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KAWS Clean Slate complete set of 3 (KAWS Companion clean slate set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate; Complete Set of 3 (Black, Brown & Grey), new & unopened in their original packaging. A well-received work and variation of Kaws' large scale Together sculpture hel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate set of 2 (KAWS clean slate black & grey)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate Set of 2 (Black & Grey), new & unopened in their original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlight...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate Set of 2 (KAWS clean slate brown & grey)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate set of 2 (Grey & Brown), new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlight of KA...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Clean Slate - Set of 2 - Grey and Black Version - brand new
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Clean Slate - set of 2 (Grey & Black version), new & unopened in its original packaging. Sold Out versions after the artist's retrospect exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of F...
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate Set of 2 (KAWS brown & black clean slate companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate: Set of 2 (Brown & Black), each new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received work and variations of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlig...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate complete set of 3 (KAWS Companion clean slate set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate; Complete Set of 3 (Black, Brown & Grey), new & unopened in their original packaging. A well-received work and variation of Kaws' large scale Together sculpture hel...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate Set of 2 (KAWS clean slate brown & grey)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate set of 2 (Grey & Brown), new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlight of KA...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate Companion Set of 2 (KAWS brown & black clean slate)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate: Set of 2 (Brown & Black), each new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received work and variations of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlig...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate complete set of 3 (Kaws Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate; Complete Set of 3 (Black, Brown & Grey), new & unopened in their original packaging. A well-received work and variation of Kaws' large scale Together sculpture hel...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

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KAWS Biography and Important Works

In the beginning, Brian Donnelly was just a kid from Jersey City, New Jersey, who got into the graffiti thing. KAWS was his tag, chosen simply because he liked the way it looked. Today, KAWS’s oeuvre encompasses art toys, sculptures and colorful paintings and prints that appropriate pop phenomena like the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.

In the late 1990s, the artist, a 1996 graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, was making a living as an illustrator for the animation studio Jumbo Pictures. Like young Hansel and Gretel with their trail of crumbs, KAWS would mark the morning route to his downtown Manhattan office with “subvertising,” “interrupting” fashion advertisements by adding his colorful character Bendy, its sinuous length sliding playfully around the likes of a Calvin Klein perfume bottle or supermodel Christy Turlington.

These creations gained a following, to the point where work posted in the morning would disappear by lunchtime. Even in those early days, KAWS was hot on the resale market.

“When I was doing graffiti,” he once explained, “it meant nothing to me to make paintings if I wasn’t reaching people.” Instead of seeking entrée to the elite New York art world (which, frankly, wasn’t looking for a street artist anyway), KAWS moved to Japan, where a flourishing youth culture welcomed visionaries like him.

In 1999, he partnered with Bounty Hunter, a Japanese toy and streetwear brand, to release his first toy. Companion — an eight-inch-tall vinyl reimagining of Mickey Mouse, with a skull-and-crossbones head and trademark XX eyes — debuted with a limited run of 500. It sold out quickly.

Companion was the first of more than 130 toy designs, which came to include such characters as Chum, Blitz, Be@rbrick, BFF and Milo, each immediately recognizable as KAWS figures by their XX eyes. Fans have proved insatiable. In 2017, MoMA’s online store announced the availability of a limited supply of KAWS Companion figures; as avid collectors logged on to stake their claim, the website crashed — multiple times.

Companion is the most visible of the KAWS posse, appearing over the past decade in new postures and combinations in monumental works. These include Along the Way (2013), an 18-foot-tall wooden sculpture of two Companions leaning on each other for support; Together (2016), two Companions in a friendly embrace, which debuted during an exhibition of KAWS’s work at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in Texas; and KAWS:HOLIDAY (2018), a 92-foot-long inflatable Companion floating on its back in Seoul’s Seokchon Lake. The sculptures were re-created as toys, blurring the lines between art and commerce.

KAWS’s visual language may be drawn from cartoons, but his work doesn’t necessarily evoke childlike joy. “My figures are not always reflecting the idealistic cartoon view that I grew up on,” he explains in the catalogue for the Fort Worth exhibition. “Companion is more real in dealing with contemporary human circumstances . . . . I think when I’m making work it also often mirrors what’s going on with me at that time.”

KAWS's résumé reads like a record of major 21st-century pop-culture moments. It includes his work with streetwear brands like A Bathing Ape and Supreme; his design for the cover of Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak; and his collaboration with designer Kim Jones on the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Jones’s debut as the fashion brand’s creative director.

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Finding the Right Figurative Sculptures for You

Figurative sculptures mix reality and imagination, with the most common muse being the human body. Animals are also inspirations for these sculptures, along with forms found in nature.

While figurative sculpture dates back over 35,000 years, the term came into popularity in the 20th century to distinguish it from abstract art. It was aligned with the Expressionist movement in that many of its artists portrayed reality but in a nonnaturalistic and emotional way. In the 1940s, Alberto Giacometti — a Swiss-born artist who was interested in African art, Cubism and Surrealism — created now-iconic representational sculptures of the human figure, and after World War II, figurative sculpture as a movement continued to flourish in Europe.

Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon were some of the leading figurative artists during this period. Artists like Jeff Koons and Maurizio Cattelan propelled the evolution of figurative sculpture into the 21st century.

Figurative sculptures can be whimsical, uncanny and beautiful. Their materials range from stone and wood to metal and delicate ceramics. Even in smaller sizes, the sculptures make bold statements. A bronze sculpture by Salvador Dalí enhances a room; a statuesque bull by Jacques Owczarek depicts strength with its broad chest while its thin legs speak of fragility. Figurative sculptures allow viewers to see what is possible when life is reimagined.

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