Whether you know him as Mr. Brainwash, MBW, or Thierry Guetta, there is no denying the profound impact that his unique and extravagant style of artwork has had on the contemporary art world. Mr. Brainwash has entrenched himself in pop culture, redefining the way we perceive celebrity and everyday objects. His art is an ingenious fusion of classic art imagery and subversive street art, captivating audiences worldwide.
Mr. Brainwash’s work is a maximalist expression of art, seamlessly blending the iconography of renowned artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol, to name just a few. He skillfully employs drip and splatter techniques from Jackson Pollock and spray paint and silkscreening techniques from Banksy to create an art style that is truly his own. His art is a breathtaking amalgamation of layering and mixed media, exuding refinement and expressive tones that elevate him to the ranks of fine art.
Pop Wall, 2023
Neon Lightbulb, oil, and mixed media on Canvas in Plexiglass Box
48 x 64 inches
His inspirations become the focal point of his work, paying homage and tribute to the techniques of the greats while still managing to infuse his own unique style into every piece. Mr. Brainwash intentionally references all these artists in a repetitive manner to illustrate the saturation of everyday symbols in marketing. By repeatedly using iconic images such as Jean-Michel Basquiat’s crown and Keith Haring’s angel on a vibrantly layered background of spray cans and positive words, these symbols become blurred and lose their impact. The viewer becomes ‘brainwashed’, forced to focus on the emotions the pieces evoke as a whole.
Keep It Unreal, 2022
Silkscreen and Mixed Media on Canvas Panel with Splashed Frame
33 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches
The symbols alone carry immense historical significance and when placed together in Mr. Brainwash’s world of chaos and color, the viewer is compelled to experience the joyous emotions they evoke, rather than just their iconic significance. In summary, Mr. Brainwash’s artwork is an extraordinary synthesis of classic art and modern street art, transcending boundaries and leaving an indelible impression on anyone who views it.
“Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation.”
– Mr. Brainwash
Samo is Alive, 2016
Silkscreen and Mixed Media on Paper
33 1/2 x 46 1/2 inches
Flying Balloon Heart, 2023
Stencil and Mixed Media on Fiberglass Sculpture and Acrylic Base
29 1/2 x 14 x 10 inches
Hamilton-Selway Fine Art is elated to showcase a collection of these captivating and affirming works, while also offering guidance to collectors seeking to acquire pieces from one of the most renowned artists of our time who seamlessly bridges the gap between street art and the gallery scene. H-S takes great pride in contributing to Mr. Brainwash’s ongoing mission of infusing vitality into the conventional and restrained contemporary art world.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mr. Brainwash whose real name is Thierry Guetta is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Pop artist who captured the imagination of the international market with his unique fusion of classic Pop Art imagery. He has spent the better part of the last decade attempting to make the ultimate street art documentary. Meanwhile, inspired by his subjects, he started hitting the streets, from Los Angeles to Paris, with spray painted stencils and posters of his pop art inspired images. He rapidly emerged as a renowned figure on the international street art scene with his unique style by incorporating richly layered screen printing, stencils, spray painting and improvisational hand painting. His imagery playfully juxtaposes cultural icons of the past with the present while stylistically paying homage to an array of artists from Andy Warhol to Keith Haring and Banksy.