October 30, 2012

Inside the mind of Mr Brainwash

Mr Brainwash, the street artist made famous by the infamous Banksy, has reopened his recent London show due to its massive popularity.

Situated in the old sorting office in Holborn, it is an apt venue for the mass of commercialized street art inside. On display are all the tried and tested symbols of cultural iconography from Marilyn to Warhol, and let’s not forget Obama with the now iconic Shepard Fairey ‘Hope’ graphic. Mr Brainwash uses every technique and material already utilised by well known street artists, but the finished result is still rather good. If you look closely, you can see Bansky hidden in works and the hand of Shepard Fairey is also alluded to.

So is Mr Brainwash a construct? A parody of popular street art? Are the artists creating a unique statement from nothing? Or maybe he is for real? Go find out for yourself. Coincidently Shepard Fairy also has a new exhibition on now, his first in the UK in 5 years in the open galleries in Brick Lane, E2.

Brian Fairy