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Jersey City, New Jersey

Birth year

Lives in
Brooklyn, New York

Works in
Brooklyn, New York


Representing galleries

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 Pop Sculpture / Pop Culture
Leila Heller Gallery - 57th Street
Sep, 2014 Man's Best Friend
Honor Fraser

Brian Donnelly professionally known as KAWS, is a New York-based artist and designer of limited edition toys and clothing. He began his career as a graffiti artist subverting imagery on billboards, bus shelters and phone booth advertisements. These reworked advertisements were at first left alone, lasting for up to several months, but as KAWS’ popularity skyrocketed, the ads became increasingly sought after. In addition to New York, KAWS has done work in Paris, London, Berlin and Tokyo.

In the late 90s, KAWS began to design and produce limited edition vinyl toys, "an instant hit with the global art toy-collecting community, especially in Japan, where this genre is well respected and widespread. KAWS’ acrylic paintings and sculpture have many repeating images, all meant to be universally understood, surpassing languages and cultures. One of KAWS' early series, Package Paintings, was made in 2000. This series, entitled The Kimpsons, subverted the famous American cartoon, The Simpsons. In addition, KAWS has reworked other familiar icons such as Mickey Mouse, the Michelin Man and the Smurfs.

Through all of his projects, KAWS has successfully blurred the line between fine art and mass-produced merchandise. He uses his products to allow his imagery to infiltrate a larger audience than that of the fine art world.


Recent Exhibits

KAWS participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2014 The Heart and Soul Collection
Heart 'N' Soul Gallery
Jun, 2014 Joyride
Marlborough Broome Street
Kunstforeningen GL STRAND
Apr, 2014 "If You're Accidentally Not Included, Don't Worry About It," curated by Peter Saul
Apr, 2014 If You're Accidentally Not Included, Don't Worry About It
Zürcher Studio
Feb, 2014 This is Not a Toy
Magic Pony
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Paul Kasmin Gallery - 10th Ave Royal T
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