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Mr. Brainwash


Mr. Brainwash is the pseudonym of Paris-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and street artist Thierry Guetta, according to the Banksy-directed film Exit Through the Gift Shop. MBW (as he is known) fuses historic pop imagery with contemporary cultural iconography to create his own “Pop–Graffiti” art. In 2009
he designed the cover art for Madonna’s much publicized
greatest hits album Celebration, and his image of Madonna
covered streets all over the world.

It seems that one cannot discuss MBW without referencing Banksy, undoubtedly the most important and provocative street artist to emerge on the global stage. Banksy’s true identity is still unknown after 20 years on the graffiti scene, which only adds to the intrigue that surrounds his work. Since the release of Exit Through The Gift Shop, there has been much speculation that the film and story of MBW is an invention by Banksy and rumors have circulated that Mr. Brainwash is a front for Banksy.

MBW’s highly recognizable images and signature style have catapulted him into international superstardom, including a recent performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and
being featured on the Hulu series A Day In The Life hosted by Oscar- nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

Samuel Owen Gallery is thrilled to share the work of such a prominent, though controversial, street artist as with the Greenwich community.