4 October 2011
Last updated at 12:49
The work of street artist Mr Brainwash is the subject of a new exhibition at London's Opera Gallery. The French-born artist came to prominence after being featured in Banksy's Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop.
Mr Brainwash - real name Thierry Guetta - produces vibrant, spray-painted stencils containing popular figures and themes.
Los Angeles-based Guetta has collaborated closely with Bristol artist Banksy, leading to some speculation that he is a cover for the notoriously enigmatic street artist. Initially the subject matter of Exit Through The Gift Shop, the self-protective Banksy eventually turned the camera on amateur film-maker Guetta.
Mr Brainwash's other work has included a striking pop art design for Madonna's compilation album Celebration, and Icons, an installation which covered a huge space in New York's meatpacking district.
Mr Brainwash was recently in London to curate his latest show of work. Opera Gallery London's director Jean-David Malat said the artist was brimming with energy and is planning a large scale installation in the city for the 2012 Olympics.
Guetta's fascination with popular culture leaves no icon untreated. Here is a detail from his work The Beatles, largely made from smashed vinyl records.
In Exit Through The Gift Shop, released in 2010, Mr Brainwash was shown creating little art himself and said that his role was mainly "scanning and Photoshopping". The bulk of the work, based on Guetta's ideas, was carried out by actual graphic designers.
Mr Brainwash's exhibition at London's Opera Gallery opens on 6 October.