KAWS artist in his studio with paintings and sculpture

Blurring the lines.

Blending Street Art and Fine Art

KAWS, Along the Way (Black), 2019 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary

b. 1974

KAWS

KAWS is a Brooklyn-based artist whose influential body of work masterfully synthesizes the worlds of art and design. Across painting, murals, large-scale sculpture, and street art, as well as graphic and production design, his work possesses a sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products through collaborations with global brands. KAWS is often inspired by and appropriates pop culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary that spans a broad range of mediums. Now admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hard-edge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS has created a cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters that are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. KAWS has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Yuz Museum; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga. He has also participated in exhibitions at major institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the Newcomb Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Deste Art Foundation for Contemporary Art.

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KAWS, Lost Time, Alone Again, Far Far Down, 2018 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Lost Time, Alone Again, Far Far Down, 2018 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Far Far Down, 2018 For Sale | Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Alone Again, 2018 For Sale | Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Lost Time, 2018 For Sale | Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Better Knowing, 2023 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket, 2010 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket, 2010 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Stormtrooper, 2009 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Stormtrooper, 2009 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Darth Vader, 2007 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Darth Vader, 2007 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Share, 2021 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Share, 2021 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Untitled (KAWS x MOCAD), 2019 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Boba Fett Companion, 2013
KAWS, KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, 2019 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, 2019 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Accomplice (Pink), 2002 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Accomplice (Pink), 2002 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Tide, 2023 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Tide, 2023 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
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KAWS, Tide, 2023 Sale price£3,750
KAWS, Five Years Later Companion (Brown), 2004 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Five Years Later Companion (Brown), 2004 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, BFF (Bronze Figure), 2022 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Holiday Japan Complete Set, 2019 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Holiday Japan Complete Set, 2019 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Woodstock, 2012
KAWS, Passing Through (Mono), 2013 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Passing Through (Mono), 2013 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary
KAWS, Passing Through (Black), 2013 For Sale - Lougher ContemporaryKAWS, Passing Through (Black), 2013 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary

About the artist

KAWS is an American graffiti artist and designer renowned for his toys, prints and his ‘subvertisements.’ Famed for its set of cartoon-like characters, KAWS's art parodies popular cultural icons such as Disney’s Mickey Mouse and operates at the interface between the commercial and fine art worlds and is often compared to the likes of Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

Who is KAWS?

Born in 1974 in the metropolitan area of New York, surrounded by a burgeoning graffiti and street art scene, KAWS produced his first pieces whilst in elementary school. It was then that he devised his own tag: KAWS. A meaningless word, he chose it simply because he liked the way the letters looked together. Moving to New York in the 1990s, KAWS began to experiment with an artistic process dubbed ‘Subvertising’. Through subvertising, KAWS would remove advertisements from phone booths and bus stops and replaced them with his own signature cartoon characters, tagging the city with his distinctively parodic style.

"When I am making work I think of when I was younger and how I came upon work, whether it was magazines, stickers, skateboard deck designs or T-shirts. These different things meant something for me when I was younger. All you know is your world that is exciting to you, so I try to make work that disseminates in the same sort of avenues as the stuff that led me to learn about the greater picture of art." - KAWS

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