John and Yoko are standing and holding an "Art is Over" sign in a similar position as the “War is Over” poster they created and launched in 1969 during the Vietnam War. However, Mr. Brainwash substituted “Art” for “War” and surrounds the couple with popular icons including Batman, Mickey Mouse, Elvis, Marilyn, an American Indian with headdress, the Rolling Stones, Mona Lisa driving a French Renault car, and many other images from consumer culture.
“Mr. Brainwash” is the name adopted by street artist Thierry Guetta (b. 1966). Using his signature Pop Art style, Mr. Brainwash mixes his art with social commentary and blends images of famous people of the past with cultural symbols of today. His often subversive style is frequently humorous and sometimes has a lighthearted, almost prankish, tone, as reflected in his choice of "Mr. Brainwash" as his professional name. Along with Banksy and Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash is one of the most famous contemporary street artists of today. French-born, Mr. Brainwash is based in Los Angeles, with exhibits of his work displayed throughout the world.
This fascinating poster makes a great conversation piece wherever it is placed.