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KAWS

American, b. 1974

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KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design and toy-making. His iconic “XX” signature has its roots in the beginning of his career as a street artist in the 1990s, when he began altering found advertisements by incorporating his own masterful paintings. Evoking the sensibilities of Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, KAWS possesses a sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from popular culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary and influential cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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High auction record
HKD $116m, Sotheby's, 2019
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Solo show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
Biography

KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design and toy-making. His iconic “XX” signature has its roots in the beginning of his career as a street artist in the 1990s, when he began altering found advertisements by incorporating his own masterful paintings. Evoking the sensibilities of Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, KAWS possesses a sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from popular culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary and influential cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
HKD $116m, Sotheby's, 2019
User
Solo show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
Shows Featuring KAWS
Articles Featuring KAWS
A Virtual KAWS Exhibition Tests the Market for Augmented Reality Art
Mar 30th, 2020
A Virtual KAWS Exhibition Tests the Market for Augmented Reality Art
Four Artist Couples Share the Art They Collect
Jan 31st, 2020
Four Artist Couples Share the Art They Collect
The Most Influential Artists of 2019
Dec 11th, 2019
The Most Influential Artists of 2019
Inside Steve Aoki’s Art-Filled Playhouse in Vegas
May 28th, 2019
Inside Steve Aoki’s Art-Filled Playhouse in Vegas
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