Facing the Giant
Three decades of
dissent—and art
—with Shepard Fairey

Facing the Giant
Three decades of
dissent—and art
—with Shepard Fairey

Facing the Giant
Three decades of dissent—and art —with Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey with spray can

With his storied background in guerilla street art, Shepard Fairey knows art is the way to speak his mind. 30 years later, the exhibit Facing the Giant references Fairey’s early Obey Giant work, but more enduringly, the giant issues and forces he still confronts through his art.

With his storied background in guerilla street art, Shepard Fairey knows art is the way to speak his mind. 30 years later, the exhibit Facing the Giant references Fairey’s early Obey Giant work, but more enduringly, the giant issues and forces he still confronts through his art.

With his storied background in guerilla street art, Shepard Fairey knows art is the way to speak his mind. 30 years later, the exhibit Facing the Giant references Fairey’s early Obey Giant work, but more enduringly, the giant issues and forces he still confronts through his art.

Shepard Fairey creating wall mural
Fairey on top of scaffolding for wall mural

Always between parody and protest, his work is a constant reaction to what’s happening in the world, with rips and layers that express the accumulation of experiences that shape us and our decisions.

Always between parody and protest, his work is a constant reaction to what’s happening in the world, with rips and layers that express the accumulation of experiences that shape us and our decisions.

Always between parody and protest, his work is a constant reaction to what’s happening in the world, with rips and layers that express the accumulation of experiences that shape us and our decisions.

THE SPRAY CAN IS A SIMPLE TOOL OF REVOLUTION. YOU CAN MAKE A SERIOUS MARK ON THE WALL—OR THE WORLD.

THE SPRAY CAN IS A SIMPLE TOOL OF REVOLUTION. YOU CAN MAKE A SERIOUS MARK ON THE WALL—OR THE WORLD.

THE SPRAY CAN IS A SIMPLE TOOL OF REVOLUTION. YOU CAN MAKE A SERIOUS MARK ON THE WALL—OR THE WORLD.

finished female mural

For the exhibit, Beats didn’t just provide the Beats Residency space in Shoreditch (London), but also its exterior wall for Fairey to create Raise the Level—a mural that celebrates the crucial influence music has always had in this work.

For the exhibit, Beats didn’t just provide the Beats Residency space in Shoreditch (London), but also its exterior wall for Fairey to create Raise the Level—a mural that celebrates the crucial influence music has always had in this work.

For the exhibit, Beats didn’t just provide the Beats Residency space in Shoreditch (London), but also its exterior wall for Fairey to create Raise the Level—a mural that celebrates the crucial influence music has always had in this work.

inside an art gallery wearing Beats headphones
Beats headphones and speaker with custom art

MUSIC IS SO WOVEN INTO MY LIFE, IT’S AN INSPIRATION IN MY ART AND MY EXISTENCE.

MUSIC IS SO WOVEN INTO MY LIFE, IT’S AN INSPIRATION IN MY ART AND MY EXISTENCE.

MUSIC IS SO WOVEN INTO MY LIFE, IT’S AN INSPIRATION IN MY ART AND MY EXISTENCE.

Shepard Fairey finished mural on side of building