Obey’s Shepard Fairey unveils 4 new Hong Kong murals and extensive ‘Visual Disobedience’ exhibition

Shepard Fairey has been pretty busy for the past week. The street artist, who is perhaps most famous for his iconic “Obey Giant” series/clothing line and “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, has been working hard on four public murals of varying sizes in Hong Kong while simultaneously prepping for his new exhibition, “Visual Disobedience”.

Named after an image he created in 2004, Fairey says the exhibition will “explore the trajectory of [his] career”, focusing on the theme of “power and responsibility, contemplating the widespread abuse by positions of authority, and the response this exploitation solicits.”

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Presented by the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation, “Visual Disobedience” opens tonight at The Pulse and will run for a month (details below).

However, you’ve still got the chance to spot a few of Fairey’s pieces for yourself even if you haven’t got the time to attend the exhibition; as we said, he’s just debuted four spanking new murals across the city!

We were lucky enough to catch Fairey as he was in the first stages of painting the largest of his Hong Kong murals, a yellow piece titled “Peace Fingers”. (Also, if you’re mad at us for not giving you a head’s up, all we can say is… you should follow us on Instagram.)

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Prior to that, Fairey completed a mural of his “Visual Disobedience” piece (pictured in header), a portrait of a woman, and a piece called “Protect Peace Elephant” in collaboration with Project C:Change.

All of Fairey’s murals are on Hong Kong Island. We won’t give you the exact locations – where’s the fun in that? – but we can tell you to start looking in Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun, Causeway Bay, and Quarry Bay. Then again, if you haven’t got a few hours to spare, you could also just head to his exhibition.

What: “Visual Disobedience” by Shepard Fairey
When: 12pm to 8pm, Thursday Oct. 27 to Sunday Nov. 27 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Where: Shop B104-Shop 305, The Pulse, No. 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay (Google Maps)
Price: Free!
Tickets: Don’t need ’em


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