Obey the Giant

By Filip Terlecki

Do you remember this image?

Or these?

What about this one?

It’s the work of legendary L.A based graphic designer and street artist Shepard Fairey.

Fairey rose to prominence after he created a series of images supporting Barack Obama’s candidacy. One of them was the iconic “Hope” poster.

The Obama team did not commission the posters but nevertheless the image became one of the most widely recognized symbols of the future President’s campaign. The New York Times even called the image “the most efficacious American political illustration since ‘Uncle Sam Wants You'”.

For his effort, Fairey received a letter of thanks from Obama. It said the following:

“I would like to thank you for using your talent in support of my campaign. The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can change the status-quo. Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign. I am privileged to be a part of your artwork and proud to have your support. I wish you continued success and creativity.” Barack Obama.

But how did this all start? Who is Shepard Fairey and how did he begin as an artist?

Well, the film Obey the Giant: The Early Life of Shepard Fairey shows how Fairey first became known as an artist for mocking politicians and not supporting them.

Directed by Julian Marshall the film is currently looking for funds on Kickstarter to complete post-production. Have a look at the trailer. And if you like what you see consider making a contribution.

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