Shepard Fairey goes big on Paris’ Left Bank

Shepard Fairey Street Art Paris mural by Galerie Itinerrance & Marie du 13e. Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith IMG_7158-2

Shepard Fairey (pictured above) is currently putting up a huge mural in the south of Paris. Street Art Paris has met with the artist, businessman and campaigner.

He is in town to launch a street-art-inspired clothing range at Levis’ at its new flagship store on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and is collaborating with artist-turned entrepreneur, André, known for his illegally and prolifically painted character, Monsieur A., usually painted in pink which was once a staple on Paris walls and rooftops.

Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian SmithEarly work by Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is known as the brains behind the Obey Giant and Barack Obama Hope Poster campaigns. Shepard Fairey’s career began in 1989 as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He launched the “Andre the Giant ” sticker campaign (pictured above) that featured an original image of the wrestler of the same name which Fairey had found in a newspaper. The response was so enthusiastic that Fairey morphed the image into a global street art campaign, and more recently, the symbolic prop of the Obey clothing company. Maintaining an active presence in public spaces, despite his inroads to countless galleries and museums, Fairey loves the passion and excitement of the streets that, he maintains, can never be replicated by an indoor setting. This is not the first time that he has visited Paris, check out this old school piece (date unknown!).

The Wall:
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith

**UPDATE ** 18/06/12

The wall as it looks finished:
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian SmithShephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith
Shephard Fairey aka Obey Giant Paris Street Art Photo: copyright 2012 Demian Smith