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PLEDGE TO THE SCHOOLHAUS KICKSTARTER PROJECT TODAY!

I’ve known Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus for many years and really respect what he does with his shop.  Dan has teamed up with fellow Minneapolis-based comic/artist/publisher/musician Zak Sally on the “Schoolhaus” project.  Schoolhaus is exactly the type of immersive learning experience that can open up creatives to a whole new world and the A4 program Dan and Zak are trying to fund is something I support and you should too.  The Kickstarter campaign has 32 hours to go and any pledge at any amount will help them reach their goal of $8,000.  Check it out and put your money against something that will cultivate creativity – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2049768676/schoolhaus-a4
– Shepard

 

ERNESTO YERENA NEW PRINT RELEASE

My good friend and co-worker Ernesto Yerena has two new prints available on his website. Ernesto is a very passionate artist who explores his identity as part of the Chicano and Native communities and his art reflects that. Check it out on his site at hechoconganas.com.

-Shepard

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CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA AT ART ALLIANCE CHICAGO IN JULY

Camille Rose Garcia grew up in Southern California and took in a steady diet of punk rock and Disneyland. Her art reflects the dichotomy of those surroundings, mixing fairy tale cartoons with dark and creepy twists throughout. If you’re in Chicago for Lollapalooza this July, come see Camille Rose Garcia’s work at Art Alliance: The Provocateurs.

– Shepard

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SHEPARD DESIGNED “THE IDEAS ISSUE” COVER FOR THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE THIS MONTH!

If you are cruising through the grocery store or passing by a newsstand, check out this month’s issue of The Atlantic.  The Atlantic’s July/August issue is the annual “Ideas Issue” which features three different covers, one of which is an illustration I did of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.  I did this illustration special for the magazine to coincide with the story that explores the creative tension between Paul McCartney and John Lennon and their dynamics.  The two other covers show artwork by Geoff McFetridge and Eddie Opara.  I’m excited how this turned out and appreciate The Atlantic for thinking of me, especially because I’m a huge Beatles fan!

-Shepard

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RIP SHOGO KUBO

My friend Glen E. Friedman let me know that seminal Dogtown skater Shogo Kubo passed away while paddle boarding in Hawaii a couple days ago. Shogo was a style pioneer and big influence on one of my early skate heroes, Christian Hosoi.   R.I.P. Shogo.

-Shepard

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Art Alliance Presents The Provocateurs | Keith Haring

Though Keith Haring died only two years after I started making street art, his art and practice had already made a profound impact on me. At art college and on the streets of NYC in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Keith’s radiant baby and other images could be seen on the tees of all the flyest hipsters. Keith Haring was a prolific artist with a distinct style of drawing and painting that was simultaneously refined, but primitive, deliberate but lyrical and energetic. Haring believed “the public has a right to art” and this philosophy informed his populist approach to spreading his art and messages. He pursued his art with a deeply personal vision, but also as a champion of social justice and a belief in the interconnectedness of humanity. Haring demonstrated the power of art on the streets, but he also put his art on t-shirts and record covers. He even opened a retail space in NYC called The Pop Shop. Eventually Haring’s artwork became widely respected, displayed, and sold as “fine art”. Haring rose from the 80’s NYC graffiti scene to not only affect the art world, but to dramatically impact pop culture. Inspired by Keith Haring’s achievements, I pursued my art career with the optimism that my goals could be attained.

-Shepard Fairey

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Complex.com includes Shepard as one of 2014’s most important visual artists

Wow!  Complex.com came out with a list of the most important visual artists of 2014 and included me at the number 8 spot.  To be included on a list with such respected artists like Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Banksy, Swoon, JR, Maya Hayuk, Kara Walker, and more, is a huge honor. This year has been very busy for me but also incredibly gratifying.  As Complex mentions in their story, I had a significant homecoming show alongside Jasper Johns in Charleston this past May at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.  Also, earlier this year I created a portrait of Ai Weiwei as a tribute to his courage and to support his ongoing political struggle with the Chinese government.  I’m excited to be working with Swoon and Maya Hayuk for the upcoming Art Alliance: The Provocateurs show in Chicago this July, so it’s cool to see them represented here as well.  I have more projects on the horizon in 2014 and I’m so thankful for the shoutout from Complex!  Thanks for caring and thanks for supporting me.

– Shepard

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CLEON PETERSON // THE LIGHT BEARER (GOLD) PRINT, ON SALE TOMORROW!

Cleon Peterson has been on fire lately! It’s awesome to have worked with him for so many years, and as his friend to see what he’s accomplished lately is really inspiring.  Cleon’s latest print, The Light Bearer (Gold) comes out tomorrow, Thursday, June 26 at 10am PST.  If you want this one, you should act fast! You can buy it here http://cleonpeterson.bigcartel.com
-Shepard

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Dave Chappelle Print

I was honored to be asked to do the illustration for Dave Chappelle’s return to New York City, which was used on the t-shirts that he gave his fans at Radio City Music Hall.  Dave Chappelle is one of comedy’s greats and I’ve always thought that he is hilarious, but also fiercely intelligent in his subversive critique of social and political structures. Chappelle plays by his own rules and I respect that.  If you’re like me and weren’t one of the lucky ones that got to see him perform at Radio City Music Hall this past week, pick up the print that I’m releasing on Wednesday. Hopefully I’ll get to see Chappelle perform live one of these days.

-Shepard

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Jim Houser | Message Bearer

JimHouser and I have been friends for many years, in fact, in the mid ‘90s he worked for me cutting stickers. I’m a big fan of his art. His work captures a specific whimsy and its aesthetic has quintessentially become his signature. Jim is a great artist who continues to produce thoughtful and accessible work and I’m excited that he is participating at Art Alliance Chicago July 31- Aug 4. Get your advance discounted tix here: http://www.artalliance.com/exhibit/ Only $10!

-Shepard

 

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