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Lithograph on paper. Featuring portrait of Mona Lisa with grid lines. Signed M-Brainwash and inscribed 17/100 on the lower right and lower left corner, respectively. Stamped Original serigraphy and inscribed #190 on verso. Attributed to Mr. Brainwash (born 1966, French). 29 x 21 cm (11.4 x 8.3 inches)

Mr. Brainwash (born 1966) is a French street 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 Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), which features Mr. Brainwash’s rise to success in the street art scene. “Banksy captured me becoming an artist,” Mr. Brainwash has said. “In the end, I became his biggest work of art.” Born Thierry Guetta on November 11, 1966 in Garges-lès-Gonesse, France, 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. The artist currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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Circle of [Artist Name] : A work of the period of the artist showing his influence, closely associated with the artist but not necessarily his pupil.

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American, 19th century : This work was executed by an unknown hand, and can only be identified by origin (i.e., region, period).

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Mr. Brainwash French Pop Signed Litho 17/100

Estimate $600 - $900Jan 16, 2020
Starting Price $250
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