Obey & VHILS’ mural turns Graça into Lisbon’s new street art hub

OBEY’s creator joins Lisbon’s art scene

Shepard Fairey, OBEY’s mythic creator, is in Lisbon to present his exhibition “Printed Matters” in the Underdogs Gallery.

Cool right?

But the best part is that he is leaving his mark in Graça: Fairey is painting two walls in our neighborhood, and one of them is a collaboration with Vhils (see more pictures below).

On monday morning our manager Vanda was just leaving her house when she came across this new and unexpected art piece.

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Half ‘n’ half.  Shepard Fairey (l) vs VHILS (r)

At first she had no clue about who the artist was, but in the meantime we managed to find out.

You might know him for his “OBEY” campaign, which originated from a strong desire to shake people up and make them question their surroundings.

“The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker. “

But he is also the author of a vast number of art interventions in the public space: collages, stencilling, mural painting, sculpture… You surely came across his iconic “Hope” poster in 2008.

As a kid, he experimented with stickers and t-shirts and soon realized that screen printing had potential for a lot more. He then became one of the most important contemporary urban artists worldwide.

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Fairey’s contribute to Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign

Being a product of the mass culture, printed art easily became his favorite medium for the dissemination of ideas.. As Fairey says: My main goal is to create a harmony between beauty, power and utility.

What makes his art so interesting is the fact that it is rooted in the DIY culture from the punk rock and skateboarding scenes, but also gathers traits from pop culture, commercial marketing and political messaging.

A great combo that we can’t wait to check out at the Underdogs Gallery from 21 to 31 July, and from 01 to 23 September (the gallery closes in august, so you have plenty of time to plan your visit!)

Shepard just finished his second piece here in Graça

A revolutionary woman standing with a red flower in her machine gun (possibly inspired by the iconic Portuguese revolution of the 25th of April).

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Here you can see it from different points of view as we walk by Graça’s streets

We feel like we are super lucky to have him around. While this is pretty cool, Vanda is worried about how much this can increase the rent in her area. This brings us back to a question we have talked about here several times: is Lisbon becoming too much art and less street?

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