Mr Brainwash or MBW is the moniker of eccentric French filmmaker Thierry Guetta. After years of filming street artist royalty such as Banksy and Obey (Shepard Fairey) he has decided to rest his camera and use his index finger for another purpose by adopting the spray-can as his new artistic tool. In doing so he has become one of California’s most prolific street artists.
‘Untitled No.4 (Rolling Stones)’ is a very impressive silkscreen of one of the most famous bands ever. It has been printed onto heavy stock art paper that has a lovely deckled edge to it. This piece features loads of hand finishing and is a completely unique edition.
‘Obama Marilyn’ is a very comical adaptation to Andy Warhol’s original Marilyn. Obama is naturally the hot ticket in all art forms at current, but with street art paying more attention than others to political and social occurrences it’s no wonder that the American President keeps cropping up. This 6 colour silkscreen print features hand finishing and is an edition of only 15. It is available in a classic black box frame.
The third piece that we have of Mr. Brainwash’s is another comical take on American culture; this time the subject is the famous James McNeill Whistler painting Whistler's Mother. This silkscreen edition, of the same title, shows the famous image with the look of a police mug-shot about it. It is an edition of only 15, features hand finished elements and is available framed in a black box frame.
Mr. Brainwash’s first solo show “Life is Beautiful” was in LA, June 2008 and featured over 100 works in a 15,000ft sq TV studio. The event had fans queuing round the block to get in on its opening night where he referenced artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock and Robert Indiana, but it is Warhol whose influence is strongest. MBW uses icons of consumer culture and celebrity mixing them with early pop art images to create his own pop art, graffiti hybrid.
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