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Dennis Morris | Bob Marley opening at Known Gallery

This Saturday, March 29 check out the Dennis Morris | Bob Marley opening at Known Gallery.  I created a Bob Marley print for this show that will be for sale there with only a limited number to be released on our website on Tuesday.  The Bob Marley print is an edition of 450.  Hope to see you there!

“I bought Bob Marley’s Rastaman Vibrations shortly after I started skateboarding in 1984, purely because the only good skateboard ramp where I lived was called “The Rasta Ramp.” I had mostly been listening to punk rock, but I was excited to discover reggae, which even more boldly embodied many of the same elements of social protest as punk but in a way that was much more palatable to my parents. I think my parents bought me Bob Marley and the Wailers records for every Christmas or birthday until I had accumulated their entire catalog; my very conservative grandmother even bought me a Bob Marley shirt from Jamaica. I leaned more towards punk, but some punk bands, most notably Bad Brains, embraced both punk and reggae. Bob Marley’s music always cheered me up during my high-school years of personal struggle. I’m always inspired by how steadfast and positive Bob was.” (quote from Shepard’s 20th Year Supply & Demand)

-Shepard

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Writers Bloc Presents Bob Mankoff with Shepard Fairey

I’m excited to join Bob Mankoff, renowned cartoon editor at The New Yorker, to speak at the Writers Bloc Presents event at The Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown LA on April 29.  We’ll be having a conversation about public art, political cartoons, and whatever else we feel like talking about.  If you’re in LA it would be cool to see you there!

Check out more information about tickets here - http://writersblocpresents.com/main/bobmankoffshepardfairey/

-Shepard

 

Library Foundation of Los Angeles 6th Annual Toast Recap

My wife Amanda and I believe in the value of libraries to provide resources for the public, especially those who can’t afford decent computers or an extensive book collection. When I was younger, I did most of my research for art and design at the library. The LA Public Library system also has great tutoring and summer reading programs that are free to the public, and a needed supplement to our underfunded school system. We have worked with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to raise money for their programs for the last 3 years. This year’s event was a blast with a great group of people. Check it out.

-Shepard

http://laist.com/2014/03/25/librarians_with_libations_young_lit.php#photo-6

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Blériot / Don’t Panic Interview

My friend Blériot, who I met while doing my Sound & Vision show, was just interviewed by Don’t Panic! My first project in London, when I went there for the first time in 1999, was a poster design for Don’t Panic! I’m glad to see they are still keen to give young artists exposure. Check it out. http://dontpaniconline.com/magazine/arts/artist-spotlight-blriot­

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BNE x OBEY Charity:Water T-Shirt Update

For everyone who supported and purchased the t-shirt I designed in collaboration with BNE for charity:water, please know that the shirts are being produced and delivered in the coming weeks.

I know firsthand that the charity endeavor is legitimate and that you will all get your Obey Water T-shirts. Beyond that, I will let BNE speak for himself.

Please continue to support and raise awareness of World Water Day and the message behind this project!
-Shepard

World Water Day x BNE.org

Tomorrow is World Water Day.  Visit BNE.org at 12Noon PST to help solve a crisis that kills more people than all forms of violence, including war. Among other things, the orginal illustration from the “Water Crisis” print that BNE and I did for charity: water will be for sale. I did the illustration based on a photo that BNE shot in Indonesia. For anyone who does not know, I cut my illustrations out of a material called Rubylith with an X-acto knife. Rubylith is a dark orange gelatin on an acetate backing used for screen-printing. In this case the Rubylith is mounted on collage. The art is 10.5 X 23 inches.. Support this cause!
-Shepard

Water Changes Everything. from charity: water on Vimeo.

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Honor The Treaties | JUSTICE & PROTECTION Mural

My friend Jaque Fragua and his friend Tom Grey Eyes just finished a great mural for native women’s rights. The mural is part of the HonorTheTreaties project that I have been supporting personally and through the Obey Awareness Program. Check out www.honorthetreaties.org to learn more and support!
-Shepard

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SHEPARD FAIREY X CHINESE ARTIST AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AI WEIWEI

I admire Ai Weiwei for his art and his activism. His art is beautiful in form, and in function embodies the principles of populism and social consciousness I aspire to in my own practice. This poster is a tribute to Ai Weiwei’s art, his courage to be outspoken, and in support of his ongoing political struggle with the Chinese government. I hope the image will help raise awareness and advance dialogue that might lead to permission for Ai Weiwei to travel freely and continue to express himself.   – Shepard

Check out more about the support of Ai Weiwei in collaboration with Friends of Ai Weiwei in this recent article from the Los Angeles Times.

The Ai Weiwei print will be available as a limited edition of 375; the artist is donating 100 posters to the Brooklyn Museum, which will present an Ai Weiwei retrospective exhibition, “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” from April 18 through August 10, 2014. Thanks to Pace Prints for their support.

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Dennis Morris | Bob Marley: Giant

My friend, photographer Dennis Morris, with whom I collaborated on the SID show, has a show of his amazing Bob Marley photos coming up March 29 at the Known Gallery.  Dennis invited me to collaborate on a Marley image as part of the show and I’m very happy with how it turned out. I did a painting and there will be an 18×24 screen print signed by both of us available at the gallery. If you are in the LA area, check it out!

-Shepard

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A talk with Moby and Shepard Fairey at Project Gallery

Moby and I have become friends over the last few years and I was honored that he invited me to join in him in a discussion about art and music at the Project Gallery where his “Innocents” photography is showcased. Our mutual friend, writer Shana Nys Dambrot moderated our discussion and asked great questions about the cross-pollination of art and music, inspiration, punk,  process, etc… Check out Moby’s show before it closes if you are in LA.  -Shepard

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