Shepard Fairey George Harrison Poster

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Star graphic designer Shepard Fairey (yes, you know him — think “OBEY” or that Obama poster) has created a new poster of George Harrison, to celebrate/promote the release of The Apple Years 1968-75. I think it’s pretty cool. What say you?

Shepard Fairey George Harrison Poster

Please tell me he did this by hand and eye, and didn’t just apply a Photoshop filter. That MATTERS to me somehow

Interested in purchasing a Shepard Fairey George Harrison Poster for your own cozy little Beatle-infused digs? Be quick and vigilant:

“Silver edition to be released 24/10/14 through the George Harrison web store at 10am PST/6pm BST located here: (1 per household/person).”

Of course, it’s no Milton Glaser on Dylan

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  1. Avatar Eric Reynolds wrote:

    I have nothing against Fairey, but this is a really soulless “illustration”. Is it even an illustration? I’m honestly not sure. It conveys nothing to me. He could be a contemporary soccer player for all this tells me.

  2. Nor I, @Eric, but I think I agree with you.

    Ever seen any art that does what you wish the Fairey illustration did? Voorman’s Revolver cover, for sure, IMHO. I think the Avedon stuff is evocative and revealing, too.

    Any illustrators that you think handled the Fabs particularly well? Alan Aldridge?

    • Avatar Eric Reynolds wrote:

      Definitely Voorman. No one else comes to mind! But that Fairey image is just cold, his line has no weight or humanity to it. It’s a boring composition, too.

      • @Eric, Voorman’s Revolver cover has always seemed to me to be the work of someone who knew them intimately as people, a psychological trove which no other illustrator had. Lennon’s a sly, angular cartoon; Harrison’s almost leonine and of the four is the only one staring at you; Starr’s all sensual curves; McCartney’s beautiful, but impassive and only showing you part of himself.

        I guess my issue with Fairey’s art is that it’s pretty — decorative — but it doesn’t seem to have a strong point-of-view about George.

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