Supermodel Kate Moss is the subject of this poster by graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash. Known for her partying lifestyle and her supermodel status among elite designers of the 1990s, including Calvin Klein, Dior, Burberry, Versace and Chanel, she led a storied life.
In creating this artwork around her celebrated face, Mr. Brainwash juxtaposed six identical photos of her, some tinted yellow, others in black and white, as if imitating a roll of still photos taken by a photographer at a photo session. The legend of Kate Moss was created by the camera, and Mr. Brainwash carries that theme forward in a very clever, insightful way with his art. The colorful graffiti background, one of Mr. Brainwash's signature touches, underscores the point that Kate Moss exists in an age in which media's messages (including those conveyed through graffiti) fill spaces and permeate our lives.
“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, Charlie Chapman 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.