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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 …

Medium
Signature
Base of each of the feet has the artist's printed name and copyright, the year, the manufacturer name and the title, "Small Lie."
Manufacturer
Medicom Toy
KAWS
American, b. 1974

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.

High auction record
HK$116.0m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Sunday MorningGalerist
2016
KAWSYorkshire Sculpture Park
KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTSModern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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KAWS
American, b. 1974

Small Lie (Complete Set Of Three), 2017

Vinyl and Paint
11 in
28 cm
.
£1,000 - 2,500
Location
Bristol
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KAWS is a graffiti artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer, and toymaker. His …

Medium
Signature
Base of each of the feet has the artist's printed name and copyright, the year, the manufacturer name and the title, "Small Lie."
Manufacturer
Medicom Toy
KAWS
American, b. 1974

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.

High auction record
HK$116.0m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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