ing at least one full page, printed in rich colour on thick, glossy pages. How­ever, there are a cou­ple of dou­ble-page spreads ac­com­pa­nied by a quote that’s writ­ten ver­ti­cally and cov­ers al­most a third of the im­agery on show – some­thing that’s en­tirely un­nec­es­sary. Luck­ily, these are few and far be­tween, with the ma­jor­ity of the pho­tog­ra­phy al­lowed to bask in its full glory. For Shep­erd Fairey and street art fans alike, this com­pre­hen­sive guide to the artist’s ca­reer is a real treat.

The artist’s fa­mil­iar OBEY im­age orig­i­nated from a street cam­paign that used an im­age of An­dre the Gi­ant.

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