KAWS, ‘Untitled (MBFS3)’, 2015, Sotheby's

From the Catalogue
"You know, I think it’s more of the visceral feelings of cartoons, the flat colors, that I relate to. When I’m doing a painting there’s no narrative or anything like that. It’s just sort of, ‘This composition feels good. These colors feel good.’ If it happens to exist within a frame, then people associate it with cartoons. It’s not an alignment with a certain narrative or story.” KAWS
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 15 on the reverse

Private Collection
Gabriel Safdie, Israel
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

Exhibition Highlights

Copenhagen V,
Wakefield, West Yorkshire,
Masters Projects,