KAWS, ‘NYT’, 2012, Phillips

Property of an Important American Collector

From the Catalogue:
NYT is a painting that portrays one of the characters that inhabit KAWS’ artistic universe, and demonstrates the artist’s creativity and striking ability to appropriate iconic characters and turn them at once into his own unique creation. Immediately reminiscent of the world of graffiti, billboards and advertising posters, with its vibrant colours and visual vocabulary, NYT portrays a puffy, inflated skull with crossed out 'X' eyes that lend a dark twist to the piece—a signature aspect of KAWS’ artistic language. The result is a figure that conveys great attraction yet maintains its emotional distance, rendering the subject matter somehow devoid of human characteristics and instantly cartoon in its exaggerations.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed and dated "KAWS 12" on the reverse

Private Collection, Miami
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About KAWS

“KAWS” is a graffiti artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer, and toymaker. His cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his early career as a street artist, when he began replacing advertisements with his own, masterful acrylic paintings in the early 1990s. Since, KAWS has embraced the commercialist spirit of Claes Oldenburg and Takashi Murakami, designing everything from Kanye West album covers to Nike sneakers. Avoiding the distinction between products and art objects, KAWS has shown his work increasingly in galleries and museums over the past decade; some of his most famous images are reimagined versions of pop characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man.

American, b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey, based in Brooklyn, New York