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Mr. Brainwash (French, b.1966)
LOT ID: 67938
Tomato Spray, 2008

28.5 х 20.5 in. (72.39 x 52.07 cm.)
Signed, numbered and dated "Mr. Brainwash, '08, 2/3" on verso and "MBW", lower right edge.
Edition 2/3
Lot description
This screenprint by notorious street artist Mr. Brainwash displays his classic ‘Tomato Spray’ imagery, from an incredibly small edition of 3. Mr. Brainwash often employs classic American pop motifs and re-invents them into aerosol cans, the signature medium of contemporary urban artists. His hybrid canisters have used Morton’s Salt, Heinz ketchup bottles, Hershey’s chocolate bars, Starbuck’s coffee cups, and Gold Medal flour, among other items of iconic pop culture imagery.

Mr. Brainwash (MBW), otherwise known as Thierry Guetta is one of California’s most prolific street artists. Originally an eccentric French videographer, MBW began his career in 1999 documenting the lives and work of various street artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey. Shortly after his initial introduction to Banksy, Mr. Brainwash made the decision to transition between voyeur of the arts to practical artist. MBW’s uniformly subversive style fuses historic pop imagery and contemporary cultural iconography to create his own pop art, graffiti hybrid. The development of this style has catapulted the once rising street artist to international stardom. MBW’s first solo show “Life is Beautiful” was held in LA in June 2008, the exhibition featured over 100 works in a 15,000ft sq TV studio. Since then MBW has collaborated with Madonna on her greatest hits album cover as well as numerous other street artists on the development of the street art film, “Exit through the Gift Shop”. Mr. Brainwash currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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