International Village lobby
1155 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02120
Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, and social activist. He emerged from the skateboarding scene and created the André the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign in 1989 while attending Rhode Island School of Design. He is perhaps best known for his Hope campaign in 2008 that features a portrait of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Fairey, who was born in South Carolina and lives in Los Angeles, painted a mural for the lobby of Northeastern’s International Village. The piece features a fictionalized portrait of his wife, Amanda. The title, which is a hybrid of her name and the word, “command,” acts as a verbal description of her confident and powerful character.
Fairey first screenprinted the mural in pieces in his studio and then worked with his team of assistants to install it on campus using wheatpaste.
Fairey’s work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today’s best known and most influential street artists.