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Kawsbob, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 20 X 16 Inches © Honor Fraser
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I Can’t Feel My Face, 2008 Peinture Sur Toile 173 X 173 Cm © Royal T
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Dissected Companion (Brown) , 2006 Screenprint on Paper 20 X 20 in / 50.8 X 50.8 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Guy Hepner
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Homer , 2002 Pastel on Paper 22 X 29.5 Inches (framed Size: 29 X 35 Inches) © Courtesy of the artist & Artificial Gallery
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Limited Time Only , 2006 Acrylic on Canvas 60 X 50 in / 152.4 X 127 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Guy Hepner
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The Long Way Home (detail), 2008 © Courtesy of the artist & The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
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© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin - Turenne
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Party Animals @ Royal-T, July 7, 2011
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Hold the Line, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 20 Inch Tondo © Courtesy of the Artist and Honor Fraser
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© Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Perrotin
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COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), 2010 Fiberglass, Metal Structure and Paint 208 1/2 X 169 1/4 X 185 Inches © Installation view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT Image copyright: Photo: Brad Bridgers
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© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin - Turenne
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UPS AND DOWNS, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 35 X 23” © Courtesy of the artist & The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
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AFTERNOON DELIGHT, 2013 Acrylic,canvas 96” Ø © Courtesy of The Mary Boone Gallery / Photo: Farzad Owrang
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Kunstforeningen GL STRAND
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Untitled, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 55 X 57 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Honor Fraser
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ALONG THE WAY, 2013 Wood 216 X 176 X 120 In. (548.6 X 447 X 304.8 Cm) Overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in Honor of Arnold Lehman, Tl2015.27a‒b © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Jersey City, New Jersey
Birth year
1974
Lives in
Brooklyn, New York
Works in
Brooklyn, New York
Statement

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.

 

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