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b. 1966, France

Mr. Brainwash Biography

Internationally recognised for his humorous take on the historical, Mr Brainwash imaginatively constructs and alters traditional portraits by incorporating cartoonish iconography and graffiti-inspired slogans. 

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Initially carving out a name for himself as a prominent member in the street art movement- “the street is open to everyone, it's the biggest gallery we can get, with very few rules” – Mr Brainwash has long been motivated by the credence that “art shouldn’t be serious.” Believing his job as an artist is to promote positivity, ideas of freedom and love form the basis of all of his works and many of his artworks often repeat the same few mantras: ‘Life is Beautiful’; ‘Never, Never Give Up’ and ‘Follow Your Dreams.’ “I’m not too much of a snob about the art world, I’m just somebody who makes it fun.”

Known for recreating famous works by other artists such as Picasso and Matisse to Jeff Koons and Keith Haring, Mr Brainwash’s work exists in a paradigm between the past and the present; suspending time for every viewer that stands before his work. “I’m looking at the past and I’m taking from the past, but I’m also bringing something new back and trying to give it another way of being. Art for me is all about freedom, that freedom of expression.”

Debuting his first show in 2008 in Los Angeles, Mr Brainwash has gone on to have successful solo shows at Taglialatella Gallery in New York and Maddox Gallery in London. Now acquired by major collectors and auction houses, in 2009, Madonna commissioned him to design the cover of her greatest hits compilation, ‘Celebration' and in 2011, he was personally selected by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to direct their album launch campaign.

Text courtesy Maddox Gallery.

Mr. Brainwash Featured Artworks

Chaplin & Kid by Mr. Brainwash contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Mr. BrainwashChaplin & Kid, 2019Silkscreen and mixed media on canvas
137 x 91 cm
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Work Well Together by Mr. Brainwash contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Mr. BrainwashWork Well Together, 2019Neon lightbulb and mixed media on canvas
144 x 118 x 6 cm
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Chaplin by Mr. Brainwash contemporary artwork painting, print
Mr. BrainwashChaplin, 2018Neon lightbulb, mixed media on street signs and fibreglass brick wall
203 x 193 x 6 cm
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Mickey & Minnie by Mr. Brainwash contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print
Mr. BrainwashMickey & Minnie, 2017Silkscreen and mixed media on paper
96 x 96 cm
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Mr. Brainwash Represented By

Maddox Gallery contemporary art gallery in Maddox Street, London, United Kingdom Maddox Gallery Gstaad, London, Los Angeles
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