The artist known as Mr. Brainwash, or MBW, is a French filmmaker named Theirry Guetta who spent years making a documentary about graffiti. Along the way, he discovered his own approach to street art, from stickers to billboard-sized paste-ups.
After reading about MBW in a number of articles, I think the best thing I could do to tell you about him and his work would be to share a few quotes about him from a couple of his fellow artists.
Mr. Brainwash is an enigma. 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. —Shepard Fairey
Mr. Brainwash is a force of nature, he's a phenomenon. And I don't mean that in a good way. —Banksy
One thing is for sure, his work always draws a reaction. A recent exhibition in Los Angeles drew huge crowds. The Supertouch blog has tons of photos from the event. As for the artist, Mr. Brainwash has a notice on his rather bare bones website that he's relaunching the site tomorrow, November 19th. Looking forward to what else he has in store for us...