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Mr. Brainwash

Mr. Brainwash

United States • Born in: 1966

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Mr. Brainwash, the pseudonym for Thierry Guetta was born near Paris, in Sarcelles in 1966. At the age of 15, he moved to Los Angeles with his father, brothers, and sisters after their mother passed away. A video maker and pop art artist, his works are mostly in stencil or graffiti.

He took lessons at Fairfax High school for about a year but dropped out of high school to organize Hollywood events. He began selling vintage clothes in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

He had a ticking in 1999 for street art, during a trip to France to visit his cousin, Space Invader, a Parisian street artist. Thierry Guetta has a passion for video and therefore began filming all the breaks, accompanied by other street artists, like Shepard Fairey or Wevs. At this moment, the videos weren't meant to be seen. He began graffiti and became Mr. Brainwash. His universe is made up of Banksy's stencils and images of Andy Warhol.

In 2009, he met the British artist Banksy and helps him launch his exhibition: Barely Legal in Los Angeles, this event attracted celebrities and art dealers. The two artists decided to realize a documentary on the world of street artists, which was a mystery up till now. The images which were shot before were then shown along with Invader, Banksy, and Mr. Brainwash.

Due to this collaboration, the doc-fiction “Exit Through the Gift Shop" (ou Faites le Mur !) was born, nominated for an Oscar, presented in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film presents the meteoric rise of Mr. Brainwash on the street art scene, and his works being sold for phenomenal sums, like his Jim Morrison portrait sold for 100 000 $ or Charlie Chaplin for 50 000 $. After the movie's success, Mr. Brainwash's work becomes much more popular.

But the story can be seen the other way around. It was shown that Mr. Brainwash isn't a fictitious character, he did put together the movie. The fiction caught up with reality, making Mr. Brainwash a true actor in the art industry.

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Je t'aime Splash Blue, 2018 8.7 x 6.7 x 1.8 inch Sculpture

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Mr. Brainwash, Helping Hand, Painting

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Helping Hand, 2020 22 x 30 inch Painting

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Mr. Brainwash, Balloon Girl, Painting

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Balloon Girl, 2020 20 x 16 inch Painting

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Mr. Brainwash, Everyday life, Painting

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Everyday life, 2021 30.3 x 22 x 0.8 inch Painting

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Mr. Brainwash, Love Splash, Print

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Love Splash, 2010 22 x 22 x 1 inch Print

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Mr. Brainwash, Balloon Girl, Painting

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Balloon Girl, 2022 50 x 38 inch Painting

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Mr. Brainwash, Art is not a Crime, Sculpture

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Art is not a Crime, 2021 6.5 x 8.3 x 1.6 inch Sculpture

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Mr. Brainwash, Je t'aime Splash Multicolor, Sculpture

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Je t'aime Splash Multicolor, 2018 8.7 x 6.7 x 1.8 inch Sculpture

£2,248

Mr. Brainwash, Je t'aime Splash White - Pink, Sculpture

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Je t'aime Splash White - Pink, 2018 8.7 x 6.7 x 1.8 inch Sculpture

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Mr. Brainwash, Never give up, Print

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Never give up, 2018 22.4 x 26.4 x 0.1 inch Print

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Mr. Brainwash, Bowie, Print

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Bowie, 2016 22.4 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch Print

£2,248

Mr. Brainwash, Pele The King, Print

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Pele The King, 2016 22.6 x 30.1 x 0.4 inch Print

£2,421

Mr. Brainwash, Stay Strong, Print

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Stay Strong, 2020 30 x 22 inch Print

£1,383

Mr. Brainwash, President's Day - Bandana, Print

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President's Day - Bandana, 2018 22 x 18 x 0.1 inch Print

£1,815

Mr. Brainwash, Stay Safe (Yellow), Print

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Stay Safe (Yellow), 2020 22 x 22 inch Print

£2,482

Mr. Brainwash, Stay Safe (Blue), Print

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Stay Safe (Blue), 2020 22 x 22 inch Print

£2,482

Mr. Brainwash, King James, Print

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King James, 2021 32 x 24 inch Print

£2,421

Mr. Brainwash, Kiss the Beatles, Print

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Kiss the Beatles, 2010 22 x 22 x 1 inch Print

£819

Mr. Brainwash, Jimi - Blue, Print

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Jimi - Blue, 2015 30 x 22 x 0.4 inch Print

£1,167

Our recommendations Mr. Brainwash, John Lennon, Print

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John Lennon, 2007 30 x 22.25 inch Print

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Mr. Brainwash, Zune Squad, Print

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Zune Squad, 2021 24 x 17.3 inch Print

£2,593

Mr. Brainwash, President's Day - Punk, Print

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President's Day - Punk, 2018 22 x 18 x 0.1 inch Print

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Mr. Brainwash, Self Discovery, Print

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Self Discovery, 2022 22 x 30 inch Print

£1,448 £1,231

Mr. Brainwash, Jailhouse Pop (hand-finished), Print

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Jailhouse Pop (hand-finished), 2019 22 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch Print

£2,096

Mr. Brainwash, Recovery Plan, Print

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Recovery Plan, 2010 22 x 30 x 0.4 inch Print

£1,210

Mr. Brainwash, Self-discovery, Print

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Self-discovery, 2022 22 x 29.9 x 0 inch Print

£2,161

Mr. Brainwash, Golden girl, Print

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Golden girl, 2022 20 x 16.1 x 0 inch Print

£1,729

Mr. Brainwash, Marilyn, Painting

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Marilyn, 2016 22.4 x 22.4 inch Painting

£3,026

Mr. Brainwash, Franklin Incognito, Print

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Franklin Incognito, 2019 21.75 x 17.5 inch Print

£2,151

Mr. Brainwash, Miles Davis, Print

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Miles Davis, 2015 22.5 x 30 inch Print

£3,062

Mr. Brainwash, A Good Day's Flight, Print

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A Good Day's Flight, 2009 22 x 30 x 1 inch Print

£3,724

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Mr. Brainwash, the pseudonym for Thierry Guetta was born near Paris, in Sarcelles in 1966. At the age of 15, he moved to Los Angeles with his father, brothers, and sisters after their mother passed away. A video maker and pop art artist, his works are mostly in stencil or graffiti.

He took lessons at Fairfax High school for about a year but dropped out of high school to organize Hollywood events. He began selling vintage clothes in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

He had a ticking in 1999 for street art, during a trip to France to visit his cousin, Space Invader, a Parisian street artist. Thierry Guetta has a passion for video and therefore began filming all the breaks, accompanied by other street artists, like Shepard Fairey or Wevs. At this moment, the videos weren't meant to be seen. He began graffiti and became Mr. Brainwash. His universe is made up of Banksy's stencils and images of Andy Warhol.

In 2009, he met the British artist Banksy and helps him launch his exhibition: Barely Legal in Los Angeles, this event attracted celebrities and art dealers. The two artists decided to realize a documentary on the world of street artists, which was a mystery up till now. The images which were shot before were then shown along with Invader, Banksy, and Mr. Brainwash.

Due to this collaboration, the doc-fiction “Exit Through the Gift Shop" (ou Faites le Mur !) was born, nominated for an Oscar, presented in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film presents the meteoric rise of Mr. Brainwash on the street art scene, and his works being sold for phenomenal sums, like his Jim Morrison portrait sold for 100 000 $ or Charlie Chaplin for 50 000 $. After the movie's success, Mr. Brainwash's work becomes much more popular.

But the story can be seen the other way around. It was shown that Mr. Brainwash isn't a fictitious character, he did put together the movie. The fiction caught up with reality, making Mr. Brainwash a true actor in the art industry.

What is Mr. Brainwash’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Pop Culture Street Artists, Satirical street artists

When was Mr. Brainwash born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1966