Shepard Fairey at the McNay
McNay Art Museum is proud to feature the contemporary work of Shepard Fairey, whose prints — recent gifts from San Antonio art collectors Harriett and Ricardo Romo — will be on exhibition.
Fairey is one of the country’s most famous and influential street artists of today. He came to fame in 2008 when he designed the Hope poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Many of Fairey's prints were produced in collaboration with the late Richard Duardo at the Modern Multiples print shop in Los Angeles.
Fairey's work has created a unique visual and graphic language as well as a style that is immediately recognizable and legible as his own. He does this with a limited color palette of black, white, tan, and red, as well as bold, repeating patterns and motifs. One of his most famous motifs is the highly stylized face of the professional wrestler André the Giant emblazoned with the word “OBEY.” Based on a street installation the artist did while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design called André the Giant has a Posse, the image has become Fairey’s trademark.