Mr. Brainwash, ‘Charlie Chaplin’, 2011, Julien's Auctions
Mr. Brainwash, ‘Charlie Chaplin’, 2011, Julien's Auctions
Mr. Brainwash, ‘Charlie Chaplin’, 2011, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 26 x 38 in.

Mr. Brainwash is perhaps best known for his role in the film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), which documented his rise to success in 2008. He has been quoted as saying, “Banksy captured me becoming an artist, in the end, I became his biggest work of art.” Much like Warhol, Mr. Brainwash re-appropriates popular images and juxtaposes them within his canvas—however, where Warhol used Marilyn, Brainwash uses Charlie Chaplin. The Brainwash rendition of The Kid is complete with images of Brainwash’s oeuvre and each are a nod to Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein— Campbell spray cans instead of Campbell Soup Cans; a portrait of Madonna versus a portrait of Mao; a Brainwash Mickey Mouse versus a Lichtenstein pop Mickey. Mr. Brainwash has exhibited extensively around the world, including recent shows at Art Miami and LA Art Show.

Signature: Signed vertically in black oil stick upper right "Mr. Brainwash"

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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