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Mr. Brainwash

Tomato Spray (TS12023), 2012

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Lot 6
Screenprint in colors and mixed media on paper
22.0 x 22.0 in (55.9 x 55.9 cm)
Signed, dated, inscribed, and thumb-printed on verso


This work ships from the United Kingdom.


The Street and Pop Art inspired flavor inherent to the art of Mr. Brainwash pays homage to graffiti style art techniques and the work of 20th Century icons like Warhol and Lichtenstein, in equal measure. The present piece superimposes the imagery of a can of spray paint bearing the Campbell’s Soup insignia, with a Mickey Mouse comic strip in the background. Dripping colors and smears of blue paint bedeck the surface of the work.

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About Mr. Brainwash

The pseudonym of Thierry Guetta (French, b. 1966), Mr. Brainwash is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Pop artist who burst onto the scene with his 2008 solo exhibition, “Life is Beautiful”. This exhibition was documented in Banksy’s 2010 film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Guetta’s backstory is famously murky; he has claimed to be an orphan and a cousin of artist Invader, but many people doubt the authenticity of his story. After filming artists such as Shepard Fairey, he only began creating his own work after a suggestion from Banksy. Mr. Brainwash’s art includes paintings and silkscreens of world icons, portraits of music legends constructed of broken records, and large-scale sculptural installations.