Iconic American Artist Shepard Fairey has landed in Sydney!For the first time in 14 years, Shepard has returned to Australia to headline the Game-Changer...

Game-Changer: Shepard Fairey


483 George Street
2000 NSW

Sydney Town Hall


Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, S.C.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. While there he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape.  His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama, found at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.


Fairey’s 25-plus-year career started in 1989 with his sticker campaign. In addition to his guerrilla street art presence, the artist has executed more than 50 large-scale painted public murals around the world as of 2015.  His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.


Last September, Fairey opened “On Our Hands” with the Jacob Lewis Gallery, his first solo painting show in New York since 2010.  The exhibition was the gallery’s inaugural exhibition of the artist’s work as his representing gallery in New York.  The show coincided with the artist's most recent monograph release, Covert to Overt (Rizzoli).


In summer 2016 Fairey collaborated with legendary photographer Jim Marshall’s estate on “American Civics,” a series of new works interpreting the iconic photography of Marshall and vividly depicting the humanity behind some of our country’s enduring social justice issues.


Also opening on June 24 at Galerie Itinerrance in Paris is “Earth Crisis,” the artist’s solo show featuring new original works. This exhibition is an extension of his groundbreaking Earth Crisis Globe installation at the Eiffel Tower, which was up following the November 13, 2015, Paris Attacks and through December of 2015. “Earth Crisis”

is Fairey’s latest environmentally-themed art created as a call to action to protect our planet.


Most recently the artist completed a career survey museum show in Hong Kong at the HOCA Foundation entitled “Visual Disobedience” which consisted of 290 art pieces, as well as three painted murals, and a collaboration with streetwear brand Fingercroxx.


For more information, visit www.OBEYGIANT.com

Monique Schafter

Monique Schafter is a Walkley Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who reports for the ABC’s nightly flagship current affairs program, 7.30.

She has interviewed icons such as Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot and rock legend Iggy Pop, and has sought out the voices of young asylum seekers, LGBTI warriors, domestic violence survivors, indigenous trailblazers, and an assortment of artists, troublemakers and folks on the fringe.

Previously, Monique co-hosted the ABC’s ground-breaking current affairs / comedy program Hungry Beast, produced by Andrew Denton.

Event Details

Iconic American Artist Shepard Fairey has landed in Sydney!

For the first time in 14 years, Shepard has returned to Australia to headline the Game-Changer Talk Series this Saturday 17 June at Sydney Town Hall at 7pm.

At the Game-Changer talk on Saturday, Shepard will be joined by host, Monique Schafter, sharing his insights into his childhood, his influences including music, skateboarding and movies. He will reveal his work ethos and his do-it-yourself approach and how this drives his approach to printing in a digital age. Learn how he has crafted a successful career, whilst providing a voice for activism through is art and how he’s become an authentic voice about street culture.

Beyond his guerrilla street art presence, Shepard Fairey has completed over 70 large-scale public murals around the world and his works are held in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many others. He is also recognised for his large-scale murals, in exhibitions and with a fine art crowd. He is most known for the OBEY GIANT art project, the Barack Obama HOPE campaign, and this year’s ubiquitous ‘We The People’ initiative.

Shepard is currently including his artwork that’s being revealed on his largest mural wall to date - at 309 George Street, Sydney. You can see Shepard and the OBEY crew live-painting the wall every day this week between 10am-5pm. His work will also be on display at “Revolutions” in Darling Quarter (free).

This event is presented in collaboration with T-world and aMBUSH Gallery, and is exclusive to Vivid Sydney 2017.


When: 17 June
Where: Sydney Town Hall
Shepard Fairey and the OBEY crew can be seen live-painting his largest public art murals in the Sydney CBD. Come and see this exclusive Vivid Sydney artwork come to life.
When: 12–17 June, 10am-5pm
Where: 309 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Shepard Fairey will exhibit a selection of his music themed works that showcase his revolutionary visual language and passion for the culture of music. Open every day of the festival, entry is FREE.
When: 26 May–17 June
Where: Darling Quarter




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