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Mr. Brainwash

Beatles Bandidos, 2012

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Lot 86
Acrylic and mixed media on paper
28.0 x 47.0 in (71.1 x 119.4 cm)
Signed on recto; signed, dated, inscribed, and thumb-printed on verso


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Merging the influences of street art and Pop, Mr. Brainwash appropriates images from a wide range of sources, from art history to entertainment and consumer culture, subverting their typical meanings and associations through his alterations and juxtapositions. Here, an iconic image of the Beatles is daringly appropriated as the artist masks each member with a gang-style bandana. In a tongue-in-cheek gesture, the darlings of British Pop are disguised as Bandidos gang members. This print is based on his graffiti mural at Holborn, London.

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About Mr. Brainwash

The psuedonym of Thierry Guetta (French, b. 1966), Mr. Brainwash is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Pop artist. Recognized for adding graffiti elements to well-known cultural images and positive messages, he first entered the art scene in 2008 with his solo exhibition ‘Life is Beautiful.’ His work quickly rose to prominence after being featured in Banksy’s documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop,’ which revealed Banksy’s encouragement of Guetta to become an artist. Though rumors circulated that both artists are one and the same, Guetta is much more conspicuous than his mentor and his work exudes playfulness and positivity, even when questioning cultural norms.