Shepard Fairey, contemporary graphic designers and illustrator, has been known for his decals and posters, most iconically his “Obey” design as well as the “Hope” poster for the 2008 Obama campaign. In order to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts, which is located in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Shepard Fairey has worked together with city officials to host a new joint exhibit at the institute! Titled ‘The Insistent Image: Recurring Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns’, the exhibit will open this Thursday, May 22nd, and will remain open to the public until July 12th.


The exhibit, which has no fee for entry, will be the artist’s first exhibition at his hometown, and Fairey is celebrating in a big way. To help commemorate the occasion, Fairey has worked together with city officials to paint four large-scale murals across town. These murals, which are part of Fairey’s new ‘Power and Glory’ series of works, cover four different parts of downtown Charleston, including locations on King Street, Calhoun Street, and atop the Francis Marion Hotel.


Shepard Fairey, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, is an American contemporary graphic designer and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene, where he designing skateboard decals and T-shirt designs. His art, which often incorporate imagery from social movements, is created with a single message in mind: “question everything”. His works, such as the “Obey Giant” sticker campaign and the “Hope” poster, garner worldwide popularity and are displayed in a number of museums across the world. Together with his wife, he has also founded the Studio Number One design agency, which has provided album covers for many bands, including Black Eyed Peas, Smashing Pumpkins, and Led Zeppelin.


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