'Shepard/WK Portrait' by Shepard Fairey, 2023
Limited Edition print collab. with NYC mural artist WK Interact.
24 x 36 Inches
61 x 91.4 Centimeters
Screen print on French Speckletone True White fine art paper.
Limited Edition of 450 (#423/450)
Hand-signed and dated by WK bottom left.
Hand-signed and dated by Fairey bottom right.
Numbered in pencil bottom left.
ABOUT THE ART
"I've known WK for almost 25 years, but I admired his art for many years before that. When I started putting art up on the streets of NY in the early 90s, WK had some of the best murals around lower Manhattan. We've collaborated a few times over the years, and when I was in NYC in December, WK shot some portraits of me as part of an artist homage series.
Usually, I'm uncomfortable being the subject of art pieces, but I love what he did with the final art because it merges our aesthetics very harmoniously… and my face is less of the focus! I'm honored by what WK did, and we'll be releasing a collaborative print based on his fine art imagery of this."
"In 2009, I was invited by Shepard Fairey to have a solo show at the Subliminal Project Gallery in Los Angeles. 14 years later, I have the pleasure of visiting Subliminal Projects once again… to sign a new limited edition print, on which we collaborated.
I met Shepard long ago… I've joined him on many adventures around the world, from Berlin, Japan, NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, to Paris. Early on, I realized as we were hitting the streets with paste ups, that we shared something in common and that was the constant desire to work.
Shepard was the first person to contact me and extend an invitation to participate in the game. I admire how sharp he is… he forgets nothing. I'm grateful that he let me paint his portrait, but I'm mostly honored to call him my friend."