Shepard Fairey is an American artist, screen, mural and illustrator. Influenced by Andy Warhol's works, he naturally turned to artistic studies.
He first became known thanks to the "Andre the giant has a posse" stickers for the Obey Giant campaign.
Then, his HOPE poster, in 2009 during Barack Obama's campaign, propelled him towards fame. He thus became one of the best and most influential artists in the world of Street Art.
Fairy Shepard works with silkscreen printing and uses patterned stencils to add a final touch to his posters.
All the techniques I use in my art are things a 17-year-old can understand
Shepard uses a rather limited colour palette: blue, black, creamy white and red from Montana paint. Initially, these colours were mainly used to reduce printing costs. Today, they are part of his signature. The artist also made this choice in order to be able to print on large formats and on the outside.
Shepard uses a computer to finalise his graphics. For all that, he enjoys experimenting with masking strips or stencilling to give relief to his creations.
Using metal or hand-painted wood, Shepard and his team print, color by color, silkscreens sometimes very complex with rather rudimentary means.
The artist likes particulary creamy white hue, so his 45 x 60 cm posters are always print on the same recycled paper: The French paper Speckletone cream.