This print “Muhammad Ali – Heavyweight Ideals,” is based on the mural Shepard Fairey recently painted in Louisville, KY. Muhammad Ali was an incredible athlete who was dazzling in the ring, a glorious showman athletically and verbally, and resilient in the face of defeat, earning the heavyweight title 3 times.
However, in this art, based on an incredible photo by Howard Bingham provided by his son Dustin, Fairey wanted to emphasize Ali’s role as an outspoken citizen and activist. Ali was a civil rights activist, a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, a philanthropist, and a U.N. Messenger of Peace. I admire that Ali stood up for what he believed even when he potentially faced jail and the end of his boxing career.
The Chestnut St. YMCA where the Ali mural was painted is blocks from the celebrated boxer’s childhood school and a place he frequented in his youth.
The “Muhammad Ali – Heavyweight Ideals” print by Shepard Fairey will be available on Thursday, May 4th at 10 AM PDT.
Muhammad Ali – Heavyweight Ideals by Shepard Fairey
Screen print on thick cream Speckletone paper
18 x 24 inches
Numbered edition of 500
Signed by Shepard Fairey
Includes digital Certificate of Authenticity