KAWS (Brian Donnelly)
(New Jersey 1974)
Gone (2019)
Signed and dated 19 lower right
Numbered 526/750 lower left
Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle paper, 38.4 x 30 cm
Published by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne for the exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
Accompanied by the book KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, with text by Margaret Atwood, signed and dated by the artist KAWS.. 1919, and numbered 526/750
Presented in a Wibalin Buckram-bound print case with archival-grade print envelope inside
Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, is one of the most recognisable artists of his generation. Inspired by the Pop aesthetics of Claes Oldenburg and Tom Wesselmann and driven by his personal captivation with cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, or the Michelin Man, he emerged from the 1990s New York street art scene. Unlike most artists, KAWS did not start out with a gallery; instead he marked buildings in New York, creating ‘forced collaborations’ by employing advertisements found in public places, including telephone booths. When KAWS was approached by Bounty Hunter, the cult and streetwear brand, he visited Japan, where he would go to create his first toy named COMPANION. His toys immediately became a big success and COMPANION, a recurring figure in his work. KAWS embraces frequent brand collaborations and addresses the intersection of art and commerce with a playful sense of humor. Many have compared him to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, whose own inimitable styles started out on the street, as well as Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, who both had an instinctive understanding of the possibilities of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.

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