If you missed the local opening of Los Angeles-based filmaker and street artist Thierry Guetta, otherwise known as Mr. Brainwash which happened on Februrary 8th, there’s still time to view the artist exhibition at the Bruce Laurie Gallery until March 1st.
*According to the 2010 Banksy-directed film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), Guetta began as a proprietor of a clothing store and amateur videographer who filmed street artists through the 2000s and “evolved” into an artist in his own right in a matter of weeks after an off-hand suggestion from Banksy.
Guetta does not typically have much physical involvement in the construction of the artwork attributed to him; he passes ideas to his creative team, mostly graphic designers who carry out the artistic side instead of Guetta. Mimicking his associate Banksy, Guetta employs famous artistic and historic images, many of which are copyrighted, and amends the originals in sometimes slight, sometimes significant ways.
Mr. Brainwash’s uniformly subversive style fuses historic pop imagery and contemporary cultural iconography to create his own pop–graffiti art hybrid.Working primarily with layers of screenprint and stenciled images, Mr. Brainwash’s compositions are emblematic of a graffiti wall inundated with 20th Century iconography.
Mr. Brainwash is both sly and playful in his juxtaposition of the cultural idols of the past (Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe) with the icons of today (Kate Moss, Madonna). The vibrant palette and references to Pop Artist like Andy Warholand Keith Haring, add a puckish wink to his unique street art style.
To add to his intentionally derivative persona, Mr. Brainwash uses a special signature and authentication on all of his unique artworks. All unique MBW artworks have his mantra “Life is Beautiful”, his thumbprint, hand-signature, and assigned dollar bill number sequence.
The development of this whimsical Pop-Graffiti art style has catapulted MBW to international superstardom, and he continues to garner recognition from art collectors and street art enthusiasts alike.
*(directly referenced from Wikipedia)
Brainwash l Guetta l Hilmersson
February 8th to March 1st
Bruce Lurie Gallery
2736 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034