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KAWS Art

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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.

Learn how to spot a fake KAWS art toy, and browse authentic KAWS prints, sculptures and mixed media works on 1stDibs.

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Artist: KAWS
Resting Place - brown
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl 9 × 5 1/2 in 22.86 × 14 cm Sold in mint, 'as new' condition, in original publisher packaging as issued.
Category

2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

Passing Through, open edition - black
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl Sold in mint condition, as issued. Measures 8 X 6 X 6 inches (20.3 X 15.2 X 15.2 cm)
Category

2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

KAWSBOB (red)
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: KAWS Medium: screenprint on wove paper Title: KAWSBOB (red) Signed: Signed and numbered Year: 2011 Edition: 90/100 (there were also 20 artist’s proofs) Published by KAWS, Inc...
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2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS UK Holiday Companion Black
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS: HOLIDAY United Kingdom Black (KAWS UK): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in an upright standing position with its eyes covered. New in their original packaging - ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday SPACE: set of 2 works (KAWS space)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS: HOLIDAY SPACE: Set of 2 works (Black & Gold): KAWS SPACE is a celebration of 20 years of the KAWS COMPANION. Using a sounding balloon, the KAWS: HOLIDAY SPACE was sent up 41.5...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Polyurethane

KAWS UK Holiday Companion Brown (KAWS holiday)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS: HOLIDAY United Kingdom Brown (KAWS UK): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in an upright standing position with its eyes covered. New in their original packaging - ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Japan black (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Holiday Companion (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan): This sold out figurine features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. This figurine was published by All R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl, Resin

Blame Game No. 2
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: KAWS Medium: Screenprint on Saunders Waterford 410gsm High White Paper Title: No. 2 Portfolio: Blame Game Year: 2014 Edition: PP 2/5 Sheet Size: 35" x 23" Signed: Signed and ...
Category

2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

Family
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Vinyl 14 × 12 × 6 in 35.6 × 30.5 × 15.2 cm Sold in mint condition, in (sealed) original publisher packaging as issued.
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

KAWS, What Party - Chum (Full set of 5), Sculpture, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, What Party - Chum (Full set of 5), Sculpture, 2020 Sculpture. Painted Cast Vinyl. Excellent, 'as new' condition, as issued. Stamped on the underside of the feet. Sold in the ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Plastic

What Party (Orange), KAWS
By KAWS
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: KAWS (1974) Title: What Party (Orange) Year: 2020 Medium: Silkscreen on Saunders Waterford paper Size: 22 x 22 inches Edition: 100, plus proofs Condition: Excellent Inscripti...
Category

2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

Small Lie - black
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
The figure features the companion slumped over in what appears to be a disappointing stance, with a long nose that's reminiscent of Pinocchio. Unique from the Open Edition Companions...
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

KAWS TAKE: set of 2 works (KAWS Take companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS TAKE: Set of 2 Works - each new in original packaging. These standout KAWS figurative pieces are a variation of KAWS' large scale TAKE sculpture - a key highlight of the exhibi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY set of 3 works (KAWS Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY (Set of 3 works: orange, pink & yellow): 3 individual KAWS Companions featuring KAWS' CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAW...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS: SHARE limited edition screen print - Modern art, Companion & Pink BFF
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
SHARE Date of creation: 2022 Medium: Screen print on Stonehenge gray paper Edition number: 118/500 Size: 50.8 x 40.6 cm Condition: In mint conditions and not framed Observations: Scr...
Category

2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Signed KAWS Companion 2015 ( KAWS lane crawford)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Signed KAWS Lane Crawford Plush Companion: This well sized, 16.5" tall, brown KAWS plush Companion was published on the occasion of KAWS 2015 exhibition and collaboration with the C...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Cotton

KAWS Ceramic Teapot
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Sold out and now highly collectable. Sold in mint, 'as new' condition, unused and in original publisher packaging (as issued).
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Ceramic

KAWS brown Companion 2016 & KAWS SEPARATED brown (set of 2 works)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Companion, 2016 & KAWS SEPARATED brown 2021, set of two individual works: This set features KAWS classic figurative sculpture, KAWS Companion, which was published by Medi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Minimalist KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION 2020: Complete Set of 3 Works (KAWS 2020 set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 2020 Companion: Complete Set of 3 Works: KAWS COMPANION 2020 was created by KAWS to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his signature figure, Companion — and as cultural commen...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS blush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art M...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Snoopy (large - black) by KAWS
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
21.70 in (55.1 cm) Sold in 'as new' condition. The item has never been used or displayed.
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Polyester

UNTITLED (SNOOPY)
By KAWS
Located in Aventura, FL
Screen print cutout on Saunders Waterford 425gm HP Hi-White paper. Hand signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Artwork size 10.5 x 8 inches. Custom framed as pictured. Frame si...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Tension No. 6
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: KAWS Medium: Screenprint on Saunders Waterford 425gsm High White Paper Title: No. 6 Signed: Signed and numbered in pencil Portfolio: Tension Year: 2019 Edition: 100 Sheet Siz...
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS BFF set of 3 works (KAWS Pink, Black, Blue BFF)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS BFF 2018: Complete Set of 3 (Pink, Black, and Blue). Each, new/unopened in their original packaging: A highly collectible KAWS Companion set and variation of Kaws' large scale B...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

Urge (I)
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color screenprint on Saunders Waterford paper. Signed, dated and numbered 199/250 in pencil. Published by the artist, New York. From the same titled se...
Category

2010s Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Color, Screen

KAWS Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Blush Flayed Companion 2016: New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Ar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS, What Party - Chum in Pink, Painted Cast Vinyl Sculpture, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, What Party - Chum in Pink, Painted Cast Vinyl Sculpture, 2020 Painted Cast Vinyl Sold in 'as new' condition, unopened in original publisher box as issued. 11.3 × 5.1 × 3.7 in ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Paint

URGE No. 5
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
KAWS URGE 4 Artist: KAWS Medium: Screenprint on Saunders Waterford 425gm HP hi-white Title: No. 5 Portfolio: URGE Signed: Signed and numbered Year: 2020 Edition: 222/250 Sheet Size: ...
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS Black Along The Way (black KAWS Along The Way companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Along The Way Companion. New and unopened in its original packaging. The KAWS Along The Way figurine is a rendition of the artist's 2013 eighteen-foot wood sculpture origi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

URGE Title Page
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: KAWS Medium: Screenprinted colophon Portfolio: URGE Year: 2020 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 17" x 12 3/4"
Category

2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS Blush Companion (KAWS Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS Flayed): New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

URGE (COMPLETE SET)
By KAWS
Located in Aventura, FL
Based off of a series of paintings currently showing at the Brooklyn Museum. The limited edition works consist of 10 high quality screen prints on Saunders Waterford 425gm HP Hi-Whit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

SHARE
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: KAWS Title: SHARE Year: 2021 Edition: 460/500 Signed: Hand signed and numbered Medium: Screenprint on Stonehenge gray paper Framed Size: 25 1/4" x 21 1/4" Sheet Size: 20" x 16"
Category

2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS Companion 2016 (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Companion 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art Museu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SHARE set of 2 works (KAWS Share companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SHARE Companion (Set of 2: Black & Grey): Set of 2 KAWS SHARE figurative sculptures, each new & unopened in its original packaging. KAWS SHARE first appeared in 'BLACKOUT' – th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS FAMILY (grey KAWS Family companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS FAMILY 2021: A well-received work and variation of KAWS' larger FAMILY sculpture - this highly collectible KAWS Companion set was published on the occasion of KAWS’ first large ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Brown Flayed Companion 2016 (KAWS flayed brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Flayed Companion 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Ar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Pink BFF (KAWS BFF pink)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Rare KAWS BFF Pink new, unopened in its original packaging. A well-received work and variation of Kaws' large scale BFF sculpture is in Los Angeles's Playa Vista neighborhood Comple...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin

KAWS HOLIDAY HONG KONG LIMITED 20" PLUSH
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Limited edition plush in black. Made for the Holiday Hong Kong 2019 collection. Kaws signature stiched on bottom of foot. Packaged in Kaws Holiday drawstring bag. 20 inches tall. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Polyester

Warm Regards - brown
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl Released in 2009 Sold in mint condition 6.5 X 3.5 X 1 inches (16.5 X 8.9 X 2.5 cm)
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

KAWS Holiday Companion set (KAWS plush holiday complete set of 3)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Plush Holiday Companion Set of 3: These 20" figurines were published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ floating art piece in Hong Kong during Hong Kong Art Basel 2019. Each new...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Cotton

KAWS WHAT PARTY companion (KAWS Chum)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY (orange): KAWS orange WHAT PARTY Companion featuring KAWS' CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sculptural v...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

BFF - blue
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl 13 1/2 × 5 in 34.3 × 12.7 cm
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

Flayed Companion - grey
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl 10.5 X 4.5 X 2.5 inches (16.7 X 11.4 X 6.4 cm) Sold in mint, unused condition as issued
Category

2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

Pinnochio and Jiminy Cricket
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Two painted vinyl cast figures each with the artist's name, date, fabricator and collaborator printed on the underside. From the limited edition fabricated by Medicom Toy and Origina...
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

KAWS Flayed Companions 2016: complete set of 4 works (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion 2016: Complete Set of 4 Flayed Companions. Each, new and sealed in original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The E...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Family (Brown/Blue)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Four vinyl figures Open edition Unsigned and unnumbered New, as issued. Sold in the original boxes
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Plastic, Paint

Holiday Plates - Blue
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Material: Ceramic Dimension: 152 mm (Diameter) Sold in original box in mint, 'as new' condition (unused)
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Ceramic

KAWS Kubrick Bus Stop 2002 series volume 2
By KAWS
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Want to own an affordable OG KAWS piece from 2002? Look no further than the Kubrick Bus Stop Series. The series of five different boxed sets pays homage to the artist's groundbreakin...
Category

Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist KAWS Art

Materials

Vinyl

Holiday Hong Kong Bath Toy
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Sold in new condition, as issued.
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

Untitled
By KAWS
Located in Washington , DC, DC
This print was a part of a set that was specially crafted to commemorate KAWs’s involvement with Japanese designer Undercover’s Spring/Summer 2000 collection, launched in 1999.
Category

1990s Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Lithograph

KAWS Holiday Companion Japan (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Holiday Companion (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan): This figurative vinyl sculpture features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. Published by All Rights Res...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

What Party - white
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Vinyl sculpture 11 2/5 × 5 1/10 × 3 7/10 in 28.9 × 13 × 9.5 cm Sold in 'as new' condition. In original publisher packaging (as issued).
Category

2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

Companion (Mono)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted Cast Vinyl Open edition Stamped on the underside of feet New, as issued. Some minor imperfections may exist due to the nature of the material Sold sealed in the original p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Plastic, Vinyl

KAWS SEPARATED set of 2 works (KAWS Separated Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED (Set of 2 Works: Black & Grey): each new & unopened in original packaging: These highly collectible KAWS SEPARATED figures are derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY black (KAWS Black Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY Black: This KAWS Companion vinyl sculpture features KAWS' signature CHUM character in a sloping position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Tension No. 8
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: KAWS Medium: Screenprint on Saunders Waterford 425gsm High White Paper Title: No. 8 Signed: Signed and numbered in pencil Portfolio: Tension Year: 2019 Edition: 100 Sheet Siz...
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

Holiday Taipai - brown
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl Sold in mint condition, as issued. 5.5 X 7 X 5.5 inches (14 X 17.8 X 14 cm)
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Art

Materials

PVC

KAWS art for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic KAWS art for sale. You can find work that includes elements of blue, red, pink and other colors if you are browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom. You can browse by medium to find art by KAWS in vinyl paint, synthetic resin paint, and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Pop Art style. Not every interior allows for large KAWS art, so small editions measuring 1.25 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of Robert Indiana, Peter Max and Keith Haring. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $100 and tops out at $155,000, while the average work can sell for $1,910.
Questions About KAWS Art
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