Brian Donnelly (born 1974), known professionally as Kaws, is an American artist and designer. His work includes repeated use of a cast of figurative characters and motifs, some dating back to the beginning of his career in the 1990s, initially painted in 2D and later realised in 3D. Some of his characters are his own creations while others are reworked versions of existing icons.

Kaws started his career working as a freelance animator for Disney and expressing himself as a Graffiti, he first explored subvertising art, focusing on the alteration of existing images (as advertisements) in a satirical manner. His most famous image is the “Companion”, a grey scale figure of Mickey mouse with the X-ed out eyes and/or hands but Kaws explore a large scale of the pop culture from Darth Vader to Sponge Bob or Snoopy.

KAWS museum exhibitions include solo shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, High Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum or Yuz Museum of Shanghai.

KAWS, Family Grey/Pink, 2021, vinyl cast resin and paint 13,5 in / 34,3 cm

 

KAWS, Family Grey/Pink, 2021, vinyl cast resin and paint 13,5 in / 34,3 cm

 

Brian Donnelly (born 1974), known professionally as Kaws, is an American artist and designer. His work includes repeated use of a cast of figurative characters and motifs, some dating back to the beginning of his career in the 1990s, initially painted in 2D and later realised in 3D. Some of his characters are his own creations while others are reworked versions of existing icons.

Kaws started his career working as a freelance animator for Disney and expressing himself as a Graffiti, he first explored subvertising art, focusing on the alteration of existing images (as advertisements) in a satirical manner. His most famous image is the “Companion”, a grey scale figure of Mickey mouse with the X-ed out eyes and/or hands but Kaws explore a large scale of the pop culture from Darth Vader to Sponge Bob or Snoopy.

KAWS museum exhibitions include solo shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, High Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum or Yuz Museum of Shanghai.

kaws Works

These Kaws art toys reflect the artist’s desire to make his works of art more accessible to the public.

Below are Kaws‘ art toys for sale, with updated prices.

KAWS, Five Years Later Companion, 2004

KAWS

Five Years Later Companion, 2004

Vinyl cast resin and paint

14¾ in | 37cm

Limited edition on 500

KAWS, Dissected Companion, 2006

KAWS

Dissected Companion, 2006

Vinyl cast resin and paint

14¾ in | 37cm

Limited edition on 500

KAWS, Kachamukku, 2022

KAWS

Kachamukku Green/Red, 2022

Vinyl cast resin and paint

12.6 in | 32 cm

KAWS, Companion Flayed Grey, 2016

KAWS

Companion Flayed Grey, 2016

Vinyl cast resin and paint

11 in / 28 cm

KAWS, Companion Flayed Black, 2016

KAWS

Companion Flayed Black, 2016

Vinyl cast resin and paint

11 in / 28 cm

KAWS, Family Grey Pink, 2022

KAWS

Family Grey/Pink, 2021

Vinyl cast resin and paint

13,5 in / 34,3 cm

KAWS, BFF Black, 2017

KAWS

BFF Black Edition, 2017

Vinyl cast resin and paint

13,5 in / 34,3 cm

KAWS, Companion Flayed Brown, 2016

KAWS

Companion Flayed Brown Edition, 2016

Vinyl cast resin and paint

10,5 in / 26,7 cm

KAWS, Holiday Singapore Black, 2021

KAWS

Holiday Singapore Black Edition, 2021

Vinyl cast resin and paint

10,5 in / 26,7 cm

KAWS, Companion Blush, 2017

KAWS

Companion Blush, 2017

Vinyl cast resin and paint

10,5 in / 26,7 cm

KAWS, What Party Black, 2020

KAWS

What Party Black, 2020

Vinyl cast resin and paint

11.3 in / 29 cm

KAWS, Holiday Companion Bath, 2018

KAWS

Holiday Companion Bath, 2018

Vinyl cast resin and paint

Size: 8,5 in | 21,6 cm

KAWS, HOLIDAY Hong Kong, 2019

KAWS

HOLIDAY Hong Kong Plush Grey, 2019

Polyester

20 in / 50.8 cm

KAWS, Holiday UK Brown, 2021

KAWS

Holiday UK Brown, 2021

Vinyl cast resin and paint

Size: 10 in | 25,4 cm

KAWS, Holiday UK Black, 2021

KAWS

Holiday UK Black, 2021

Vinyl cast resin and paint

Size: 10 in | 25,4 cm

KAWS, What Party Yellow, 2020

KAWS

KAWS What Party Yellow, 2020

Vinyl cast resin and paint

11.3 in / 29 cm

KAWS, Companion Flayed, 2017

KAWS

Companion Flayed Blush, 2017

Vinyl cast resin and paint

11 in / 28 cm

KAWS, HOLIDAY Hong Kong, 2019

KAWS

HOLIDAY Hong Kong  Plush Brown, 2019

Polyester

20 in / 50.8 cm

KAWS, BFF Blue, 2017

KAWS

BFF Blue, 2017

Vinyl cast resin and paint

13 in / 33 cm

KAWS, Small Lie Grey, 2017

KAWS

Small Lie Grey, 2017

Vinyl cast resin and paint

11 in / 28 cm

KAWS, Small Lie Black, 2017

KAWS

Small Lie Black, 2017

Vinyl cast resin and paint

11 in / 28 cm

kaws News

Kaws

As often happens, as the success of an artist grows, also those who try to take advantage of it to sell counterfeit works are growing. What to pay attention when buying a KAWS work?

Kaws

With currently 3 million followers on Instagram, in 2019 KAWS ranks 18th in the world ranking of artists, surpassing Roy Lichtenstein and its market, and obtaining $ 89,765,357 in turnover, with the sale of 867 works and the top lot The KAWS Album, sold for $ 12,728,000 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

Since 2014, the year in which its turnover exceeds one million dollars for the first time, he has achieved growth of 273%.

Kaws

KAWS (acronym of Brian Donnelly – Jersey City, 1974) is a multifaceted artist active in the art and design sector, whose works of art – paintings, murals, sculptures – are among the most famous and desired by collectors and enthusiasts of all the world.

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