THE MADDOX GALLERY PRESENTS LA-BASED STREET ARTIST MR BRAINWASH
Maddox Gallery London is delighted to present new work by world renowned street artist Mr Brainwash. Keep Smiling will be the Los Angeles-based artist's first UK exhibition for six years and will be exhibited across Maddox Gallery’s three London locations in Mayfair and Westbourne Grove. A provocative figure in the world of street art, Mr. Brainwash is known for his irreverent brand of appropriation and Keep Smiling is injected with his trademark undercurrent of mischief, humour and optimism. Classical paintings are playfully transformed while ornate mirrors are struck with flashes of neon and vibrant painted messages.
Ten Facts About Mr Brainwash
1.) Known for his cartoonish take on the historical, Mr Brainwash mischievously alters traditional impressionist style paintings and historical portraits by adding contemporary iconography.
2.) Mr Brainwash originally shot to stardom when he was featured in the Academy Award nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.
3.) He is considered one of the very few street artists whose work has risen to the level of collectability.
4.) Mr Brainwash is the moniker of filmmaker and Street Pop artist Thierry Guetta.
5.) He has created instantly recognisable imitations from pop artists like Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat, adding a puckish wink.
6.) Born and raised in France and based in Los Angeles, Mr Brainwash has been pushing pop culture’s boundaries for almost a decade, bringing his art to the street, the gallery and on screen.
7.) The artist works with wheat paste, spray cans, brushes and paint buckets. He started attacking the streets in 2006 with stencils and posters of beloved icons and quickly became a renowned figure in the burgeoning street art scene.
8.) He has created cover artwork, album campaigns, music videos and installations for a variety of the most iconic figures and brands including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Dalai Lama, The White House, Coca Cola, Levis, Mercedes, Product Red and many others.
9.) The artist recently hit the headlines when he painted the Kardashians into a Renoir artwork which went viral.
10.) Whilst in London for the launch of 'Keep Smiling', Mr Brainwash will create an extraordinary new large-scale mural for the capital in April.
The exhibition runs from 20 April – 14 May 2018 at The Maddox Gallery in Westbourne Grove & Maddox Gallery, Mayfair.