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


Auction Record


Sotheby's Hong Kong, 'THE KAWS ALBUM', 2019

Notable Collections

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US

Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, US

Rosenblum Collection, Paris, FR

Notable Exhibitions

Playtime, NGV International Melbourne, Melbourne, AU, 2020

Good Grief Charlie Brown, Somerset House, London, UK, 2019

Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK, 2016

Along the Way, Brooklyn Museum, New York, US, 2016

Exhibitions by KAWS

Hang-Up Gallery Launch

Hang-Up Gallery Launch

Banksy, Dave White, Harland Miller, Katherine Bernhardt, KAWS, Marc Quinn, Nancy Fouts, The Connor Brothers,

29 Nov 2019 – 29 Jan 2020

Wall to Wall

Wall to Wall

Banksy, Futura, KAWS, Shepard Fairey, Swoon,

22 Mar 2014 – 27 Apr 2014

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