Famous LA artist takes over Cheltenham gallery for exhibition celebrating positivity and love

A globally respected artist with his own museum in LA and whose artwork graces the walls of some of the world's most famous names is coming to Cheltenham for a special exhibition at Clarendon Fine Art gallery on The Promenade.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
Mr Brainwash is changing the face of street art with his unique brand of positivity, in a new exibition coming to Cheltenham in March 2024.

Known by the moniker Mr Brainwash, Thierry Guetta, a French-born, Los Angeles-based artist is admired throughout the art world for his edgy, street-art graffiti creations and neon pop-art masterpieces.

In a whole-gallery takeover opening on Saturday 2 March 2024 and running for one week until Saturday 9 March 2024, Clarendon Fine Art gallery on The Promenade in Cheltenham will see its entire space transformed into the LA artist's 'vibrant celebration of positivity and the transformative force of love'.

Mr Brainwash's charismatic creations range from using a pristine white Mercedes-Benz as a blank canvas for paint splattering to reconstructions of iconic paintings such as Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' and vibrant collaborations with artists such as the enigmatic Bristol-based Banksy, who describes the French artist as a force of nature.

Clarendon Fine Art — which is the UK's largest gallery group with 90 locations across the country representing 200 artists — is showcasing some of Mr Brainwash's most celebrated pieces which draw inspiration from art history and the works of great masters, combined with the vivid, dynamic energy of the street. 

Alongside a range of Mr Brainwash's original works, there will also be a special commemorative piece with a horse racing theme, tying into the Cheltenham Festival, which this year celebrates the centenary of the Gold Cup.

Other projects include album covers designed for Madonna, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rick Ross and KYGO; artwork featured in films and television productions such as Molly’s Game, Billions, Shameless and The Kardashians; while celebrities from Madonna to the Beckhams own a piece of his art.

The artist's eponymous art museum opened in LA in 2022 and is described as a three-story 'interactive, all-ages art playground unlike any other'.

Mr Brainwash will also be making a special meet the artist appearance at Clarendon Fine Art during exhibition week, from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday 5 March 2024, in an evening event designed to 'challenge everything you think you know about art and leave you in no doubt that life is beautiful', with a live DJ and bar, too.

The meet the artist event is free to attend but must be booked in advance, with limited tickets available from clarendonfineart.com/collections/come-and-meet-mr-brainwash.

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