Mr. Brainwash, Banksy’s popular protege, presents new works at the FRANK FLUEGEL GALLERY. Mr. Brainwash, became famous thanks to the film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” directed by Banksy. The film was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary in 2011. Mr Brainwash now also has collectors and famous fans like Pope Francis and the Kardashians. He designed the cover for Madonna’s 2009 album Celebration.
The exhibition will present his major works Everyday Life – Follow Your Dreams, Einstein, Banksy Thrower, Balloon Girl or Charlie Chaplin. Unique works on paper in mixed techniques and stencil technique. As always at Mr. Brainwash with lots of spray paint under the title “La vie est belle”.
The FRANK FLUEGEL GALLERY has been representing the artist Mr. Brainwash in the German-speaking region since 2012. In the Kitzbühel branch, works by Mr. Brainwash have been exhibited regularly during the winter months for three years.
After the auction record in London for a painting by Banksy at Sothebys in London, street art is increasingly becoming the target of collectors. Collectors are not only interested in unique pieces, but also in editions as long as they are original. Whether the art is bought as an investment or just to look at is secondary.
Born in 1966 under the name of Thierry Guetta in Garges-lès-Gonesse near Paris, he has lived in Los Angeles since the age of 15. In 2008, the first “La vie est belle” exhibition took place in Los Angeles and quickly became very popular with more than 50,000 visitors.
In 2009, Madonna commissioned Mr. Brainwash to design the cover art for the “Celebration” album. The unique piece was also available for purchase as a canvas.
In 2010, it was the breakthrough: Mr. Brainwash rose to fame with the multi-award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, in which he accompanied his friend and street art legend Banksy to work. It also brought him into the street art scene and he started creating artwork. He was already making unique pieces and editions at that time. From then on, Mr. Brainwash was a phenomenon, a superstar who conquered the art world with his originals at record pace. Unique pieces and originals can be purchased at the gallery in Kitzbühel as well as in Nuremberg. Some people buy Mr. Brainwash’s works simply as an investment, although the images are far too good to be used simply as capital investment.
In February 2010, the second “Life Is Beautiful: Icons” exhibition opened in New York on 1,400 m2 and sold out after a few days.
Many exhibitions followed in England, Germany, France and more recently in Seoul. A long interview has just been published in Paris Match.
Using stenciled graffiti as well as screen prints and Warhol-like pop culture motifs, the artist brought urban street art into the living room, merging the two art movements. Surprising works such as Juxtapose, FYD Everyday Life, Einstein, Kate Moss, Life is Beautiful or Balloon Girl mix garish colors in any combination with sometimes controversial content. All executed in mixed techniques with spray paint, painting and collage technique and enriched with ironic allusions, behind which often hides a politico-social message.