Mr. Brainwash, ‘Freedom Kiss Barcode’, 2008, Imitate Modern

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Out of the Crate, Contessa Gallery, Cleveland
2017
Summer-Accrochage July – August 2017, Aurifer AG, Schaan / Liechtenstein
2017
Legends, Graffik Gallery / Banksy Editions, London
2016
2015
Mr. Brainwash, Fischtein Fine Art, Toronto

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
2015
Mr. Brainwash, Fischtein Fine Art, Toronto

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Out of the Crate, Contessa Gallery, Cleveland
2017
Summer-Accrochage July – August 2017, Aurifer AG, Schaan / Liechtenstein
2017
Legends, Graffik Gallery / Banksy Editions, London
2017
Pop Portaits, Imitate Modern, London
2015
Summer Edition, Imitate Modern
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