Mr. Brainwash, ‘Yves Saint Laurent, Marilyn’, 2008, Julien's Auctions
Mr. Brainwash, ‘Yves Saint Laurent, Marilyn’, 2008, Julien's Auctions

With the same artistic fervor as master of Pop Andy Warhol, Mr. Brainwash uses iconographic portraiture in his print practice. Using Andy Warhol’s colorful portrait of Marilyn Monroe as his inspiration, Brainwash created a series of work featuring celebrities, designers, and tastemakers, including Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Jackson, Spock, Britney Spears, Marilyn Manson, Jay Leno, Madonna, and Warhol himself. 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 center right "Mr. Brainwash" with thumbprint.

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

2015
Toronto,
Mr. Brainwash
2014
Nuremberg,
"Mr. Brainwash - Life is beautiful" 09.05.2014 - 30.06.2014

Group Shows

2016
Cleveland,
LA Art Show 2016
2015
2014
Nuremberg,
"Mr. Brainwash - Life is beautiful" 09.05.2014 - 30.06.2014

Fair History on Artsy

2017
WANROOIJ GALLERY at Art Miami 2017
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