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Mr. Brainwash: Banksy’s Street-Art Protégé

Who is Mr. Brainwash? 

Mr. Brainwash was born in Garges-les-Gonesse, Paris, France but relocated to Los Angeles when he was 15-years old. His interest in graffiti was spurred by a visit to France in 1999, where he learned that his cousin was the infamous street artist Space Invader. Having developed a knack for filming, Mr. Brainwash started to record the nightly escapades of Space Invader and other street artists such as Shepherd Fairey, whose OBEY posters appear in many cities across the globe. 

“His signature style pitches somewhere between Banksy’s black and white stencils and Andy Warhol’s colourful prints.” – The Independent 

In 2008, Mr. Brainwash made his art show debut with one of Los Angeles’ most memorable solo exhibitions: Life is Beautiful, held at the historic CBS Studios on Sunset Boulevard. It featured over 100 works, including a 20-foot robot made of old televisions, a life-size recreation of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and a pyramid made of 20,000 books, and had fans queuing around the block to get in on its opening night. 

He came up with his street pseudonym Mr. Brainwash:

“It’s just a name. But the more I go on I feel brainwashed. A Picasso brainwashes you, a Banksy brainwashes you.” – Mr. Brainwash

 

Mr. Brainwash & Banksy

In 2009, Mr. Brainwash met with Banksy and assisted him in launching his Los Angeles show Barely Legal, which was attended by notable celebrities and art collectors. The two artists decided to make a documentary detailing life in the secretive graffiti art scene. The documentary would include shots of Invader taken by Banksy and Mr. Brainwash himself. 

Banksy Exit Through the Gift Shop limited movie poster

The result was the Oscar-nominated documentary Exit through the Gift Shopwhich debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film depicts the meteoric rise of Mr. Brainwash in the street art scene, with some of his works such as the portrait of Jim Morrison, selling for $100,000 and his Charlie Chaplin painting estimated to be worth $50,000 – $70,000. 

Following the success of the film, Mr. Brainwash gained massive following, having brought his street art to six continents and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to his massive, multi-storey warehouse solo art shows. He has created artwork and album campaigns for Madonna, Michael Jackson, Rick Ross, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and others. 

 

Mr. Brainwash Prints Available at Imitate Modern

Obama Marilyn, 2008

by Mr. Brainwash

Screenprint

30 x 22 in

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Britney Marilyn, 2008

by Mr. Brainwash

Screenprint

30 x 22 in

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Nicholson Marilyn, 2008

by Mr. Brainwash

33 x 20 in

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Andy Warhol Marilyn, 2010

by Mr. Brainwash

Screenprint

15 1/2 x 15 1/2 in

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Mona Lisa Barcode, 2008

by Mr. Brainwash

Screenprint

33 x 2o in

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Whistler’s Mother Barcode, 2008

by Mr. Brainwash

Screenprint

33 x 20 in 

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Freedom Kiss Barcode, 2008

by Mr. Brainwash

Screenprint

33 x 20 in

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We also have a selection of Mr. Brainwash Tomato Soup Cans available in different colours.

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