Book Review: OBEY: Supply & Demand - The Art of Shepard Fairey

OBEY: Supply & Demand - The Art of Shepard Fairey

I like the cover treatment for this book. The spine part is clothed, but the cover is clad with nice textured canvas. This book is really thick at 446 pages and there's a poster provided, the one with roses in three guns.

This is also the 20th anniversary edition, which expands upon the 2006 version of Supply and Demand by 96 pages. It includes art created for, but not authorised by, the Obama campaign.

Compared to the other book I have, E Pluribus Venom, this book has a more extensive writeup on Sheppard Fairey, his work, music and influence. There are also a couple of interviews. You'll get to read all about his work on Andre the Giant, and how it increased his exposure in the art industry.

This book has a lot of art and photos. The photos are of his posters pasted all over cities in different countries. And the art are his iconic posters. Note that many of the illustrations from E Pluribus Venom can be found here. So if you just want to grab one book on Sheppard Fairey, this is the one.

The art work is great and plentiful. I love the textural feel created from from collages behind the black inked drawings. You can check out more work at obeygiant.com and www.thegiant.org

This book should appeal to graphic designers and illustrators.

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