Through his art Shepard Fairey is constantly urging observers to question the origin and intention of the images we see on a daily basis. Where Fairey uses star imagery, a symbol borrowed from Soviet propaganda, his work is intended to draw attention to the consequences of blind obedience.
This concept is conveyed in Mandala Ornament I, with Fairey exploring the Buddhist symbol of the mandala – a symbol traditionally used for spiritual practices, which has been co-opted by the wellness movement.
He states: ‘My work uses people, symbols, and people as symbols to deconstruct how powerful visuals and emotionally potent phrases can be used to manipulate and indoctrinate.’
This is a print printers proof of a limited edition of six, signed and numbered by the artist.
Medium: Print Printers Proof
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 6
Size (cm): 96.52 x 129.54
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About the artist
Obey (aka Shepard Fairey) is a contemporary American street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator, and founder of OBEY Clothing, an iconic label in the skateboarding scene.
In 1989, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Fairey rose to fame for his ‘Andre the Giant Has a Posse’ sticker campaign. During the 2008 US presidential election, Fairey created the Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster: an iconic image that would go on to become a symbol for a generation.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston has described Fairey as one of the most influential street artists of his time. His work is included in collections at The Smithsonian; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.