HOLD ONTO HOPE
It is 20 years since Banksy’s iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’ made her first appearance on the wall under Waterloo Bridge, accompanied by the words “there is always hope.”
With his new limited edition, Hold onto Hope, Mr. Brainwash revisits this wistful character in a touching and heartfelt message of hope for our time.
HOLD ONTO HOPE
Framed Silkscreen Paper Edition of 80
22 x 22” £2,950
BECOMING AN ICON
Throughout the history of art, certain works - Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Warhol’s Marilyn, Indiana’s Love motif for example - have caught the public imagination and crossed the line from famous to iconic. In today’s hi-tech world, with its constant stream of artistic and commercial images, it is harder than ever to stand out from the crowd, but Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ has done exactly that. The classic graffiti stencil was first seen in London in 2002 and although the original stencil is lost, the image lives on, representing the power of hope and love, seen through the eyes of a child. The Girl with Balloon mythic status was enhanced when a painting of her was famously shredded, seconds after it was sold at Sotheby’s in a show-stopping piece of performance art; she has become an important part of 21st century art history and her image has sold for millions in different manifestations.
MR. BRAINWASH AND BANKSY
“MR. BRAINWASH IS A FORCE OF NATURE. HE'S A PHENOMENON..." (BANKSY)
The strong connection between Mr. Brainwash and Banksy was documented in Banksy’s Oscar-nominated film about the meteoric rise of the larger-than-life street artist. Now a global star in his own right, Mr. Brainwash still chooses to reference Banksy in his work, paying tribute to his amazing contribution to the street art revolution.