Frank Shepard Fairey is the artist who designed the 2008 iconic “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign. Being a skateboarder, his art was from the very beginning subversive. He started creating stickers, t-shirts, skateboards, and posters that he originally sold via black and white mail order catalogs. He has always been involved in branding, marketing and design. In 2004, Fairey with a long time friend also created a quarterly publication, Swindle, a magazine that documents pop culture, fashion, and music.
Shepard Fairey has publicly supported the Occupy movementin the United States, creating a new image. This time it’s the face of a demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, from the movie V for Vendetta, a sort of symbol of rebellion for a new generation. Shepard Fairey is one of the most influential street artists today and his work is exhibited in museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
He is also the author of this famous poster of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has won a seat in Myanmar‘s parliament in today’s partial elections, after years under house arrest because of her defense of human rights in her country, also known as Burma.
(To read my original article -with lots of images- published in Nov 2011, in PDF: Frank Shepard Fairy)