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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Welcome Visitors

Shepard Fairey (Obey) Welcome Visitors, 2017

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Description
  • Offered by the gallery

    CORPS ET AME GALLERY
    NÎMES - France

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Print : digigraphy

  • Themes

    Street art, Political and historical

  • Support

    Print on fine art paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 450 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    24 x 35.8 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Collector’s Guide

  • About the artwork

    Diptych: "Welcome Visitors."
    Original Digigraphie by Shepard Fairey dated 2017, signed and numbered 324/450 by Shepard Fairey.
    Perfect state.
    Double signature and double numbering by hand by Shepard Fairey on each element of the diptych.

    The “Welcome Visitor” diptych is an exploration of the contradictions between America’s tourism industry and it’s immigration policies; the uncomfortable collision of economic opportunism and xenophobia. We’ve probably all seen the Schoolhouse Rock! about Ellis Island and “The Great American Melting Pot,” but we’re now witnessing the fear surrounding the scapegoating of Latinos and Muslims. In “Welcome Visitor,” I highlight the immigration ban and internment of Japanese people including Japanese-American citizens during World War II when the Japanese were seen as the enemy. I hope that the level of relative comfort most people feel towards Japanese people presently puts in perspective the irrational and disproportionate fear of Muslims and Latinos that is going on now. I understand that immigration is a complex issue, but a basic belief in the humanity and dignity of all people is not that complicated and should be what is paramount in deciding our policies around both immigration and tourism.

    The fear around immigration is not based on fact. Crime rates are lower for immigrants than they are for native-born citizens.

    – Shepard

    • Tags
    • street art

    • portrait

    • political and historical

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Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Born in: 1970

United States

Famous artist

Shepard Fairey alias Obey was born in 1970 in Charleston, US.

He gets to know the universe of graphic design very early, at age 14, when he draws images to be printed on t-shirts and skateboards. He is influenced by the work of artists such as Andy Warhol or Russian artist Alexander Rodtchenko.

In the late 1980s, Obey and a group of friends from the Rhode Island School of Design create a series of stickers and posters with the figure of wrestler Andre the Giant and stick thousands of them on the walls of American cities. Andre the Giant Has a Posse is one of the first and most important "viral" Street Art campaigns, showing the ability and force of this new illegal means of expression.

His work became world famous during the U.S. presidential campaign in 2008, with the creation of the poster HOPE of Barack Obama that became an icon of the campaign. The Institute of contemporary art in Boston considered Obey as one of the best and most influential street artists of our time.

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