A “bittersweet” week for artist Shepard Fairey

This should have been a week of non-stop celebrating in the Echo Park studio of artist Shepard Fairey, whose iconic illustration of President-elect Barack Obama appears on the cover of Time magazine’s Person of the Year issue. But Fairey said that the appearance of his work on a national magazine cover was “a bittersweet” moment in light of this week’s announcement that gay marriage opponent Rick Warren was selected to deliver the invocation at Obama’s inaugural address.

Fairey said in a statement that the decision was “very disappointing.” While he remains an Obama supporter, Fairey said he will contribute some of the proceeds from an inaugural poster he is working on to efforts to overturn Prop. 8:

“Rick Warren is against gay marriage and reproductive rights, and he does not believe in evolution (maybe he offers himself as proof of lack of evolution). I understand that Obama is trying to appeal to conservatives and evangelicals, but this move is symbolically a slap in the face to many people.”

Photo: Towleroad

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