Thierry Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash) is a French born street artist, famous for his works charged with joy and positivity.
He started his career as street artist after the 2010 film Exit Through the Gift Shop. Directed by Banksy, it featured Mr. Brainwash himself as the protagonist.
Appropriating images from art history and popular culture, Mr. Brainwash merges stencil characters like Einstein and Charlie Chaplin with his iconic mottos like Life Is Beautiful and Follow Your Dreams.
Mr. Brainwash - Limited Edition Prints
Mr. Brainwash, Thierry Guetta’s art name, produces both unique works and limited editions of prints and posters.
Limited editions, created in a predetermined number of copies, allow more people to have access to the artist's works at more affordable prices than a unique work.
The first artworks created by street artist Mr. Brainwash already featured certain elements and subjects that we still find in his artworks today. Over the years, Mr. Brainwash has developed a unique and perfectly recognizable style, which is also evident in the limited editions.
Mr. Brainwash's art blends both Pop Art and Street Art. He pays homage to celebrities such as Muhammed Ali, Madonna, and David Bowie, but also references great masters of contemporary art such as Jeff Koons.
Mr. Brainwash - Old Edition
The old limited editions made by the artist between 2008 and 2018 are very different from the more recent ones. The main difference concerns the use of color; Mr. Brainwash's old prints prefer black-and-white subjects with only sporadic pops of color.
These old limited editions include President's Day - Chaplin (2018). The subject of this work is George Washington, to which, however, the street artist adds Charlie Chaplin's iconic mustache and hat.
Among the most iconic subjects in these works are Einstein and the child featured in the work Smile. Mr. Brainwash took inspiration from these works to study the subjects that have made him internationally famous and recognized today.
Mr. Brainwash - International stars
The subjects of his early limited editions feature well-known faces from the 20th century, such as Martin Luther King, Salvador Dali, and Muhammad Ali. They also feature more recent figures, such as Madonna and Obama, all iconic in pop culture and well known to the general public.
Mr. Brainwash - Today
The subjects of old limited editions have now become true icons in the works of Mr. Brainwash. In these new artworks, the artist blends elements of street art with his iconic objects, surrounding them with a vibrant expression of color. In the background over time, references to great contemporary art artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring have also been added.
To date, Mr. Brainwash's limited editions are not limited to artworks on paper; these also include his now-famous spray cans and some sculptures, such as Life is Beautiful. Again, the splashes of paint and bright colors are what take center stage.
In addition to his recognizable style, what has made him known in the art world is also his collaboration with famous artists, including Banksy. Mr. Brainwash took part in the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy himself.
WHO IS MR. BRAINWASH?
Born in 1966 in Garges-lès-Gonesse in France, Mr. Brainwash is one of the most known street and pop artists worldwide. His artworks have reached popularity among art lovers, collectors and gallerists.
At the beginning of his career, Mr. Brainwash followed his cousin Invader, another iconic street artist, and met the leading artists of Street Art like Obey (Shepard Farey) and Banksy. While following all these artists like Invader, Obey, and Banksy, Mr. Brainwash filmed his emerging career as an artist. Banksy directed the movie, in which it is possible to see every step of the process.
In 2008 Thierry Guetta organised his first solo exhibition to let the world know him as Mr. Brainwash. His first exhibition was set in Los Angeles, on Hollywood Walk of Fame Sunset Boulevard, inside a space of around 15,000 square-feet.
His first exhibition took place on June 18, 2008, and was called Life is Beautiful. During the majestic exhibition, Mr. Brainwash showed the public more than 300 artworks including paintings, prints and sculptures.
Thanks to this first exhibition, the artist started working exclusively on his artistic career, known as Mr. Brainwash worldwide.
Are Mr. Brainwash and Banksy the same person?
Since the beginning of his career, the identity of Bansky has been a mystery: no one really knows who hides behind the most iconic, irreverent, and famous person in the Street Art scene. Consequently, due to his friendship with Mr Brainwash and the movie directed by Banksy to promote Mr. Brainwash as a new street artist in the art scene, people started assuming that Mr. Brainwash is actually Bansky.
The creation of one artwork, in particular, highlights the unique and close relationship between Banksy and Mr. Brainwash. The most famous artwork by Banksy, Girl with Balloon, has been reworked by Mr. Brainwash several times but with different backgrounds, colors and details. With this subject of Banksy, Mr. Brainwash pays homage to one of his friends and one of the top artists of the street art scene.
Mr. Brainwash Art Museum
In December 2022, Mr. Brainwash opened a museum where visitors can admire immersive and multimedia installations, and explore the artist production and evolution to enter the energetic and hopeful world of Thierry Guetta.
The Mr. Brainwash Museum represents a beacon of hope and positivity, signifying how things can still thrive despite uncertainty. The Mr. Brainwash Beverly Hills Museum is focused mainly on his art and poetics.
Mr. Brainwash - Art and Works
The art of Mr. Brainwash is best known for its joy, colors and the references he makes to the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some artists from whom Mr. Branwash draws inspiration are Andy Warhol, Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring.
In addition to visual references, Mr. Brainwash is also known for including quotes and motivational phrases inside his art to express his love towards life and his optimistic vision of the world.
Mr. Brainwash - Life is Beautiful
One of the most iconic phrases and artwork by Mr. Brainwash is "Life is Beautiful". Mr. Brainwash has released several sculptures and artwork in which this iconic phrase appears. Life is Beautiful represents the artist's poetry, sending positive messages and teaching the viewers not to give up because, as this artwork states: "life is beautiful".
Mr. Brainwash - Einstein
One of the most iconic subjects in Mr. Brainwash artistic production is the physician Albert Einstein. Through Einstein, Mr. Brainwash spreads another important message: Love is the Answer. Mr. Brainwash wants to diffuse a strong message of love and positivity thanks to his artwork dedicated to the famous Physicist, Albert Einstein.
In his Einstein artworks, Mr. Brainwash lets the universal icon of genius hold up a sign in which it appears the emblematic phrase "Love is the Answer".
Mr. Brainwash - Spray Can
Mr. Brainwash is also known for the variety of mediums in his artistic production, from canvases to walls, via mirrors and spray cans. Over the years, Mr. Brainwash pays homage to his primary tool to make art by elevating it to an authentic work of art.
The spray cans realized by Mr. Brainwash have different subjects: from the classic ones like Einstein, Chaplin and the Marvel characters, to iconic city symbols like in Mr. Brainwash's Liberty spray can.
Mr. Brainwash - Everyday Life
Another important character of Mr. Brainwash's artistic production is the chimpanzee protagonist of the artwork series Everyday Life. Mr. Brainwash shows the stencilled monkey writing iconic phrases on a wall such as "Follow your Dream", "Smile" or "Follow your Heart".
Once more, thanks to the monkey, Mr. Brainwash reinforces the messages of his art full of positivity and love for life.
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