“Mr. Brainwash,” a.k.a. MBW, a.k.a. Thierry Guetta, a French filmmaker turned graffiti provocateur. Mr. Brainwash images evolve from the Banksy-style black-and-white stencils of a guy wielding a movie camera to repurposed reproductions of Elvis, Hendrix, Gandhi and other cultural icons, including the giant spray-paint can rebranded, à la Andy, as Campbell’s Tomato Spray.
Called the next Shepard Fairey, Guetta has taken the grafitti/ street art scene by storm. Introduced to the world of street art nine years ago as a documentary filmmaker, though he claims to have sold paintings to Michael Jackson in the ’80s. It was only after collecting hundreds of hours of footage of Shepard Fairey, Banksy, and other international street-art stars that he decided he might like to try his hand at art.
A man on the rise, and artist to be watched. Banksy has called him "a force of nature" and Shepard Fairey has described Guetta as, " I want to hug him one second and smack him the next. He is awesome, infuriating, almost impossible to define, but if an artist is defined by relentless, obsessive passion, then MBW is definitely an artist