Shepard Fairey is an American graphic artist and social activist. His art is distinctly political, and Fairey frequently supports social causes and opposes corporate influence. He also profits off his most popular anti-corporate pieces, which angers some of his contemporaries.
Fairey is best known as the creator of the "HOPE" portrait which he made supporting Barack Obama's 2008 candidacy for President of the United States. A stylized stencil portrait of Obama in solid red, beige and blue, with the word “HOPE” below it, the poster became an icon of the 2008 presidential election. In 2009, Fairey’s collage of the original Hope version was acquired by the Smithsonian.
Since the Obama image, Fairey continues to obscure the boundaries in art, challenging the splits between high and low, commercial and public.