M2: EXHIBITIONS: Graffiti Dream
Byline: JUSTINE HOLLINS
A GRAFFITI artist who rose to international fame on the back of a giant sticker dreamt up as a joke, is bringing his thought provoking work to Birmingham.
Fourteen years ago, Shephard Fairey designed a sticker of a graphic black and white close-up of a face, based on the late 520lb wrestler-cum-actor Andre the Giant, in a bored moment with a skater pal. Dubbed Andre the Giant has a Posse, it snowballed into an underground sensation.
And even now the image is still plastered over abandoned buildings, onto street signs and telephone poles across America and in cities like Paris, Vienna, Tokyo and London.
For the 33-year-old, his joke has been transformed into a semi-serious sociopsychological experiment, and it has established him as one of today's leading visual identity designers.
Now the man behind the Obey Giant name, he will be exhibiting his work in For Coffee, a coffee bar which doubles as exhibition space, in The Custard Factory next month. …