Everyday Life, 2016 (WBX062)
Stencil, Mischtechnik auf Holzpaletten
152 x 127 x 18 cm
Mr. BrainwashBanksy Thrower, 2014
Stencil, Mischtechnik auf Leinwand
91 x 91 cm
AnfragenBanksy Thrower, 2015
Stencil, Mixed media on Canvas
106.6 x 106.6 cm
Acryl, Neon-Glühbirne auf Plexiglas
88 x 92 cm
Mickey & Minnie, 2016 (P100655)
Siebdruck, Mischtechnik auf Papier
60 x 122 cm, Dyptich
Einstein, 2017 (P101587)
Siebdruck, Mischtechnik auf Papier
76 x 57 cm
Kate Moss, 2016 (P100197)
Siebdruck, Mischtechnik auf Papier
56 x 56 cm
Life is Beautiful, 2017
44.5 x 28 x 10 cm
Mr. Brainwash’s first solo show, Life is Beautiful, opened in the summer of 2008. Mounted in a former T.V. stu- dio in Hollywood, it was the perfect place for the arrival of the art scene’s rambunctious new player. The show was so eagerly antici- pated that it garnered the cover of LA Weekly, one of Los Angeles’ most circu- lated publications. Life is Beautiful opened with a tremendous thunder, attracting thousands of people who lined the streets around the block. Featuring a 20-foot robot, a pyramid made of 20,000 books and a life-size recreation of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks,” Life is Beautiful was an extremely successful debut. The show extended for three months, attracting a total of 50,000 visitors, and went on to become one of the most memorable solo shows in LA’s Art history. This was just the beginning.
New York was the next stop. In 2010, Mr. Brainwash invaded the Meatpacking District with Icons, his first New York solo show. This show was bigger than ever, covering a 15,000 square foot, multi-story warehouse. The downstairs displayed Mr. Brainwash’s evocative portraits of music legends, constructed from bits of broken records. The exhibit also featured a 10-foot tall boom box and a life-size NYC taxicab in Matchbox toy car packaging. Scheduled for 3 months, Icons was so popular that it was extended for another 6 months, as Icons Remixed, with new installations, Mr. Brainwash had now shown both coasts the force of his solo exhibitions. Prestigious auction houses and collectors, including Christie’s and Phillips de Pury, took notice by putting his work in high-profile auctions.
Mr. Brainwash then set off to Miami for one of the art world’s most re- spected Art Fair, Art Basel. Without any announcement or notice, Mr.Brainwash took over a 25,000 square foot building in South Beach with a colorful pop up show entitled, Under Construction. The show was his trademark style, playful and positive, but on a huge scale. Once the show opened, it exploded, becoming the must-see attraction at Art Basel.
Mr. Brainwash continued to bring his art all over the world, making his Canadian debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Mr. Brainwash’s instal- lations were placed all over the city. They included his signature 8-foot tall spray can sculptures, each one a different film genre, and life-size Canadian Mounties cutouts, armed with boom mics and cameras. In addition, he created all of the Street marketing material for the Grace Kelly TIFF exhibition: “Movie star to Princess”. Everywhere Mr. Brainwash went, he was able to create a pop art con- versation with the city he was creating for.
Mr. Brainwash headed back to Miami for Art Basel in 2011 with a new show, Un- titled. Occupying the same South Beach space, he constructed a vibrant world of fiberglass sculpture and mixed media can- vases. Again, the show was a huge hit, at- tracting big collectors, worldwide galleries and celebrities, it defines Mr. Brainwash as one of the most popular and relevant artist of today.
As the year came to a close, Mr. Brainwash returned to the home of his first solo show, Los Angeles, with Art Show 2011. This show was his biggest yet, taking over an 80,000 square foot building in the center of the city. Each day, thousands of people flocked to see this thrilling monster of a show, which embraced Los Angeles, the epicenter of pop.
In addition to being able to attend the show, Mr. Brainwash also gave art- ists the opportunity to be a part of the show. For the exhibition, he donated over 20,000 square feet of space to showcase donated works from around the globe. Artists were invited to mail in their art or install the artworks themselves.
When the Summer Olympics arrived in 2012, and the whole world had its eye on London, Mr. Brainwash made his UK debut by invading The Old Sorting Post Office, a colossal space, steps from the British Museum. His love of British pop culture icons rang out through the streets, as Mr. Brainwash adorned the side of the Sorting Office with a 6 story tall Queen Elizabeth II, in her coronation attire, holding a Union Jack spray can.
The show was a retrospective and a re interpretation of his classic and iconic im- ages. Large crowds filled the gigantic space each day. It became Mr. Brainwash’s most attended show to date.
By 2013, Mr. Brainwash was truly one of the most in-demand artists, worldwide. He contin- ued to play with pop culture and designed the décor for Seth McFarlane’s exclusive Oscar Party. He adorned the party space with his Rockwell, Botero, and Degas re-imaginations, as well as playful, large-scale sculptures.
2013 also saw Mr. Brainwash’s triumphant return to Art Basel. Taking up residency in Gale South Beach on Collins Avenue, a hotel on one of the most iconic streets in Miami, Mr. Brain- wash staged a pop art takeover by installing large-scale oil paintings and sculptures, including a 3 story tall Mona Lisa with a Mohawk.
In addition to the art and film communities, Mr. Brainwash is also an in-demand name in the music industry. He has designed art for the album campaigns of some of the world’s most in- fluential artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and recently Rick Ross to name a few. In 2013, in collaboration with the Hard Rock Hotel, Mr. Brainwash attacked the pulse of the music industry: Coachella. He adorned the festival with towering murals, adding an addition- al element of surprise and wonder and solidifying his already strong connection to music.
Madonna approached him, again, and asked Mr. Brainwash to take part in another collaboration, this time the opening of her gym, Hard Candy Fitness in Toronto. The Hard Candy Fitness opening featured the live on-site creation of an 11 by 30-foot Madonna mural, designed by Mr. Brainwash.
2010 saw the release of one of the most talked-about documentaries in years, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Using footage shot by Mr. Brainwash himself, and directed by fellow street artist, Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop followed the evolution of street art, with Mr. Brainwash at the center of it all. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and received nu- merous prizes, including an Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Documen- tary.’ The success of Exit Through the Gift Shop catapulted Mr. Brainwash to worldwide fame as he persisted in breaking down pop art’s walls.
The film not only became an instant cult classic but was also considered as one of the best movies of 2010, winning several awards and being nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD®.
Winner ‘Best Documentary’ Independent Spirit Awards 2011
Winner ‘Best Nonfiction Feature’ Cinema Eye Awards 2011
Winner ‘Best Edited Documentary’ American Cinema Editors Awards 2011
Winner ‘Most Entertaining Doc’ Grierson British Documentary Award 2010
Winner ‘Best Documentary’ Washington DC Area Film Critics Award 2010
Winner ‘Best Documentary’ New York Film Critics Online Award 2010
Winner ‘Best 1st Feature’ Toronto Film Critics Award 2010
Winner ‘Best Documentary’ Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2010
Winner ‘Best Documentary’ Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2010
Winner ‘Best First Feature’ LA Weekly/Village Voice Film Poll 2010
Winner ‘Best Documentary’ LA Weekly/Village Voice Film Poll 2010
Winner ‘Best Documentary’ San Diego Film Critics Award