Beloved hero of the fashion and music industries, KAWS is one of a handful of artists to successfully bridge the gap between fine art and mass production. Starting his career as a background painter for Disney, his assured understanding of the commercial art world led to the release of the highly-collectable KAWS Companion figures in the late 1990s. Alongside his work on the streets, which often included customised bus shelter adverts, these enabled him to build a monumental cult following.
Did you know?
The world’s largest Companion figure was a giant inflatable version, which sprung up in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour during Art Basel 2019.
Country of Birth
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 'THE KAWS ALBUM', 2019
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US
Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, US
Rosenblum Collection, Paris, FR
NEW FICTION, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, 2022
KAWS: WHAT PARTY, Brooklyn Museum, New York, US, 2021
Playtime, NGV International Melbourne, Melbourne, AU, 2020
Good Grief Charlie Brown, Somerset House, London, UK, 2019
KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK, 2016
Along the Way, Brooklyn Museum, New York, US, 2016
29 Sep 2021