William S. Burroughs - 100 Year Birthday

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William S. Burroughs - 100 Year Birthday

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Artwork by Shepard Fairey and Katy Simon

Created from a photograph taken of William S. Burroughs by Katy Simon

Three Color Silkscreen on Speckletone Paper

Print Size: 24" x 18"

Edition: Artist's Proof - Edition of 450

Signed by Shepard Fairey and Katy Simon

Artwork professionally packaged and shipped unframed

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Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, illustrator and activist who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign followed by his OBEY campaign. The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston calls him one of today’s best known and most influential street artists. 

Kate Simon, the photographer behind the first Clash album cover and the Bob Marley “Kaya” cover, has captured many of the most famous musicians, writers and artists of her and our time such as Miles Davis, Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauchshenberg, and William S. Burroughs and many others. Her work is displayed in museums and galleries in Europe and the U.S. and in many private photographic collections.

Reflections on William S. Burroughs 

"I collaborated with Kate Simon, the photographer behind the first Clash album cover and the Bob Marley “Kaya” cover, on this image of writer William S. Burroughs in celebration of what would be his 100th birthday on Feb. 5th. Burroughs is often associated with the Beat writers and collaborated with Jack Kerouac, but in his long career he produced an amazingly diverse body of writing. Burroughs was a true outsider and his voice was consistently provocative and evocative. As a drug user and explorer of the seedier side of things, Burroughs had a disdain for authority and the square life. I love his quote “how I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.” I read Naked Lunch in high school, and I was fascinated by it, but I found it challenging. I have recently been reading Word Virus, a compilation of Burroughs’ writing, at Kate Simon’s recommendation. Word Virus is a great intro if you are unfamiliar with Burroughs. Kate also shot the cover image for the book. - Shepard Fairey

"I was taken by William Burroughs’ presence and intelligence from the first time I was introduced to him, by: Lester Bangs in 1975. He was thrilling to listen to. When you heard him speak, you felt that you were privy to such a rare mind. Even in small-talk, he spoke with perfect economy of language. His shoots with me were very collaborative and it was an incredible opportunity to be able to photograph him over the course of twenty years." - Kate Simon