Rich Uncle Pennybags

L.A. street artist Alec Monopoly is bringing his "Can't Get Out of Jail Free" solo exhibit to the Design District's Avant Gallery. Unlike the high-profile Banksy and Mr. Brainwash, Monopoly's work centers on a repeat theme: money, or rather, the lack of it. If you've spent any time in Los Angeles, you may recognize his signature Rich Uncle Pennybags wheat-pastings AKA that banker dude from the Monopoly board game. In the video below, he says he started painting the top-hat character after the economy crashed a few years ago. He's since moved on to iconic faces like Jack Nicholson (right), Robert De Niro, and Christian Bale -- a la the American Psycho years. And if he's into painting mugshots of American excess and greed, then perhaps Charlie Sheen's tweaked face is not far behind.
Mondays-Saturdays, noon. Starts: March 25. Continues through April 30, 2011

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