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Mr. Brainwash
'Keep It Real Monkey' Unique Street Pop Art Painting, 2021

2021

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The graffiti street-art meets fine-art 'Keep It Real' Monkey is a pop art acrylic, stencil, and mixed media painting on paper, created in 2021 by contemporary street-artist, Mr. Brainwash. The bold stenciled text, layers of vibrantly colored collage, and saturated dripping paint creates the spontaneous composition of the quintessential Mr. Brainwash artwork. The french contemporary artist references pop culture iconography from art history and beyond to create a visual commentary that transcends time and art trend. Mr. Brainwash has become well known in particular for his iconic mixture of fine art references, paying homage to the blue chip masters such as, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The work also incorporates nostalgic cartoons including Schulz's Peanuts and the instantly recognizable Campbell's Soup iconography. This unique fine art painting is a brilliant mix of both the underground and gallery art worlds with exciting color palette, charismatic uplifting text and distinctive Mr. Brainwash motif. Utilizing phrases such as, "Follow Your Dreams", "Life Is Beautiful", and "Never Never Give Up" the Artist aims to share positivity with his viewers and ignite inspiration for living a happy life. Signed by the Artist on the right side and on verso, the piece arrives ready-to-install in a custom made glossy white lacquer frame and is finished with museum caliber non-glare UV protective glass and hooks on reverse. Mr. Brainwash is a French street pop artist and videographer known for his large-scale installations and prints of celebrities like Madonna, Kate Moss, and Marilyn Monroe. His practice of subverting cultural iconography and appropriation borrows from Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Bansky. Fellow street artist Alec Monopoly has said that he considers Mr. Brainwash a mentor. He is perhaps best known for his role in the creation of Banksy’s documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ (2010), which features Mr. Brainwash’s rise to success in the street art scene. Much like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol, Mr. Brainwash's popularity in pop art happened almost overnight after the premiere of the film, in which he remarks, “Banksy captured me becoming an artist,” Mr. Brainwash has said. “In the end, I became his biggest work of art.” Born Thierry Guetta, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 15, where he attended high school before dropping out. The artist later ran a successful vintage clothing store in the city. His interest in street art was spurred by a visit to France in 1999, where he learned that his cousin was the famed graffiti artist Space Invader. Having developed a knack for filming, Mr. Brainwash started to record the nightly escapades of Invader and other street artists, such as Shepard Fairey. In 2013, he was included in the exhibition “Art Wars” at Saatchi Gallery in London. Mr. Brainwash has since developed an exceptional international reputation beyond hype-culture, his followers are captivated by his use of positive messages, uplifting outlook, and retrospection of life through street and contemporary art alike in which his global growing fan-base can't get enough. In present day, Mr. Brainwash's international fan base of collectors has propelled his blue chip artwork into the upper tier of desirability where he has joined the ranks of contemporary pop art masters such as KAWS, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jeff Koons.

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