Street Artist Alec Monopoly Brings Rich Uncle Pennybags to Design District

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.

Monopoly (no, not his real name) was in Miami during the last Art

Basel. His work, including some of what will show

at Avant this weekend, was on display at the Mondrian Hotel. Consider this your second chance. (Wouldn't

it be nice if all the Basel shows would swing through again

throughout the year? What superhero could get around to see everything in five days.) Monolopy is showing 24 new works in this exhibit as well as a mural on the gallery's outside wall.

See Alec Monopoly's "Can't Get Out of Jail Free" at Avant Gallery (3850 N. Miami Ave., Miami), when it opens this Friday. It runs through April 30 and gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday noon to 6 p.m. Visit

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