Hardly any other street art artist has experienced such a rapid rise as the Frenchman Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash, born in Garges-lès-Gonesse in 1966. His path to becoming the most successful artist of recent years is closely linked to the name Banksy and his Oscar-winning film “Exit Through the Gift Shop”: In this documentary Banksy encourages the then still unknown Guetta to become active as an artist himself under the pseudonym Mr. Brainwash. The rumor that the Frenchman Mr. Brainwash is a purely fictitious person invented by Banksy is therefore persistent. Of course, this has been refuted for a long time, as Mr. Brainwash has meanwhile appeared in public several times and received awards. Mr. Brainwash has also been designing huge murals in New York in memory of the 9/11 attacks.
The lavish use of spray paint has become his trademark.
In February 2020, Mr. Brainwash announced that the former Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, designed by architect Richard Meier in 1996, would be temporarily converted into his own museum. The Mr. Brainwash Gallery Collection will be presented there. His most successful major works are “Einstein – Love is the Answer”, “Kate Moss”, “Everyday Life – Follow your Dreams”, “Juxtapose”, “Never give up” and “Life is Beautiful” alongside “Balloon Girl”. The works of Mr. Brainwash are almost always unique, rarely there are also limited editions. GALERIE FRANK FLUEGEL receives all original works directly from the artist’s studio in West Hollywood / Los Angeles. Many of Mr. Brainwash originals have already been successfully sold at high prices at international auctions. In 2020 the gallery has published the edition “Stay Strong” in cooperation with Mr. Brainwash, which is exclusively available. The gallery has represented the street art artist in German-speaking countries since 2012 and was the first gallery to present Mr. Brainwash work in Germany. Several exhibitions have already been presented in the gallery rooms in Nuremberg and Kitzbuehel, an Austrian Ski resort.
An investment in works of art by Mr. Brainwash, no matter whether originals, unique pieces or limited editions is therefore always sensible, as the works can retain or even increase their value. Numerous works have already been successfully auctioned at Sotheby’s or Phillips auctions. Based on the motto of Mr. Brainwash: Dream Big Dreams.
It has now been one year since NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in the helicopter crash in Calabasas.
The worldwide outpouring of grief culminated in countless murals (murals) by artists around the world walls in cities with beautiful tributes to Kobe Bryant. One of the most notable was a huge work by Mr. Brainwash on South La Brea Avenue.
French artist Thierry Guetta, a.k.a. Mr. Brainwash, who became known for his appearance in Banksy’s film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), is getting his own documentary. The feature-length film comes from OBB Pictures and is directed by Michael D. Ratner, who also directed a feature on Justin Bieber.
The film, “Mr. Brainwash,” will use never-before-seen archival footage to document Thierry Guetta’s journey from obscurity to worldwide street art phenomenon. The documentary will feature interviews with Banksy and other major figures in the street art scene, and will show an insight into Thierry Guetta’s life and his collaborations with Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Pope. The film also explores the roots of Mr. Brainwash’s identity and questions our fascination with art, talent, and ubiquity while serving as a critique of modern art.
Life is Beautiful, First Solo Show, Hollywood 2008
Life is Beautiful, Icons, New York City 2010
Under Construction – Mr. Brainwash, Miami 2010
Life is Beautiful, Art Show, Los Angeles 2011
Life is Beautiful, Solo Show, London Olympic Games 2012
From the Gallery Collection – Mr. Brainwash, Galerie Frank Fluegel, 2012
Life is Beautiful, Seoul, South Korea 2016
„Mr. Brainwash artworks presented by GALERIE FRANK FLUEGEL“, 2017
„Mr. Brainwash meets Kitzbuehel“ , 2018
“Mr. Brainwash Life is Beautiful” Shinsaibashi PARCO, Osaka, Japan, 2020
Mr. Brainwash - At GALERIE FRANK FLUEGEL you will find a selection of unique works by Mr. Brainwash.