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Mr. Brainwash

Mr. Brainwash

Art

Nationality: French

Biography:
Mr Brainwash (AKA Thierry Guetta) in his own words is “never not an artist, but born an artist.” Mr. Brainwash became the central figure in the 2010 documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop which was produced by the street artist Banksy. At the time, the character of Mr. Brainwash appeared to be a hoax perpetrated in the art world, but Brainwash has maintained art exhibitions and sales, creating a large following. His blend of pop imagery, historical figures, art history metanarratives, and image appropriation has produced an eclectic oeuvre.

Mr. Brainwash works predominantly with stencils, screen printing, and spray paint. Many of his works such as Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze, 2009, and Love is the Answer, 2012 are collaged from well known imagery of his subjects with the added background of intense color layering like one might find on a well used graffiti wall in Mr. Brainwash’s hometown of Los Angeles.

Within the imagery one can also find branding in the form of other images by Brainwash, as well as remixed and re-imagined icons from Andy Warhol, Banksy, and others. Some of these icons include spray paint cans with Warhol’s soup can motif, Banksy’s balloon girl, and the banana image from the Warhol produced Velvet Underground album.

In 2008, Mr. Brainwash held his first solo exhibition, Life is Beautiful, at the defunct CBS studios in Los Angeles. The event drew over 60,000 visitors and sold an estimated one million dollars in artworks. Madonna contracted the artist to design her greatest hits compilation album, Celebration, in 2009 which gained Mr. Brainwash even more attention.

After the release of Exit Through the Gift Shop, many critics and skeptics became suspicious that the whole persona of Mr. Brainwash was an elaborate hoax or prank on the art world. Others even went so far as to conclude that Banksy and Mr. Brainwash, were one in the same. While these conspiracies have mostly been debunked, there is no doubting the ability of Mr. Brainwash to create controversy, continue selling work, and drawing attention for both.

 

Mr. Brainwash Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Love is the Answer (Einstein), 2012 Screenprint with spray paint and mixed media on pa...
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Love is the Answer (Einstein), 2012 Screenprint with spray paint and mixed media on pa...
Lot 12155
Auction 5373
Thursday, June 7, 2018
$16,250.00
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Campbell's Tomato Spray, 2010 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas laid on panel 55 x 3
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Campbell's Tomato Spray, 2010 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas laid on panel 55 x 3...
Lot 12153
Auction 5373
Thursday, June 7, 2018
$11,875.00
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Follow Your Dreams, 2012 Screenprint with spray paint and mixed media on paper 30 x 2
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Follow Your Dreams, 2012 Screenprint with spray paint and mixed media on paper 30 x 2...
Lot 12156
Auction 5373
Thursday, June 7, 2018
$7,500.00
Mr. Brainwash (b. 1966) Samo is alive, 2016 Screenprint with handpainting in colors on wove paper 33-1/2 x 46-1/2 inc
Mr. Brainwash (b. 1966) Samo is alive, 2016 Screenprint with handpainting in colors on wove paper 33-1/2 x 46-1/2 inc...
Lot 14012
Auction 191825
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
$1,250.00
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Charlie Chaplin Blue Stencil and acrylic on paper 30 x 22-1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Charlie Chaplin Blue Stencil and acrylic on paper 30 x 22-1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)...
Lot 12163
Auction 5373
Thursday, June 7, 2018
$4,125.00

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Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Don't Be Cruel (Blue), 2007 Spray paint on canvas 60 x 36 inches (152.4 x 91.4 cm) E
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Don't Be Cruel (Blue), 2007 Spray paint on canvas 60 x 36 inches (152.4 x 91.4 cm) E...
Lot 12151
Auction 5373
Thursday, June 7, 2018
$5,000.00
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Jimi Hendrix (white), 2015 Screenprint in colors on paper 30 x 22-1/8 inches (76.2 x...
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Jimi Hendrix (white), 2015 Screenprint in colors on paper 30 x 22-1/8 inches (76.2 x ... (1)

Auction 191830
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Jimi Hendrix (Gold), 2015 Screenprint in colors on paper 30 x 22-1/4 inches (76.2 x 5...
Mr. Brainwash (French, b. 1966) Jimi Hendrix (Gold), 2015 Screenprint in colors on paper 30 x 22-1/4 inches (76.2 x 5... (1)

Auction 191830
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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Mr. Brainwash (b. 1966) Art Is Over Here, poster, c. 2011 Offset lithograph in colors on paper 34-3/8 x 23 inches (8...
Mr. Brainwash (b. 1966) Art Is Over Here, poster, c. 2011 Offset lithograph in colors on paper 34-3/8 x 23 inches (8... (1)

Auction 191830
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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