The designer, famous for creating the iconic Obama campaign image, has created a painting for each track on the singer’s new album, which features reinterpreted classic American folk songs.
Shepard Fairey and Neil Young have collaborated on a project for the folk legend’s new album with Crazy Horse, Americana. Fairey created eleven paintings, one for each reinterpreted classic song, including Oh Susanna, This Land Is Your Land and Clementine. The artworks reflect modern sentiment about the US through the echoes of American folk songs. Fairey listened to the music and lyrics to get inspiration for visual representations of the songs and then presented Young with ideas about images that would best capture the essence of each song.
Oh Susanna print
Fairey speaks about the collaboration:
I was thrilled he asked me to collaborate by making paintings inspired by the songs on his ‘Americana’ album. I’m a huge fan of Neil’s music in general, but when I heard the album I realized how much the subject matter of several songs reflected the aspirations and tragedies of those pursuing the American dream tied into issues relevant to the 99% movement which I have been supporting.
The new paintings are on view at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles and a box set of the prints will soon be available from Obey Giant. Fairey also recently collaborated with The Rolling Stones to create a special 50th anniversary logo.
Click through to look at all of the artwork for Americana: