Coinciding with his extensive London exhibition, world-renowned street artist Mr Brainwash has recreated one of his iconic artworks on London’s Ledbury Road. In celebration of his first solo show in London since 2012, the mural is an extension of his much-talked-about new show Keep Smiling that is now running across all three Maddox Gallery locations in Mayfair and Westbourne Grove until 14th May.
Located on the side of Winkworths estate agents on the corner of Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road, the mural is located just moments from Maddox Gallery. Titled ‘Self Portrait’, it brings Mr Brainwash’s trademark playfulness and humour to the neighbourhood. The giant mural sees a classical portrait playfully subverted with a Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired mask. Taking a few days to complete, Mr Brainwash quite literally stopped traffic in West London with his enigmatic presence and incredible creation.
A provocative figure in the world of street art, Mr. Brainwash is known for his irreverent brand of appropriation and the Keep Smiling exhibition is injected with his trademark undercurrent of fun and optimism. Classical paintings are transformed as the artist mischievously alters traditional impressionist style paintings and historical portraits by adding contemporary iconography.
Mr Brainwash originally shot to stardom when he was featured in the Academy Award nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop and is considered one of the very few street artists whose work has risen to the level of collectability.
Keep Smiling launched to celebrity fans and collectors last week at his Westbourne Grove VIP Preview. High profile guests included: Tamara Ecclestone Rutland, Millie Macintosh, Hugo Taylor, Lisa Snowden, Daniel Lismore, Jaimie Laing & Heloise Agostinelli, Amy Jackson, Lily Fortescue, Charles Venn, Eunice Olomide and the Collyer Twins.
Keep Smiling continues at Maddox Gallery until 14th May.