The present lot describes Fairey’s typical graphic and street-art inspired aesthetic, as well as his politically charged topics in his characteristic use of red and black. By recontextualizing a 1968 Chinese cultural revolution poster, Fairey pays homage to the Communist agitprop imagery prominent throughout his oeuvre. Containing Fairey’s ‘Obey’ emblem in the lower left corner, which has become his iconic signifier, “Guns N Roses” exemplifies the artist’s tranquil message of peace and equality seen throughout his street art.

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Shepard Fairey (American, b. 1970) is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene of Southern California. His work became more widely known during the 2008 US presidential election season thanks to his hugely popular “HOPE” poster, produced in support of Barack Obama. Fairey’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions worldwide, including the Smithsonian, Washington, DC, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others, with recent solo exhibitions at Positive-Propaganda Artspace, Munich, and Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York.

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Guns N' Roses, 2007
Lot Number 4
Offset lithograph in colors
36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)
Edition of 750
Signed and numbered on verso

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Guns N' Roses
  • Dimensions
    36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)