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Shepard Fairey draws Trump as a demagogue in new artwork

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Franz Ferdinand - Demagogue
'Demagogue' by Franz Ferdinand. Art by Shepard Fairey. Franz Ferdinand (via YouTube)

In 2008, Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster featuring then presidential candidate, Barack Obama was huge. 

"The idea of the image was to legitimize him and to look further into his policies," Fairy told  Take Two's Alex Cohen. "I was more saying Obama is legitimate enough to take a look at."

Now, the artist has turned his attention to Donald Trump. He made art using an image of the Republican presidential nominee to pair with a song called "Demagogue" by Franz Ferdinand.

"I'd actually been looking for an excuse to make some art criticizing Donald Trump, but in some ways I felt like Donald Trump is this amoeba that grows with negative energy," Fairey said. "But I also think that art and music can be a really great way to engage an audience that normally wouldn't be involved in a political conversation."

The image and song are being released as part of an initiative called "30 Days, 30 Songs," a song based pro Clinton campaign.

Fairey took the time to speak with Take Two's Alex Cohen about his art, the evolution of his participation in politics and where he stands on the presidential candidates.

Fairey also opened an exhibit titled "Politically Charged," which features his work alongside artist Robbie Conal. It runs until October 19th and is located at The Infinity Room in Los Angeles.

To hear the entire conversation click on the audio link embedded at the top of this post.

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