Shepard Fairey

1970 · United States

Artist biography

Shepard Fairey is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Shepard Fairey was born in 1970. Born in the same country and around the same year are Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat.

About Shepard Fairey's work

Shepard Fairey is prominent in the street art scene. Often created in public locations, street art is in essence related to graffiti art, although it covers a wider range of mediums and alternative formats. Artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are considered to be pioneers of street art, and considerably influenced the newer generation of street artists, including Banksy and JR. The freedom and looseness of street art entices artists to create without barriers, and often provide a critique of contemporary

Galleries and Exhibitions

Shepard Fairey's work is available on display in 5 galleries around the globe, such as in Portugal, Austria, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Paul Stolper Gallery in London, Galerie Ernst Hilger in Vienna, as well as Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon. Shepard Fairey most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Brugier-Rigail in Paris with the exhibition Préambules. The exhibition was open from the 29 January 2020 until the 21 February 2020. Shepard Fairey's work has also been exhibited during the FROM THE WORLD, MADE IN LISBOA exhibition at Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal (11 April 2019 - 17 May 2019).

Shepard Fairey in private collections

On Artland Shepard Fairey's artworks can be found in the collection of Per Holsteen Larsen, LSH, and Jeppe Glenstrup Jensen, who for instance also has works by other artists including Alessandro Simonini, Won Sou-Yeol, and Mar Hernández.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, remains as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful global art capital. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Shepard Fairey's

Born in 1970, Shepard Fairey's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1980s in the early years of the artist's life. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Shepard Fairey

  • Artworks in Collections 43
  • Exhibitions 2
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