Just look at what greatness inspires!
Artists for Obama is a collection of posters designed for the candidate and his history-making campaign. When was the last time a politician, inspired art and design at this level? I am guessing it was in the late 1960's, but it's just a guess.
The list of artists who donated their craft to this collection is impressive. The prints are available in limited quantities, many are already sold-out, like the first one shown below by contemporary artist, graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey. This single image has become iconic with the campaign. My goddaughter, husband and I all proudly sport T-shirts with the image, and can only wish we had gotten one of the original screenprints that were given away at Obama rallies in the early days of the campaign. They are collector's items now. Fairey shared that he believed that making art for Obama, is making art for peace.
The most recent piece is by Lance Wyman, the renowned graphic designer responsible for the iconic images of the Mexico City Olympics in 1968. This piece is still available at Artists for Obama for only $60.00. Interesting that someone so relevant to the iconic images of the first Olympic Games in a Latin American country, would be inspired to donate his time to create a unique graphic that captures the energy of Barack Obama.
Robert Indiana, the most senior of the group represented here is famous for his iconic work LOVE, as a print and in sculpture. Created in 1964 for a Museum of Modern Art Christmas Card, it later graced a US postage stamp in 1973. Mr. Indiana just turned 80 years old this year and prefers to stay in the world of art, but believing that this year's election is most critical, he was inspired to create HOPE.
Greatness inspires greatness.