Kaws

  
 

Kaws

b.1976 America

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KAWS, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, was born in New Jersey, now lives and works Brooklyn, New York. He studied illustration at School of Visual Arts in New York, and obtained the Bachler’s degree in 1996.

He was once the animator of Disney. As a street artist, KAWS often work directly on the existing street commercials which subvert the original image. In 1999, the small vinyl toys “Companion” by KAWS made with the collaboration with Japanese Brand realmad Hectic and Bounty Hunter had cause a trend in the business sector of art. Many other various editions of “Companion” have been exhibited by the museums around the world. 

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KAWS, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, was born in New Jersey, now lives and works Brooklyn, New York. He studied illustration at School of Visual Arts in New York, and obtained the Bachler’s degree in 1996.


He was once the animator of Disney. As a street artist, KAWS often work directly on the existing street commercials which subvert the original image. In 1999, the small vinyl toys “Companion” by KAWS made with the collaboration with Japanese Brand realmad Hectic and Bounty Hunter had cause a trend in the business sector of art. Many other various editions of “Companion” have been exhibited by the museums around the world. 


The art products that KAWS continues to made in cooperation with well-known brands garnered attentions with his trademark: the ironic modifications of familiar characters with XX pattern on them.


The name KAWS is now active in New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, and many other cities in Europe and Asia.

CV

2019
  • KAWS: HOLIDAY, Dhow Harbour, Doha
  • KAWS: HE EATS ALONE, Fire Station, Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar 
  • KAWS: BLACKOUT, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom  
  • KAWS: COMPANIONSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 
  • KAWS: HOLIDAY, Mount Fuji, Japan
  • KAWS: ALONE AGAIN, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
  • KAWS: HOLIDAY, Virginia Beach, VA 
  • KAWS: ALONG THE WAY, HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong
  • KAWS: HOLIDAY, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong 
  • KAWS: HOLIDAY, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
2018
  • KAWS: CLEAN SLATE, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  • KAWS: GONE, Skarstedt, New York
  • KAWS: HOLIDAY, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea
  • KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
  • KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong
2017
  • WHERE THE END STARTS, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
  • KAWS, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA
2016
  • WHERE THE END STARTS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  • KAWS: BFF, Central Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand
  • KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
  • KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, UK
2015
  • Permanent Vacation II, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barts
  • ALONG THE WAY, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Newcomb Art Gallery at Waldenburg Art Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • CLEAN SLATE, LA NAVE, Las Salinas, Ibiza, Spain
  • CLEAN SLATE, Shanghai Times Square, Shanghai, China
2014
  • MAN'S BEST FRIEND, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, USA
  • Permanent Vacation, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths
  • CLEAN SLATE, Harbour City, Hong Kong, China
  • FINAL DAYS, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain
  • PLAY YOUR PART, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
2013
  • PASS THE BLAME, Galerie Perrotin New York, USA
  • Mary Boone Gallery in cooperation with Galerie Perrotin, New York, USA
  • Ups and Downs, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, USA
  • KAWS @ PAFA, inside PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building
  • Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program: KAWS, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • KAWS GISWIL, More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland
  • Ohhh…, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2012
  • Imaginary Friends, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
  • The Nature of Need, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong
  • KAWS: Down Time, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2011
  • KAWS: Companion, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • FOCUS: KAWS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  • Hold The Line, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Passing Through, The Standard, New York, NY
  • Passing Through, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
2010
  • Passing Through, Harbour City, Hong Kong, China
  • Pay the Debt to Nature, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
  • KAWS, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
  • Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
2009
  • The Long Way Home, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
2008
  • Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
  • Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL
2003
  • Original Fake, BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002
  • Elms Lesters Painting Room, London, UK
  • C9, MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2001
  • Tokyo First, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED WORKS

KAWS x Dior Pink
2018
45.7 cm
Plush
Edition of 500
KAWS x Dior Pink
2018
45.7 cm
Plush
Edition of 500
Kaws BFF Dior Plush Black
2018
45.7 cm
Plush
Edition of 500
Kaws BFF Dior Plush Black
2018
45.7 cm
Plush
Edition of 500
KAWS LIMITED EDITION ART BOOK WITH SCREENPRINT 2019

2019
Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle 300gsm paper, Limited Edition art Book
Edition of 750
KAWS LIMITED EDITION ART BOOK WITH SCREENPRINT 2019

2019
Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle 300gsm paper, Limited Edition art Book
Edition of 750
Clean Slate Black
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Clean Slate Black
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Clean Slate Grey
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Clean Slate Grey
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Clean Slate Brown
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Clean Slate Brown
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Bff Black
2017
33.5 x 14.5 x 8.3 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Bff Black
2017
33.5 x 14.5 x 8.3 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Bff Pink
2017
33.5 x 14.5 x 8.3 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Bff Pink
2017
33.5 x 14.5 x 8.3 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Bff Blue 
2017
33.5 x 14.5 x 8.3 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Bff Blue
2017
33.5 x 14.5 x 8.3 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Seeing by Kaws
2018
37 x 17.4 x 18.6 cm
Alloy / ceramic / LED light
Edition of 250
Seeing by Kaws
2018
37 x 17.4 x 18.6 cm
Alloy / ceramic / LED light
Edition of 250
Together Black
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Together Black
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Together Grey
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Together Grey
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Together Brown
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Together Brown
2018
29.2 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm
Vinyl
Limited Edition
Dior x Kaws bee pin
2019
4 cm x 4 cm
Brass / Crystal
Limited Edition
Dior x Kaws bee pin
2019
4 cm x 4 cm
Brass / Crystal
Limited Edition
Holiday Taiwan Limited Ceramic Plate
2019
20cm
Ceramic
Edition of 200
Holiday Taiwan Limited Ceramic Plate
2019
20cm
Ceramic
Edition of 200
Wood Pinocchio
2018
39 x 19 x 18 cm
Wood
Edition of 100
Wood Pinocchio
2018
39 x 19 x 18 cm
Wood
Edition of 100
Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
2010
Pinocchio 26 x 12.5 x 12 cm
Jiminy Cricket 5.5 x 2.2 x 3 cm
Vinyl
Edition of 500
Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
2010
Pinocchio 26 x 12.5 x 12 cm
Jiminy Cricket 5.5 x 2.2 x 3 cm
Vinyl
Edition of 500
Sponge Bob
2010
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Sponge Bob
2010
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
No One's Home
2015
91.5 x 73.7 cm
Silkscreen on paper		
Edition of 250
No One's Home
2015
91.5 x 73.7 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 250
The Things That Comfort
2015
74.3 x 85 cm
Silkscreen on paper	
Edition of 250
The Things That Comfort
2015
74.3 x 85 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 250
Stay Steady
2015
74.3 x 85 cm
Silkscreen on paper	
Edition of 250
Stay Steady
2015
74.3 x 85 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 250
Blame Game 
2014
89 x 58.4 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Blame Game
2014
89 x 58.4 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Dissected Companion (Grey)
2006
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Dissected Companion (Grey)
2006
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Ups and Downs
2013
89 x 58.4 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100+20AP
Ups and Downs
2013
89 x 58.4 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100+20AP
The News
2018
24 inches diameter
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
The News
2018
24 inches diameter
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Man's Best Friend
2015
89 x 58.4 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Man's Best Friend
2015
89 x 58.4 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100
Paper Smile
2012
70 x 58 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100+20AP
Paper Smile
2012
70 x 58 cm
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 100+20AP

PRESS

Behind the HYPE: How the KAWS Companion Is Disrupting the Art World and Beyond
VIDEO|Behind the HYPE: How the KAWS Companion Is Disrupting the Art World and Beyond
KAWS joins board of American Folk Art Museum
PRESS|The Art Newspaper:KAWS joins board of American Folk Art Museum
KAWS has left Perrotin
the gallery that has represented him for over a decade.
PRESS|Artsy:KAWS has left Perrotin, the gallery that has represented him for over a decade.
A Great KAWS:The Artist Is Honored at the Academy of Art's Tribeca Ball
PRESS|VOGUE:A Great KAWS: The Artist Is Honored at the Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball
KAWS:From Graffiti To Galerie Perrotin|Hong Kong Tatler
PRESS|KAWS: From Graffiti To Galerie Perrotin | Hong Kong Tatler

EXHIBITION

Art Formosa 2020
Aug., 27, 2020 - Aug., 30, 2020
GIN HUANG Gallery X Art Formosa 2020.
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ART on PAPER @ GIN HUANG Gallery
Online Exclusive
ARTSY online show : https://www.artsy.net/show/gin-huang-gallery-art-on-paper
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Super Me|Gallery Collection
Feb., 22, 2019  -  May., 3, 2019
“Super Me” Gallery Collection is from contemporary art master Jean-Michel Basquiat, major Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara, Murakami Takashi. One of most popular street artists Kaws.
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Follow Gin To Voyage
Oct., 06, 2018  -  Dec., 29, 2018
《Follow Gin to Voyage》gather contemporary art master Jean-Michel Basquiat, three major Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Murakami Takashi.
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Have Fun Together
Jul., 20, 2018  -  Sep., 30, 2018
​We all have a toy that we treated as a close friend when we were little. As time passing by, the memory gradually faded away.
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