Shepard Fairey is an American road artist, illustrator and skateboard enthusiast with a net worth of $15 million. Fairey made decals of the picture in the late ’80s, as well as the scrawl “Andre the Giant has a posse,” as well as the picture went viral, propagating throughout urban America on street signs, billboards and walls. Fairey later accommodated the picture and added the word “OBEY.” Combining leftwing politics with “appropriated” pictures and daring graphic design, Fairey now works as an artist and advertising designer, having a gallery in LA and business ventures which dabble in publishing, fashion and urban sports (skateboarding).
Shepard Fairey Net Worth $15 Million Dollars
Assistants call what he does appropriation art, but detractors call it plagiarism and Fairey’s success was tainted with legal and artistic disagreement about who owns what when it involves pictures in people. With permission in the staff of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Fairey started broadcasting the “HOPE” picture in January of 2008. Around the exact same time the Associated Press declared Fairey’s poster was based on a 2006 picture shot by the AP’s Manny Garcia and they need to get credit and settlement. Fairey filed a preemptive suit from the AP, claiming he did not owe the picture. (2007) and his work was recorded in the publication Supply and Demand.
February 15, 1970
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Graphic Designer, Artist, Designer, Contemporary artist, Illustrator, Visual Artist
Rhode Island School of Design, Porter-Gaud School, Idyllwild Arts Foundation, Wando High School