Shepard Fairey - Respect & Justice Letterpress (Framed) - OBEY
- Screenprint on Cotton paper with hand-deckled edges
- Edition of 450
- Signed and numbered with OBEY Blindstamp
- Framed in Colour-matched Blue painted Oak Frame and float mounted
- 42cm x 34cm (Sheet) 56cm x 48cm (Framed)
"The Respect & Justice image is a call to celebrate, respect, and nurture the planet. The inter-dependence of earth’s eco-systems inspired the concept of Gaia, or the earth as one organism with a respiratory system. The earth’s delicate respiratory system can be thrown dangerously out of balance by climate change. True justice for the earth and future generations of all species can only be achieved by respecting the fragility of the eco-systems that sustain life. The future is in our hands and the choices made by our children will depend on the education we give them."
Shepard Fairey is an American graphic artist and social activist. Part of the Street Art movement, with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat as his predecessors, Fairey communicates his brand of social and political critique via murals and public spaces. "I've never really considered myself just a street artist," he has said. "I consider myself a populist."
His iconic Hope (2008) portrait for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama is perhaps his most well-known work, in addition to his Obey (1992) campaign, which started while Fairey was enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Born Frank Shepard Fairey on February 15, 1970 in Charleston, SC, the artist borrows from graphic styles of the 20th century, blurring the boundary between high and commercial art through type and image. His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian, Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.