‘Lotus Woman’ is silkscreen print by acclaimed street artist Obey aka Shepard Fairey. The print is from a PP edition of 4 and is signed by the artist.
Shepard Fairey - better known by his psuedonym, Obey - is one of the most prolific contemporary graffiti artists in the US and a key defining figure of the street art movement, globally. Famed for his 2008 Obama ‘hope’ poster, his work is influenced by and informs a critique of both advertising and propaganda, featuring politically charged images of consumer culture in a graphic, retro style. ‘Lotus Woman’ draws on antiquated vinyl design to create a bold aesthetic. In sepia tones of black and off-white, Obey has layered up a series of patterns, creating a graphic lotus flower, encircled at the centre. A neo-classical style woman, adorned with laurel leaves, appears to hold up the central panel, a disc reading ‘Obey Records’ in two, historically clashing fonts (one Soviet-style, the other kitsch Victoriana). The print deftly brings together themes of commercialisation and branding but, beyond all else, ‘Lotus Woman’ is an aesthetic triumph, striking and beautiful to behold.