Shepard Fairey


Currently on view at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City is “E Pluribus Venom,” a solo exhibition featuring new works by California-based artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey, who is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Art and Design, gained much notoriety even before attending school for his iconic renderings and street campaigns of former wrestler Andre the Giant. The title “E Pluribus Venom” translates as “out of many poisons” and is derived from “e pluribus unum,” or “out of many, one,” which was used as an early motto by the U.S. government on coins and dollar bills. Fairey’s works investigate symbols that are associated with the ideologies of the American Dream. The artist organizes his imagery through a graphic language, employing the ideas of propaganda, advertising and anarchy. Fairey was born in Charleston, S.C., and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Fairey has grown a design empire that reaches into the markets of clothing, skateboards, publications, corporate icons, stickers, stencils and posters. In 2005, the artist co-founded Swindle Magazine, and, in 2006, he released his latest book, “Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey,” and was a resident artist at the Honolulu Contemporary Art Museum. Fairey’s works have been exhibited internationally in numerous museums, including the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in New Castle, UK, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.