Lot 984
  • 984

Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant)

Estimate
200,000 - 300,000 HKD
Sold
325,000 HKD
bidding is closed

Description

  • Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant)
  • Chinese Banner
  • mixed media on canvas
  • 101.6 by 76.2 cm; 40 by 30 in.
signed and dated 16

Catalogue Note

Shepard Fairey is one of the most recognized names in Street Art today, achieving mainstream recognition following his HOPE poster which was adopted by Barrack Obama’s 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign.  For Fairey, the best art has the potential to start a beneficial dialogue that can help infiltrate the dominant power structure of society. He uses symbols of power and political influence to question the boundaries of authority. Originally a screen print edition from 2001, Fairey decided to turn this image into a canvas for his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The image depicts a typical communist government building with Fairey’s OBEY Icon in a star in the sky. The composition reflects the propaganda posters of the Communist Revolution. Usually propaganda pieces display their message prominently and with little room for interpretation, but Fairey blends propaganda iconography in a way that allows for multiple interpretations of the image.
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