Operation Oil Freedom
This piece is one of many artworks produced by Shepard Fairey that emulates Soviet Propaganda in order to illustrate American excess. The piece draws attention to the oil industry and the unrelenting power of those who control it.
Wherever Fairey adopts this Soviet-style, he is imploring us to consider the consequences of blind obedience. He explains: ‘Manipulation and control may take subtler forms in the US, but that doesn’t make it less nefarious than the deception that was happening in Russia. I’ve tried to highlight that by depicting American themes in Soviet-style.’
The piece also depicts common motifs seen across his oeuvre, including stars, skulls, and the image that kick-started his career - André the Giant.
This silkscreen print is from a limited edition of 12, signed by the artist.
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 12
Size (cm): 100 x 76
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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.