In my continued effort to post interesting pieces by people who inspire me I wanted to share this interview with Shepard Fairey that publishers Gestalten has just released. It covers some of the basic stuff like what inspires him, but it also touches upon the recently cleared up lawsuit with the Associated Press over his use of a photo of Obama. His point is that he re-appropriated the image and made his own, something that artists like Warhol and Rauschenberg made their careers around doing similar work.
I feel like Shepard Fairey is kind of a polarizing artist, you might love him or hate him. For me personally he was a huge inspiration and really started me out on my path into art and design. To me he’s extremely talented and has a very pure vision of what he wants to create, and his creations know no bounds. That might mean clothing or art prints, of which I own both, but it seems like he’s pretty happy doing what he’s doing, and isn’t that the point?