Oil and Acrylic on canvas
Tanqueray by TMFA
The Most Famous Artist (TMFA) is a collective based in Los Angeles that uses art to control the media and influence global consciousness. The goal is to create a media, product and real estate empire through art with the intention of driving real change in the way people hear about, think about and feel about issues that matter.
The leading artist behind TMFA is a Stanford graduate with dreams of making a name for himself in the tech scene out west. But around 2012, with the institutionalization of Silicon Valley something changed drastically for TMFA. His dream was crushed. He could not imagine anything and had trouble identifying a new dream to chase.
TMFA started his career in art by saying sorry. He felt that he could not create until he got some things out in the open that surfaced during his intervention from tech mogul to contemporary street artist. “When I finally returned to my cottage from the trip of a lifetime, I concocted a plan to ‘become’ an ‘artist’. A performance artist. A street artist. A fine artist. A famous artist. I wanted it all. And I would use the Internet to do it.” – TMFA
His work contends with what it would look like if Warhol had done work post Internet and smart phones and all the other stuff that is normal to us today. Since TMFA admittedly cannot really paint, he began cutting out images of war and porn and pasting them on top of vintage canvases. He would purchase landscape canvases at the Melrose Flea Market for around $50 each and started going every Sunday to pick up his “materials”. TMFA works everyday in the hopes that his art career can help illuminate and amplify the message that we need to stop making stupid people famous.
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