Stan Lee, the Godfather of Marvel Comics swung by Mr Brainwash’s secret studios a few months ago for a visit that ended in an impromptu photo shoot. The photos feature the comic book legend with props from some of his most famous characters including Captain America’s shield and huge, green Hulk hands.
This Stan Lee / Mr Brainwash collaboration was on display for Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, a three-day event held during this October at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. The event had over 100,000 attendees.
Mr Brainwash’s exhibition at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con featured life-size cut-outs from this once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot as well as iconic Marvel characters getting Mr Brainwash’s signature treatment. Stan Lee’s colorful and larger-than-life imagination is a perfect fit for Mr Brainwash’s style of kaleidoscopic pop art.
Stan Lee is one of America’s most important cultural legends. Among the hundreds of characters and teams that he helped to create were the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men. In 2008 he was awarded a National Medal of Arts.
Check out a video and photos from this special collaboration below.
In addition to the art and film communities, Mr Brainwash is also an in-demand name in the music industry.
He has designed art for the album campaigns of some of the world’s most influential artists, such as The Black Keys, who asked Mr Brainwash to create a poster for their concert in Los Angeles at the Staples Center
Mr Brainwash returned to the home of his first solo show, Los Angeles, with “Life is Beautiful: Art Show 2011″.
This show was his biggest yet, taking over an 80,000 square foot building in the center of the city. Each day, thousands of people gathered to see this thrilling monster of a show, which embraced Los Angeles, the epicenter of pop culture.
Mr Brainwash also gave artists the opportunity to be a part of the show. For the exhibition, he donated over 20,000 square feet of space to showcase donated works from around the globe. Artists were invited to mail in their art or install the artworks themselves.
Most art shows and exhibitions are reserved for a specific segment of society, however, Mr Brainwash art shows are for everyone. His shows became an art access point for art lovers of all ages, and socio-economic backgrounds.
The first 300 people to arrive and step into the building on the 22nd received a special edition print that was numbered, hand-finished, thumbprinted and signed by Mr. Brainwash himself.
To commemorate the Oscars and Exit Through The Gift Shop’s nomination into its Best Documentary category by the Academy, Mr Brainwash painted a mural on La Brea Ave. of the Oscar statuette wearing a hoodie guarded, and filmed, by Storm Troopers.
Carson Daly paid Mr Brainwash a studio visit to conduct a two-part interview about street art, his beginnings and his (almost impossible to access) solo show in Los Angeles. In the interview, Mr Brainwash playfully explained his process and his views on how the streets have been turned into a public art gallery that anyone can enjoy.
Will.I.Am curated an event that incorporated both pop art and pop music called Worlds on Fire: Grammy-Nominated Artists Exhibition to kick off Grammy Week. The art exhibit portion featured portraits of the 2009 Grammy nominees as created by pop-surrealism artists. The exhibit took place in the Pacific Electric Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles.
All the artworks were up for auctions with the proceeds donated to the Pea Pod Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Will.I.Am that focuses on giving youth access to multi-media production tools for video, dance, music and art.
For the show, Mr Brainwash created a portrait of Jay-Z with broken vinyls shards.
The former CBS Columbia Square studios in Hollywood opened its doors for the first time on June 18th, 2008, the doors having been closed since 2007. Promising a show like no one has ever seen, Mr Brainwash appropriately chose the city’s first film studio (then called Nestor Film Company) as the location for his debut into the art world.
Mr Brainwash transformed this once-pristine news and radio network to a gallery space that held a variety of mediums, from sculptures to installations, paintings and prints, all in his grandiose style.
Though he fell off a ladder while preparing for “Life is Beautiful,” a broken leg wasn’t enough to stop Mr Brainwash from the biggest art opening in Los Angeles.
Crowds were lined up for hours and around the block, with eager art-seekers even rushing through the gates past security in order to take a peek at MBW’s work.