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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Yes, I Have Better Things To Do Than To Posterize


But hey!  It was fun!  And that's what artist's do - have fun, right?  Who cares if I have about 10 loads of laundry to get done, or dishes to clean, or carpet to vacuum, or paintings to work on.  I was inspired by the original artist of the Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey.


Have you seen his other work?  Or heard about him?  I love his work because he reminds me of Peter Maxx, and I love Peter Maxx.

Obey-thumb Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator, having emerged from the skateboarding and street art scene - who would have guessed.  He first became known for his "Andre' the Giant Has a Posse" (...OBEY...) sticker campaign, in which he appropriated images from the comedic supermarket tabloid the Weekly World News.  

His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, when he created the campaign poster "HOPE" for Barack Obama.  The Institute of Contemporary Art (where he is pictured above) calls him one of today's best known and most influential street artists.

Shepard Fairey's work is included in the esteemed collections at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Musem of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  

So there you have it.  I may not have been posterized by Shepard Fairey, but I had fun creating my own personal version of his famous poster.

Want to posterize yourself?  Go HERE and have fun!





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