The 2014 Bob Marley Print by Shepard Fairey was a 18 x 24 inch screen print that was sold as a signed and numbered edition of 450. This print was created to commemorate musician Bob Marley and his life long contribution to music. This print was also sold signed by Dennis Morris who was a friend and photographer of Bob Marley and took the picture of which this print is based.
Using a photo by Dennis Morris, Fairey created a dark granny bust of Bob Marley with deadlock hair, deep cheekbones, light forehead and edgy defined facial features. The background has movement in granite shades reaching for upper lights to deeper darks as the eye moves lower.
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Bob Marley was an inspiration to Fairey and many others.
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“I bought Bob Marley’s Rastaman Vibrations shortly after I started skateboarding in 1984, purely because the only good skateboard ramp where I lived was called “The Rasta Ramp.” I had mostly been listening to punk rock, but I was excited to discover reggae, which even more boldly embodied many of the same elements of social protest as punk but in a way that was much more palatable to my parents. I think my parents bought me Bob Marley and the Wailers records for every Christmas or birthday until I had accumulated their entire catalog; my very conservative grandmother even bought me a Bob Marley shirt from Jamaica. I leaned more towards punk, but some punk bands, most notably Bad Brains, embraced both punk and reggae. Bob Marley’s music always cheered me up during my high-school years of personal struggle. I’m always inspired by how steadfast and positive Bob was.” (quote from Shepard’s 20th Year Supply & Demand)