JUBILEE TIMED RELEASE NOW CLOSED

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Silkscreen Paper Edition
22 x 30"
£3,500

NOW CLOSED

 

Visionary French street artist Mr. Brainwash has launched a timed release in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Mr. Brainwash saw the Jubilee celebrations as an opportunity to create his own personal tribute to someone who has inspired his work for many years.

Releasing this witty and affectionate portrait as a timed edition was his way of collaborating with the British public, letting our admiration for Her Majesty the Queen determine exactly how many copies would be created in this commemorative collector’s edition.

There is a buying window of one week only, and the edition size will be determined by the number of orders taken before 12 Midnight on Tuesday 10th May.

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A timed edition is a limited editioned artwork which is offered for sale for a set window of time (usually six to seven days). The number of editions of the artwork sold within this window of time determines the overall edition size of the artwork. For example, if 100 people buy an edition of the artwork over the course of the timed edition, then the edition size would be 100. 

Because no further editions can be purchased or created after the window closes, anyone who missed the moment will have to wait until one of the original buyers is willing to sell their edition on the secondary market. This makes timed edition releases highly desirable investment opportunities as the artwork is only available on the secondary market after the timed edition ends. 

In 2021, Damien Hirst’s series of eight prints titled The Virtues became the most successful print release of all time. The artworks were available to purchase in a timed release of just six days and were offered for $3,000 apiece. Fast forward to just a year later and these artworks are selling in galleries all over the world for an average price of over £20,000  and climbing.  

The timed edition is still a relatively new way of selling artworks, but it has also been adopted by contemporary graphic artist KAWS and influential American photographer Nan Goldin. Mr. Brainwash, who is always looking for innovative and exciting ways to exhibit his work, is the next superstar artist to explore the timed edition option. 

This work is based on a photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding on the occasion of the coronation on 2nd June 1953; this was the first official photographic sitting for the young queen in her new role as monarch. 70 years later, as the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, she is beloved by the British public, and an iconic figure in our nation’s history.  

Mr. Brainwash saw the Platinum Jubilee celebrations as an opportunity to create his own personal tribute to someone who has inspired his work for many years. Releasing it as a timed release was his way of collaborating with the British public, letting our admiration for Her Majesty the Queen dictate exactly how many copies would be created in this commemorative collector’s edition. 

Mr. Brainwash surrounds Her Majesty with symbols of British Cool, recognising her skill at staying calm through some of the most difficult socio-political crises the country has ever faced. The pair of peony tattoos emerging from her gown are a symbol of strength and bravery in traditional Japanese tattooing. The colours of her sash, tattoos and lipstick reflect the colours of the spray-painted Union Flag behind her, highlighting her sense of allegiance to her country. The badges on her sash reference iconic British rock bands like The Who and The Rolling Stones, the peace sign, the classic Keep Calm and Carry On slogan – summing up the Queen’s approach to her role. On a more serious note Mr. Brainwash adds the star of the Order of the Garter, the most senior order of knighthood in the United Kingdom.  

Queen of Hearts highlights the fact that British identity can be defined by popular culture on one hand and ancient orders of chivalry; celebrating heritage and tradition alongside creativity and innovation, it is a fitting tribute to the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year.  

Browse Mr. Brainwash’s recent originals online and watch a short film about this larger-than-life artist and personality