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Mr. Brainwash

Don't Be Cruel (Red Gun), 2008

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Details

Lot 46
Screenprint and spray paint on hand-torn textured archival art paper
36.0 x 24.0 in (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
Edition of 200
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto; thumb-printed and dated on verso

Location

This work ships from the United States.


Description

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. Making a larger political statement of consumerism and celebrities, Elvis "the King" Presley is seen here holding a machine gun as a guitar.


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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.