As an art student, Shepard Fairey was obsessed with skateboard culture. It is perhaps this which led him to utilize his graphic design training in street art, his early small-scale sticker works quickly developing into the monumental and often political street pieces for which he is now world famous. It was his iconic portrait of Barack Obama which catapulted him into the stratosphere, with the work eventually ending up in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Fairey was one of the first Urban artists to make the leap into museum shows and collections, with his work now held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In the process he has paved the way for those who have followed, firmly establishing Urban Art as a creative force to be reckoned with.
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