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Mr Brainwash goes to London – Life Is Beautiful – part II

“Hello Mr Brainwash, you are amazing…..”. “Oh thank you! Thank you very much!”.

Wait wait….WHAT?? Let’s have a step backward.

We were there, some days ago, at The Sorting Office in New Oxford Street in London, having a really amazed look around the place, enjoying every single piece of art that came from the unique mind of Mr Brainwash. Now, we must say that: usually when we go to an art exhibition that we particularly care of, and we see that the exhibition is way better than we expected we feel already satisfied of what we are looking at, but we never expect that at some point we could accidentally bump into the artist! But that is what actually happened that day, at 5(ish)pm of a normal Friday afternoon, after work. He was there, Mr Brainwash, sitting on his armchair/throne with paint stains, signing his own (free) Prints in a totally relaxed and unexpected way.

So we found ourselves in the queue, waiting for our chance to have a little talk with Thierry Guetta aka Mr Brainwash. And then this is what happened once I stopped in front of him: shy smile on my face, trembling voice, the same attitude I had when I was five and everything embarassed me. “You are amazing.” PERIOD! Not even a short comment about the weather or something like “How’s your friend Banksy?”, or at least something slightly smart or funny…total blackout instead. Well, at least he was totally easygoing and his “Thank you very much” seemed really honest.

And speaking about easygoing situations: that exhibition is been the perfect example of who Mr Bainwash is and how actually more art exibitions should be. Big and colourful works, an intense mix between Pop Art and Street Art, ironic and satirical, totally uderstandable and “popular”. His art is honest and involving, his way to show his works, the subjects he uses, the colours and the technique create a connection with all of us, the people. He seems to tell you “Mate, let’s have fun together!”. And, most important thing, he was there, phisically there, walking around his own space, near his own works, talking with people, without special announcements to tell us he was there, honoring us with his presence, but just being there.

And then how the exhibition was organized: do you want to come and have a look of my works? Fine! The entry is totally free! Do you want to take some pictures of the pieces you like more? No problem, no one will prevent you from doing it! Oh and by the way, on your way out just take a couple of Prints of my most popular work, will you? They are for free.

Well…what can we add? We officially like Mr Brainwash. Now we can also enjoy everyday our Prints with his signature on the wall of our place. Thank you very much to you, Thierry!

“Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation”

Come on, Damien Hirst, it’s only a joke!

By Anna D.

Streets as a big art gallery #001# – Hin

The first time is went in Brick Lane, almost two years ago, street art was all over the walls, I kept taking pictures for my degree thesis to every draw and colour sign that caught my attention and personal taste. But what I didn’t completely realized in that moment was something that only now, that I live in this area and I have the time to look at these walls with eyes finally opened, I can see: Brick Lane is in fact an “open air art gallery” where you can find real pieces of art, through it a lot of artists (too much less known for their talent) tell stories or simply leave their unique and unmistakeable sign.

And because of this particular way to do and offer art to everyone walk in these streets, I want to give it some special space in this Magazine, because I think that the “well done” street art  has to have recognised and valued more than simple “paint that riuns walls” (as they say in Italy).

I want to start this chapter with my last discover, and my new obsession: Hin.

Born in Hong Kong in 1981, Hin now is established in London. His art, a mix of something more likely to photo images than hand made drawing and childish drawings, comes from Japanese Manga characters, Chinese watercolour painting and personal vision of reality that gives to every image more structure. It is a dream in which the scary reality of life is minimized by the childish sign: it is like when you are scared about something and the only way to face this scary thing is to imagine it in a funny way.

Hin and Pablo Delgado on Vinatge with Love’s grate – Brick Lane

Personally I always loved this type of draw, the combination of picture (or similar) and hand made line, it fascinates me and it is difficult not to stop in front of a similar way to do art.

If you are curious, the best time to go and have a look of Hin’s art, but also the street art in general in Brick Lane, is during the week, in the morning, when shops are still closed: it is surprising of how many good draws are hidden behind the grates of closed shops.


more info www.degreeart.com/blog/trauma-and-joy-never-far-apart-hins-shutter-brick-lane


By Anna De Agnoi