Mr. Brainwash, ‘Bowie’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
Mr. Brainwash, ‘Bowie’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
Mr. Brainwash, ‘Bowie’, 2016, Julien's Auctions

With the same artistic fervor as master of Pop Andy Warhol, Mr. Brainwash uses iconographic portraiture in his print practice. The artist’s portrait of David Bowie is perhaps his most restrained in color allowing Ziggy Stardust’s signature lightning bolt to convey the infamous singer’s panache. The untimely death of Bowie earlier this year has made this print even more collectible than it had been previously. Mr. Brainwash has exhibited extensively around the world, including recent shows at Art Miami and LA Art Show. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed vertically in pencil lower right "Mr. Brainwash". Dated in pencil on verso "2016" with ink thumbprint.

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About Mr. Brainwash

A provocative figure in the world of street art, Mr. Brainwash practices an irreverent brand of appropriation characterized by the use of copyrighted images from history, popular culture, and art history. The artist subtly alters the picture or its context, mischievously undermining the tone of the source material. Brainwash, a pseudonym for Thierry Guetta, is known for producing massive spectacles to display his art. He came to prominence through mounting large-scale public projects in his current home of Los Angeles and as the main figure in the Banksy-directed film Exit Through the Gift Shop. His work hinges on the idea that anything is possible in his practice. “Art has no walls. Anybody can be an artist,” he says. “Art has no rules. There’s no manual.”

French, b. 1966, Garges-lès-Gonesse, France, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Solo Shows

Guy Hepner, 
New York,
Mr. Brainwash
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