Pop Art Phenomenon Launches Clarendon Fine Art UK Tour on 25 April
Unlike his collaborator Banksy, Mr Brainwash does not hide from the limelight and the larger than life pop artist will be taking over the iconic Battersea Power Station for one of his most outrageous exhibitions yet.
The pop art phenomenon flies from LA to London to launch the eagerly awaited show at Clarendon Fine Art in the power station on 25 April, opening to the public until 3 May.
The French street artist - AKA Thierry Guetta - has a special connection to the iconic building and unveiled a giant mural there in 2021 to celebrate the launch of the Battersea Power Station Underground, which was accompanied by a large-scale light show on the Power Station itself and the unveiling of a Life is Beautiful sculpture. The mural is now on display inside the Grade II* listed building - So excitement is high for his big, Battersea return.
The high impact and high value new collection is rich in styles and themes, including pop culture sculptures like Life is Beautiful, which became his catchphrase after his legendary LA exhibition of the same name catapulted him to fame in 2008, making history as the most highly attended private exhibition of all time with more than 50,000 visitors and artwork selling for six figures.
The show will unveil large-scale statement pieces, brick artwork celebrating his street art origins, painted balloon sculptures, neon mirror artworks, “vandalised” frames liberating art from canvases, and paper originals deconstructing popular culture.
Mr Brainwash will also be releasing two exclusive, limited editions, Long Live the King and Power to the People. Long Live the King commemorates the coronation of King Charles III and is the partner piece to the Platinum Jubilee Queen of Hearts editions, which are already being collected for double their original price.
Power to the People is Mr Brainwash’s bold, new depiction of the show’s Battersea Power Station location, emblazoned with his graffiti, a Life is Beautiful neon and with nods to Pink Floyd’s iconic Animals album artwork and Banksy, who directed the Oscar-nominated Exit through the Gift Shop documentary, charting Mr Brainwash’s meteoric rise to fame.
After the London exhibition, the show will go on tour to Clarendon Fine Art’s Birmingham and then Bluewater, Kent Galleries, both of which will feature Mr Brainwash in attendance, followed by week-long, public exhibitions.
After starring in Banksy’s 2010 documentary, Mr Brainwash said: “Banksy captured me becoming an artist. In the end, I became his biggest work of art.”
Since then, Mr Brainwash has designed album covers for Madonna, Rick Ross and Michael Jackson, collaborated with everybody from Mercedes-Benz, the Beckhams, First Lady Michelle Obama - for her Let Girls Learn organisation - and Pope Francis for his Scholas youth foundation. And he is changing the face of street art in the UK with his unique brand of positivity.
Mr Brainwash London Show, 25 April - 3 May. Clarendon Fine Art, Upper Ground Floor, Turbine Hall A, The Power Station, London SW11 8BZ. Birmingham Show, 26 April, 7-9pm, Clarendon Fine Art, 9 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QD
Kent Show, 27 April, 7-9pm, Clarendon Fine Art, Bluewater Pkwy, Dartford, Greenhithe DA9 9SQ