Kenny Scharf, ‘Cateyeguy and Dogeyeguy’, 2004, Doyle
Kenny Scharf, ‘Cateyeguy and Dogeyeguy’, 2004, Doyle
Kenny Scharf, ‘Cateyeguy and Dogeyeguy’, 2004, Doyle

This group of both “Cateyeguy” and “Dogeyeguy” resin sculpture editions from 2004 were, at their time, early entries into the then-burgeoning Designer Toy scene which saw future releases in the art/toy realm from KAWS, Ron English, Jeff Soto and many others. Both figures are bright, fun, smiling examples of everything delightfully kitsch about Scharf’s work. —Courtesy of Doyle

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Manufacturer: Cereal Art

About Kenny Scharf

Muralist, painter, sculptor, and installation artist Kenny Scharf is best known for his fantastical, large-scale paintings of anthropomorphic animals and imagined creatures, as in Viva Mare Viva Mar (2011). Though Scharf’s brightly colored imagery is generally playful, he has remarked that darker themes exist beneath the surface of his works, visible upon closer inspection. Scharf was a part of the 1980s East Village Art movement, along with his good friend and fellow street artist Keith Haring. The artist says he has been influenced by all 20th-century art movements, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, the latter reflected in his appropriation of cartoon characters from television shows like the Flintstones and Jetsons and his humorous depiction of snack food in Maple Glazed Donut Over Fertile Landscape (2011). Scharf’s oftentimes dense and frenetic compositions also echo a Baroque sensibility.

American, b. 1958, Los Angeles, California