Shepard Fairey, Inc.
The legendary US street artist deconstructs the power of graffiti.
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.