Works by ‘Obey’ artist Shepard Fairey on view in Greenwich

The street artist behind the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster and the ubiquitous “Obey” campaign will have his work exhibited in Greenwich beginning Thursday.

“Shepard Fairey: OBEY” opens at the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. Wine will be served.

Although Fairey will not be in attendance, viewers can have their fill of more than 50 pieces of the artist’s work, including rare hand-painted multiples, screen-prints on wood, screens on metal and skateboards. Popular Fairey icons such as the “Obey Eye” (an image inspired by pro wrestling legend Andre The Giant) will be on display.

It is rare that a street art exhibition, especially one of this magnitutde, pops up in suburban Fairfield County. Even if you don’t fancy yourself an art lover, it’s worth a peek at these bold, graphic images.

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Shepard Fairey has been described by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston as “one of the most influential street artists of our time,” and has also been called the Andy Warhol of Generation X. It’s been almost 20 years since Fairey, a restless skate punk from South Carolina, began slathering walls, newspaper boxes, and street signs with his stickers, stencils, and posters of pro-wrestler Andre The Giant as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He’s since moved on to big-budget ad campaigns and is probably most well known for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster that reached icon status during the 2008 presidential election. At only 43 years old, Fairey’s work is already in the collections of The Smithsonian, The National Portrait Gallery, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, amongst many others.


Scott Gargan