Art Basel Special: Behind the Scenes – OBEY

TheeBlog-OBEY_ArtBasel It’s been a slow week and I apologize for it. But! to make it up, today I bring a post that a lot of you will enjoy. As we all prepare for Art Basel down here in Miami, I’ve been busy roaming around Miami Beach and Wynwood trying to catch all the amazing artists that are down here and currently working. You see, to be completely honest, I think I enjoy these pre-Basel weeks a lot more than the actual event as I get the chance to walk around and meet most artists as they prepare and finish their masterpieces. And this year, I had the chance and pleasure to meet an artist I’ve been following for many years and whose work I enjoy, support, and that has become an intricate part of Basel Miami. Shepard Fairey, also knows as OBEY by most, has been in Miami for the past couple of days, working on new stunning murals and generating commotion amongst Miami art lovers. I visited him and his awesome crew and took some photos of the process and work behind their lovely murals. Check them!

If you live in Miami or made it to Art Basel these past years, you might remember OBEY’s mural at Wynwood Walls… Probably one of the most photographed ones and one that instantly became a classic. Then, news about plans for a new mural honoring Wynwood visionary Tony Goldman surfaced and before anyone noticed, the iconic Wynwood wall facing Wynwood Kitchen & Bar was blank.

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Photo courtesy: Manny Hernadez/@miamigrams

Photo courtesy: Manny Hernadez/@miamigrams

But it wasn’t all sad news. OBEY was down in Miami and immediately began working on a new mural featuring many iconic and inspiring figures like Hendrix, Billy Idol, Warhol, Basquiat, Davis, MLK and of course, Tony Goldman. The new mural featured a different style than the previous one and it was done entirely based on stencils (as opposed to wheatpaste).

Being able to watch the OBEY crew at work was a treat. The amount of people that stopped by to take pictures or simply observe was ridiculous. But what I really admired was Shepard’s admirable humility and friendliness with every single person that approached him. I’ve met many Designers, artists, etc. before and I must say that very few would literally stop their work, drop their tools and meet/greet their fans. Over and over again… Big props to Shepard for this!

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The Legendary and lovely Martha Cooper was also photographing Shepard at work...

The Legendary and lovely Martha Cooper was also photographing Shepard at work...

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Once the Wynwood Walls mural was completed, Shepard and his OBEY crew collaborated with RISK on a massive and awesome mural close to Downtown Miami. The entire job took 3-4 days. These are some photos of the process…

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Having the chance to meet and chat with Shepard was great, and of course I had to take advantage of this rare treat and ask him to sign some of my OBEY goodies including my supersized Andre poster and some stickers I got from him :)

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One comment
  1. Wow! That would have been awesome to watch. I was lucky enough to pick up five of his prints in the late 90s. My next office will have them on the walls. These are great pics. Thanks!

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