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The Man Behind that Famous Obama Poster

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I am sure that you have seen this picture…

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But, have you ever seen this man?

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He is the maker of that new U.S.A.’s president poster. He is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He garnered counter culture acclaim in the 90’s because of his propaganda campaign that he made for Obey Giant Clothing. He’s also the founder for that clothing company. His name is Shephard Fairey.

No, I won’t make a short biography about that man. I just want to talk about his art by showing you his works, which are completely over shadowed by his Obama campaign.

Without more talking, I present the works of the man behind that famous Obama poster (in 3 categories)…

1. Politics

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2. World Icons

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3. Musicians

blacksabbathnouveauorggiantrocknrollswindlehenryrollinsjohnozzygetupkids

Pretty cool, huh?

Oh by the way, like many great artists before him, Shephard Fairey is also accused of being a plagiator. Here are some of the example…

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Quite similar, of course. In fact, it is very similar. The similarity of those arts decrease my fondness towards him. Maybe he did that because he agrees with what a famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali has to said. Dali said, “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Well, aside from the similarity of the arts above, I really love the way he plays with colors and logos.

Cheers!

Written by Reno Nismara

November 17, 2008 at 7:50 am

Posted in Opinions

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