i have found lots of Shepard Fairey’s around Toronto and New York (check out my Shepard Fairey category for each find), but i thought i had found them all in Toronto. i don’t think he’s been here for a few years, so to find some of his OBEY stickers still lingering about is a real treat. i found this practically unblemished OBEY sticker on queen west near dovercourt
speaking of Shepard Fairey…..
i found out recently that The Gladstone Hotel quietly opened a free exhibit on their 3rd and 4th floors called POST-GRAFFITI. it features the work of Shepard Fairey (the Obama HOPE poster!!!!), Dolk, Retna, Anthony Lister, Dan Bergeron (aka FAUXREEL), and yes, Banksy.
they’re having a launch party for it on the 27th in conjunction with another art exhibit, BUT they’ll charge ya $5. if you go any day between 12pm and 5pm, it’s free to the public.
apart from his obvious style, there are lots of visual cues to his previous work here.
more shepard fairey. basically the whole 3rd floor was dedicated to him.
this is Anthony Lister. he has this motif with golden award trophies that he works with often.
this piece by Anthony Lister previously appeared this summer at the Show & Tell Gallery
i was first introduced to his work when i wandered around Brooklyn for two weeks earlier this year.
dolk’s homage to warhol.
i’m pretty sure this if FAUXREEL, as he primarily works with photographs of people. if so, he only had this one piece in the whole exhibit. what a shame. i love his work.
i’m assuming this Indian/Pakistani scene is by Retna
and the one BANKSY at the exhibit
you can tell it’s a BANKSY by the lettering/font of the word “applause.”
hahah uss enterprise.