Known for his campaign poster of Barrack Obama’s, “Hope,” Shepard Fairey is a contemporary street artist. Born on February 15, 1970, Fairey is also a well accomplished graphic designer as well as an activist and illustrator. He has also attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Fairey is famous for his artworks, and they are usually located in places where there is high traffic. He is well known for using his art sense to discuss political issues and problems in society through murals and other more smaller pieces of art.
Politics and Social Causes at The Core
Shepard Fairey is well known for his ability to create artworks that represent the problems in our society. An example is the “We The People” collection. This series of artworks focus on the Women’s March that took place in 2017. These pieces of art are dedicated to all those who felt attacked by the recently elected President Donald Trump. This massive figurehead in American politics, is well known for his dislike of other races, leading to the choice of portraits. The portraits used in this collection consisted of women from different backgrounds, including African American, Muslim, Latina, and Mexican. Though Shepard Fairey has created a variety of artworks before today, one of the most recent ones includes a giant new mural that speaks of women empowerment throughout New York. Though the painting was a recent addition to Fairey’s collection, many aspects were displayed in the mural’s contents. The mural itself focused on a retro-style portrait of Rosario Dawson.
The Collaboration With Dawson
Rosario Dawson is well known to be an activist and actress all in one, making her the perfect face for women empowerment. Dawson grew up in the lower east side and was the main focus of the mural, alongside other aspects of the artwork itself. The artwork itself, however, was titled “Power and Equality,” which speaks of women’s empowerment and sends a potent message of social justice. Fairey, during an interview, spoke of his respect towards Dawson. He believed that her commitment to activism and social justice simultaneously was proof of her dedication. The artwork itself was painted onto the former Germania Bank Building. A location in which that Fairey at a younger age came to regularly, in order illegally graffiti. Many types of art were created in this location, each from a different generation of artists. The Germania Bank Building, once upon a time, was the home for artist Jay Maisel for nearly fifty years. Unfortunately, due to the lack of use, many others who were new York street artists banded together to tag and spray paint the building’s surface, and one of these street artists was Shepard Fairey himself who used to visit the site when he made constant trips to the city for attending the School of Design in Rhode Island. According to artist Shepard Fairey and the fashion and art collective agency he worked with to create the mural, “Power and Equality” is expected to remain on view for a whopping six years, allowing touring as well as visitation to the site itself.