Kaws Artwork for Sale

KAWS is the way Brian Donnelly tagged his early graffiti and continues to sign his work today. He says that the letters K-A-W-S have no special meaning, he just likes the way they look As a teen, in the early ‘90s, KAWS rode the train from his home in Jersey City to paint graffiti along the streets of Manhattan. He would remove the locks and unscrew the glass that protected ads on bus stops and phone booths. After removing the […]

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Kaws

KAWS is the way Brian Donnelly tagged his early graffiti and continues to sign his work today. He says that the letters K-A-W-S have no special meaning, he just likes the way they look

As a teen, in the early ‘90s, KAWS rode the train from his home in Jersey City to paint graffiti along the streets of Manhattan. He would remove the locks and unscrew the glass that protected ads on bus stops and phone booths. After removing the posters, he would transform them with his own work, then surreptitiously return them to their original locations. KAWS painting technique was so masterful, that it was hard to tell where the original left off and the KAWS additions began…except for the context.

Some of the ads that KAWS painted over were created by fashion photographer, David Sims. Sims liked KAWS work so much, that he invited KAWS to London to paint over his actual photos, rather than stolen posters of his work.

After leaving the New York School of Visual Arts, in 1996, with a BFA in illustration, KAWS worked for Disney, painting backgrounds for animated films. He eventually went to Tokyo, where he found he found a niche making toys, which have become very collectible.

KAWS work has always been sleek and playful, his brushwork perfect. The images he uses seem familiar, but he shapes, paints, positions and transforms them in ways that give them new emotional content.

There is something so relatable about KAWS’ work, that his art has become sought after in galleries museums around the world and by artists and musicians like Kanye West and John Mayer.

One of KAWS most recognizable creations is Companion, a cartoon, mouse-like figure with KAWS’ signature Xs, posed with its hands shyly covering its eyes. KAWS has painted, drawn and sculpted many version of Companion.

In 2012, he was asked to create a Companion float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

These days, KAWS works out of his Brooklyn studio, full of his collection of paintings and prints. He calls himself a, “cat lady, but with drawings and paintings,” including some of our VFA favorites, like Ruscha, Haring and Oldenburg.

At the beginning of this year, KAWS created a limited edition print, called, You Should Know I Know, which is in our gallery as of this writing.

As with most of KAWS art, the work has all the elements that make it so recognizable as a KAWS; the X, the bold shapes and colors, and a few soft touches, possibly the influence of his time he’s spent in Japan.

Please contact us, or stop by the gallery, for more information about You Should Know I Know or any of the other art at VFA.

Photo of the Artist, Courtesy of KAWS Brian Donnelly

Photo of the Artist, Courtesy of KAWS Brian Donnelly

DKNY Poster in NYC, transformed by KAW

DKNY Poster in NYC, transformed by KAWS. 2006

KAWS, UNTITLED (COLLABORATION WITH DAVID SIMS), 2000-1 ACRYLIC ON PHOTOGRAPHY, 16 X 12 INCHES

KAWS, UNTITLED (COLLABORATION WITH DAVID SIMS), 2000-1
ACRYLIC ON PHOTOGRAPHY, 16 X 12 INCHES

KAWS, UNTITLED (COLLABORATION WITH DAVID SIMS), 2000-1 ACRYLIC ON PHOTOGRAPHY, 16 X 12 INCHES

KAWS, UNTITLED (COLLABORATION WITH DAVID SIMS), 2000-1
ACRYLIC ON PHOTOGRAPHY, 16 X 12 INCHES

KAWS, UNTITLED (COLLABORATION WITH DAVID SIMS), 2000-1 ACRYLIC ON PHOTOGRAPHY, 16 X 12 INCHES

KAWS, UNTITLED (COLLABORATION WITH DAVID SIMS), 2000-1
ACRYLIC ON PHOTOGRAPHY, 16 X 12 INCHES

Kaws The Kimpsons, 2010

Kaws
The Kimpsons, 2010

Kaws Kanye West Album Cover,

Kaws
Kanye West Album Cover, 2008

Kaws Kanye West Album Cover,

Kaws
Kanye West Album Cover, 2008

John Mayer and Kaws have teamed up to produce a collection of guitar picks featuring some of Kaws’ most recognizable icons. Each design also includes a signed and dated tag from each artist and as Mayer puts it, look for these to be launched into upcoming front row concert attendees.

John Mayer and Kaws have teamed up to produce a collection of guitar picks featuring some of Kaws’ most recognizable icons. Each design also includes a signed and dated tag from each artist and as Mayer puts it, look for these to be launched into upcoming front row concert attendees.

John Mayer and Kaws Guitar PIcks, Front

John Mayer and Kaws Guitar PIcks, Front

‘Along the Way,’ by the Brooklyn-based artist known as KAWS

‘Along the Way,’ by the Brooklyn-based artist KAWS, seen at the Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea. PHOTO: CASSANDRA GIRALDO FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The balloon of the character Companion, by the artist KAWS, floats in the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Librado Romero/The New York Times)