The Los Angeles Times documented Mr Brainwash as he worked on a mural and delved into his beginnings and his artistic process.
In 2010, Mr Brainwash invaded the Meatpacking District with “Life is Beautiful: Icons”, his first New York solo show.
This show was bigger than ever, covering a 15,000 square foot, multi-story warehouse.
The downstairs displayed Mr Brainwash’s evocative portraits of music legends, constructed from bits of broken records. The exhibit also featured a 10-foot tall boom box and a life-size NYC taxicab in Matchbox toy car packaging. Icons was so popular that it was extended for three months, reopened as “Life is Beautiful: Icons Remixed”, with new installations, and extended for an additional three months.
Mr Brainwash had now shown both coasts the force of his solo exhibitions. Prestigious auction houses and collectors, including Christie’s and Phillips de Pury, took notice by offering his work in high-profile auctions.
The art show space was also used to host an exclusive party during New York Fashion Week for Gwen Stefani’s fashion line, L.A.M.B.
Exit Through The Gift Shop was released during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Attendees were curious to see what Banksy had in store, as the film presented by his camp could not be found in the festival’s programming.
The only clues to Banksy’s participation in the film festival were the stencils that popped up on some of the buildings around the city.
In true Banksy fashion the affair was wrapped up in mystery, as the documentary directed by the Scarlet Pimpernel of street art, using film footage Mr. Brainwash had accumulated in the ten years he followed a number of street artists with his camera during it’s rebirth, was unveiled for the first time to the public eye.
The documentary was a huge hit among Sundance attendees, you can read more about the event on The Guardian.
Madonna, being highly attuned to the growing trends in art and contemporary culture, assigned the task of creating the cover art for her third greatest hits album, “Celebration”, to Mr Brainwash.
As a nod to New York’s graffiti culture, since at a point in time Madonna was an active witness of, because of her relationship with Jean-Michel Basquiat while she was working on her eponymous debut album and origins, the collaborative likeness of Queen Madge were found wheat-pasted on walls of the Meatpacking District in Manhattan.
In addition to the album cover, Mr Brainwash produced works for the cover of the “Celebration” DVD cover for the video collection as well as the jacket for its vinyl release.
Mr Brainwash’s likeness of Madonna was also in full view of Times Square.
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.
Various graffiti, FX and pop artists from all over the world were invited to design their own interpretations of the USS Enterprise ship from Star Trek. The 34″ replicas were base on the actual 3D models that were used for the film, directed by JJ Abrams.
Mr Brainwash’s version of the USS Enterprise was that of a UPS delivery spacecraft and it was on view at the Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks.
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.
Mr Brainwash took to the streets of Art Basel: Miami Beach and graced the Scope Pavilion with his rendition of newly-elected President Barack Obama, commemorating the historic event as this country seated its first African-American chief of state!
Alongside the image of President Obama in Superman’s suit with the American flag behind him were the words which briefly described the Civil Rights Movement that began in the United States during the 60s: “Rosa Parks sat, so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked, so that Barack Obama could run. Obama ran, so we could fly.”
With not much time on his side, Mr Brainwash assembled the interior of FADER’s space to prepare for their collaborative party with denim brand, Levi’s. Mr Brainwash filled the place with works varying from portraits made out of broken vinyl to giant cardboard robots and prints.
The party, located at the FADER Fort in New York City, had live performances by artists such as Little Boots, Charles Hamilton, Wild Yaks and more.
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.