One of the world’s most collectable and provocative contemporary artists, Mr Brainwash, flies from LA to the UK to launch his eagerly awaited, new exhibition this month – and he’ll make his way to Birmingham on April 26.
The pop art phenomenon – AKA Thierry Guetta – will make a personal appearance at the launch of the Clarendon Fine Art show; one of his most audacious yet, appropriating and reinterpreting the classics and offering his signature, subversive and playful takes on the modern world.
The high impact and high value new collection is rich in styles and themes, including pop culture sculptures like Life is Beautiful, which became his catchphrase after his legendary LA exhibition of the same name catapulted him to fame in 2008, making history as the most highly attended private exhibition of all time with more than 50,000 visitors and artwork selling for six figures.
The show will unveil large-scale statement pieces, brick artwork celebrating his street art origins, painted balloon sculptures, neon mirror artworks, “vandalised” frames liberating art from canvases, and paper originals deconstructing popular culture.
Mr Brainwash will also be releasing two exclusive, limited editions, Long Live the King and Power to the People. Long Live the King commemorates the coronation of King Charles III and is the partner piece to the Platinum Jubilee Queen of Hearts editions, which are already being collected for double their original price.
Power to the People is Mr Brainwash’s bold, new depiction of the Battersea Power Station – where he will hold a show before coming to Birmingham – emblazoned with his graffiti, a Life is Beautiful neon and with nods to Pink Floyd’s iconic Animals album artwork and Banksy, who directed the Oscar-nominated Exit through the Gift Shop documentary, charting Mr Brainwash’s meteoric rise to fame.
Clarendon Fine Art has been Mr Brainwash’s exclusive UK gallery representative since 2020 and their CEO, Helen Swaby says: “His work is an orchestrated collision of street and pop art, built around messages of hope, that has challenged cultural norms and made him a global street art phenomenon.”
After starring in Banksy’s 2010 documentary, Mr Brainwash said:
“Banksy captured me becoming an artist. In the end, I became his biggest work of art.”
Since then, Mr Brainwash has designed album covers for Madonna, Rick Ross and Michael Jackson, collaborated with everybody from Mercedes-Benz, the Beckhams, First Lady Michelle Obama – for her Let Girls Learn organisation – and Pope Francis for his Scholas youth foundation. And he is changing the face of street art in the UK with his unique brand of positivity.