artrepublic is really pleased to have two new prints from an amazing collaboration between two of urban art’s greatest heroes; the hugely influential Shephard Fairey and one of the originators of punk art Jamie Reid.
Shephard Fairey is most well known for the creation of Obey Giant, featuring a graphic representation of the wrestler Andre the Giant, and more recently for working on the Obama campaign in 2008. Often rebellious but highly motivated he is one of the most influential and prolific street artists around. Jamie Reid, a controversial figure in the art world, pushes the boundaries of taste and is best known for his involvement in the punk rock movement of the 1970s creating the iconic artwork for the Sex Pistols’ album cover for “Anarchy in the UK”.
These two new phenomenal prints “Bright Future” and “Shoplifters Welcome” have been released following the recent ” Ragged Kingdom” exhibition. It was Jamie Reid’s first solo show in LA at Shephard Fairey’s gallery Subliminal Projects and is a result of various parallels in their interests, talents, and inspirations. In their own individual styles, both artists are renowned for making a statement through art and often with a strong political element.
“Jamie has been one of my biggest influences and I’m honoured that we worked on some collaborative images for the show. The new images deal with mutual interests of Jamie and I, addressing the timeless problems of corruption and wealth inequality, but tie into the very current themes of Occupy Wall Street and the dead end of fossil fuel consumption.” - Shepard Fairey.
Jamie Reid has created stylised images with a Punk aesthetic in strong reference to the Occupy London, Occupy Wall Street and anti-oil power movement. Bright Future is 76x76 cm and comes in 2 colourways Pink/Orange and Red/Black featuring a pair of classic cars with “empire” and “nowhere” on their number plates, and with one of the cars engulfed in flames. The slogan “Burn Cars Not Petrol” in Reid’s familiar cut and paste style clearly refers to the artist’s disapproval of the oil industry and current environmental crisis. Reid is well known for exposing and protesting against modern society’s social and cultural injustices.
Shoplifters Welcome also comes in 2 colourways Red/Black/Cream and Pink/Black/Cream 66.5 x 87.5 cm. The image comprises a disembodied hand that is inserting a ballot of “No Regulation” into a Wall Street labelled brief case. The political connotation that surrounds the image is affirmed by the print above it that appears as “Special offer” advertisement welcoming shoplifters in “This decade only”: an effective comment on the current state of the banking industry and the lack of regulation.
The prints are for sale at a very reasonable £840 and are only in editions of 50 so no doubt will have a lot of interest. The silkscreens have been handprinted and dual signed by Jamie Reid and Shephard Fairey