In this very funny poster by the artist who calls himself Mr. Brainwash, Charlie Chaplin stands dressed as a waiter balancing a tray with spray and paint cans on it in his upturned right hand, with a paint-smeared towel draped over his left arm, as if he is serving us the image in the background that he just painted. This graffiti-spattered background includes a Warhol-looking spray soup can, a Keith Haring-looking figure, text, and colorful imagery.
“Mr. Brainwash” is the name adopted by street artist Thierry Guetta (b. 1966). Using his signature Pop Art style, Mr. Brainwash infuses 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 infused with humor and sometimes has a lighthearted, almost prankish, tone, as clearly reflected in his choice of "Mr. Brainwash" as his professional name.
Mr. Brainwash's other famous portraits have included those of Einstein, John Lennon, Mohammed Ali, Madonna and Bob Dylan, to name just a few. Along with Banksy and Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash has risen to prominence as 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.
Charlie Chaplin said, "A day without laughter is a day wasted." This colorful, fun poster brings to mind the comic genius of Charlie Chaplin as well as the humor of Mr. Brainwash. Both will make you laugh when you look at this poster, and your day will brighten!