SHEPARD FAIREY: COVERT TO OVERT
Most well known to the public for his “Hope” poster, created during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, which is said to be the most iconic American image since Uncle Sam, the American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, and illustrator Shepard Fairey has become a pop-culture icon himself, though he has remained true to his street-art roots. He has carefully nurtured a reputation as a heroic guerilla street artist waging a one man campaign against the corporate powers-that-be, with his "Obey Giant" street posters. Rosing out of the skateboarding scene, creating his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign in the late 80's, Fairey has since achieved a mainstream recognition that most street artists never find. This new book, Shepard fourth, 'Covert to Overt: The Under/overground Art of Shepard Fairey' showcases his most recent evolution from works on paper to grander art installations, cross-cultural artworks, and music/ art collaborations. The book also includes his ubiquitous streetwear and chronicles his return to public artworks. His signature blend of politics, street culture, and art makes Fairey unlike any other subculture/ street artist working today. This book showcases the significant amount of art he has created the last several years: street murals, mixed-media installations, art/music events, countless silk screens, and work from his extremely successful OBEY brand.