Juxtapose with Mickey, 2023

by Mr Brainwash

Painting : acrylic, Stencil, mixed media

96.5 x 127 cm 38 x 50 inch

$24,968

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Painting: acrylic, Stencil, mixed media

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96.5 x 127 cm 38 x 50 inch Height x Width x Depth

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Artwork location: Germany

Juxtapose literally means putting things next to each other that do not belong together. So you can find almost all figures from the well-known works of Mr. Brainwash in this unique piece. Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, “Love is he Answer” and “Life is Beautiful”. Juxtapose has a long tradition with Mr. Brainwash, because there is always a potpourri of motives on the many large murals he created from Mexico to Seoul and Hong Kong.

A decade ago the documentary film Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy and nominated for an Oscar, premiered and catapulted Mr. Brainwash to world fame. In the meantime, it can be said that the film that was actually supposed to tell Banksy’s story is the story of Thierry Guetta alias Mr. Brainwash. Thierry Guetta, this unknown man who filmed street artists in Los Angeles for years until he became one himself and earned over $1 million with a monumental exhibition in a former CBS studio in the heart of the City of Angels. Today the child of Garges-lès-Gonesse is the friend of All-Hollywood, he is invited by the Dalai Lama and the Pope to do their portraits.

He explains his motto “Life is Beautiful” in an interview with Paris Match in June 2019 as follows:

“Art is a weapon. To be able to share, to give, especially to love, is the most beautiful weapon. It is not just a phrase or a sculpture, it is a medicine for the brain, for thinking.” He himself lives the American dream. He says so himself:

“When I won a Spirit Award, I saw myself again as a little boy in my Paris suburb, I must have been 9 years old, and I wondered what I was going to do with my life. These are the tricks that life can play on you! From where I come from to where I am today, not even a plane can take you there!”

Besides Madonna for whom he created the cover of the Celebration album, he now works for Hublot, Mercedes and other companies. On March 21, 2019 Mr. Brainwash met the Pope again in Rome and in December 2019, in cooperation with Pope Francis, he created for the third time an artwork entitled “Pope Art”. Mr. Brainwash has long worked with other stars for charity, including Rick Ross, football player Pele, Stan Lee, Michelle Obama, LA Clippers and many others. Besides Art Basel in Miami and Hong Kong, he also creates regular Juxtapose murals for the AMFAR Gala. His latest project is a huge mural on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, which was unveiled in July 2020. In early 2020, Mr. Brainwash announced the opening of a pop-up museum in Beverly Hills. It opened in the Paley Center for Media designed by Richard Meier in 2022. “We need positivity,” Guetta says about the pictures on the mural. “We are not just Los Angeles, we are a family today. We’re all together. We all have problems, but we will solve them all together. We will do better together. Los Angeles, it’s a family.” In an interview with the Los Angeles magazine on the occasion of the “Best of LA” issue, he repeats his creed – “You really have to follow your heart, because love is the answer” – but he also has a bigger message he wants to share with people. “Anyone can make it happen. Everyone is beautiful and can show light to everyone,” says Guetta. “This is what happened to me. I am no better than anyone else. I’m no more artistic than anyone else. I just don’t give up. I just work and let it happen. So, don’t give up. You’re beautiful and you can do something different in this world, just believe in it because you have the talent.

The mural is located at 1255 S. La Brea Avenue in Mid-Wilshire. Juxtapose by Mr. Brainwash is for sure one of the most typical works of Street Art.  In winter 2024/2025 FRANK FLUEGEL GALERIE shows new unique artworks and paintings by Mr. Brainwash in the world famous skiresort Kitzbuehel / Austria like every year.

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Mr Brainwash, Juxtapose with Mickey

Mr Brainwash

United States  • 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. The artist began selling vintage clothes in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

Mr Brainwash had a ticking in 1999 for street art, during a trip to France to visit his cousin, Space Invader, a Parisian street artist. He 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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