Is Banksy actually Mr. Brainwash?
In a world of fake art, forgeries and price fixing at some of the largest auction houses in the world - can an artist be considered a fake? With Banksy's film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" ( www.banksyfilm.com ) the world was introduced to Mr. Brainwash ( www.mrbrainwash.com ) a seeemingly disorganized Frenchman living in LA and making a documentary about street artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey and other less knowns Keith Haring, Invader etc.
|Mr. Brainwash "Captain America" is said to be one of his most important pieces due to the fact that he introduced a creative aspect actually clawing the poster with his fingernails...in otherwords the artist made this with his own hands.|
The camera turns on Mr. Brainwash aka Thierry Guetta and suddenly he becomes the star of the film creating an immense amount of work - some of it light hearted, but other pieces quite powerful and moving. As he proceeds to launch an Herculean and monumental 10,000 sf art exhibition, Mr. Brainwash approach remains flippant and typically attitudinal - almost as if the director is goading the audience to join in making fun of our main character - Mr. Brainwash.
Eventually the movie gets to the real question - can an artist, and more importantly should an artist become famous without the requisite travails of a young artist struggling to survive for years before having a big show. Mr. Brainwash has the show - and the pieces sell out - Banksy is shocked and writes off Mr. Brainwash's success as flash in the pan and unwarranted.
Ultimately, however, Mr. Brainwash proves that his slogans "Never Give Up" and "Follow Your Dreams" are powerful ideas leading to the realization, at least in his case, that: " Anyone can be an artist." - Ecomanta
|Mr. Brainwash was said to be a weak investment, however his pieces are selling at auction houses such as Phillips de Pury at 9 times their estimated value. This "Superman" is estimated at 100,000 according to New York dealers.|
|The iconic phrase by Mr. Brainwash.|
|Mr. Brainwash is doing a series of pieces with celebrities such as Madonna, Jonny Depp, and Kate Moss that they actually endorse and approve of.|
|Inson Wood, a New York City based Interior Designer/ Architect interviewing one of the curators of Mr. Brainwash exhibition at the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich, CT|
|Kate Moss paintings have been some of Mr. Brainwash's best sellers for several years.|
|No longer considered a hoax artist, Mr. Brainwash has had shows in New York, London, Paris, LA and now Greenwich, CT|
|Inson Wood discussing the merits of investing in lesser known emerging artist as a viable alternative to the well known Blue Chip Artists like Banksy, Koons, Murakami, Hirst and Warhol.|
|Larry King and Mr. Brainwash.|
|Mr. Brainwash was hired along with mega super starchitect, Zaha Hadid to make Faberge Eggs.|
|Mr. Brainwash in his natural habitat.|
|A massive Kate Moss mural by Mr. Brainwash.|
|Madonna hired Mr. Brainwash to create her album cover.|
|Mr. Brainwash sold at Phillips de Pury for 5 times the asking price.|
|Kate Moss painting by Mr. Brainwash sold at a Phillips de Pury Auction for 7 times the estimated price.|
|Gwen Stefani and Mr. Brainwash.|
|Mr. Brainwash is said to possibly be Banksy.|
|Mr. Brainwash speaks of hope, love and happiness.|
|According to Mr. Brainwash "Life is Beautiful. "|
|Not all of Mr. Brainwash paintings are beautiful, but his Kate Moss series seem to be univerally loved by all. - Ecomanta|