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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 creates all kinds of art — there are KAWS figures and toys, sculptures and colorful drawings, 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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Artist: KAWS
KAWS - Companion - Black, 2017 - Painted Cast Vinyl
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new, in its original packaged, never open. Perfect condition. KAWS's cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his ea...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Snoopy print 2020 (KAWS prints)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Snoopy Print 2020: This rare, highly collectible KAWS Snoopy print was released on the occasion of the monumental 2021 KAWS Brooklyn Museum exhibition, KAWS: WHAT PARTY. Hand-si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Screen, Lithograph

Signed KAWS artist book 2010 (KAWS Colette Rizzoli blue cover)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Hand signed KAWS limited edition Monograph, 2010 (KAWS Colette): Published with a rare blue lettered KAWS designed cover exclusive to the legendary Parisi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Offset, Lithograph, Paper

KAWS x Sesame Street: set of 5 works (KAWS plush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Sesame Street: Complete Set of 5 plush figures: KAWS’ timeless interpretation of the 5 most popular Sesame Street characters – Elmo, Bert, Earn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Cotton

KAWS Dissected Milo Companion (KAWS Milo)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Dissected Milo Grey & White Companion, 2011: From a scarce 2011 collaboration between KAWS and the early influential KAWS collector, Nigo and his brand Bape (A Bathing Ape...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Blush Companion (KAWS red blush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion. 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 Museum...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Cotton

KAWS - Gone - Brown Version - collectible PopArt
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Gone- Brown version New on its original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Take Figure - Black Version _BFF Companion
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new piece in perfect condition. Several months after releasing the KAWS Share Figure in February, the artist released his long anticipated KAWS Take Figure. The fig...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Take Figure - Blue Version _BFF Companion
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new piece in perfect condition. Several months after releasing the KAWS Share Figure in February, the artist released his long anticipated KAWS Take Figure. The fig...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Passing Through Companion 2018 (Black)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Companion Passing Through 2018. Black colorway. New in its original packaging. The most iconic of the KAWS Companions. This classic black KAWS Companion quickly sold out ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - SHARE Hand signed & numbered - Modern Art Companion & Pink BFF Grey Pink
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
KAWS - 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, brand new and never fram...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Paper, Screen

KAWS The Promise (KAWS The Promise brown)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS The Promise (brown): A unique KAWS Companion featuring a blue & green globe being affectionately shared between parent & child. This timeless, highly collectible KAWS art toy wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

Untitled from URGE (Red) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge (Red) From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Lithograph, Screen

Untitled from URGE (Blue) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge (Powder Blue) From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Untitled from URGE (Grey) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge (Grey) From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Lithograph, Screen

Untitled from URGE (Maroon) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge (Maroon) From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Untitled from URGE (Purple) Signed original screen print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge From the rare limited edition of 250 Original screenprint on paper Hand-signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Lithograph, Screen

Untitled from URGE (White) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Lithograph, Screen

KAWS HOLIDAY INDONESIA TOWEL (New with Tags) - LARGE 67" x 39.5"
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS KAWS HOLIDAY INDONESIA TOWEL (NEW WITH TAGS), 2023 100% cotton oversized beach towel Unsigned Measuremeents: 67" × 39 1/2 inches (measurements folded also included) Unframed Th...
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2010s Street Art KAWS Art

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Cotton, Mixed Media

KAWS BFF X DIOR
By KAWS
Located in PARIS, FR
Already exhibited in the Kaws museum in Brooklyn and recognizable by his costume, this is a Kaws made in collaboration with Dior in 2019 during the new Dior men's collection and whic...
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2010s KAWS Art

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Acrylic

Untitled from URGE (Green) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Lithograph, Screen

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 - ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl, Resin

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 - ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Share Figure - Brown Version _Brand new collectible
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new piece in perfect condition. KAWS SHARE (Brown version), new & unopened in its original packaging: KAWS SHARE first appeared in 'BLACKOUT' – the first London sol...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS 'TIME OFF' Black Vinyl Toy Figure, 2023
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
'KAWS: TIME OFF Pink' Vinyl Figure is a black vinyl and resin art toy posed in a relaxed, lounging manner. The figurine is a marvelous addition to any surface area, and is able to br...
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2010s KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS BFF Companion (KAWS BFF black)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black BFF 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. Medium: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS URGE (KAWS ceramic plates)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS URGE This complete set of KAWS ceramic plates features KAWS' CHUM character and was published by The Brooklyn Museum on the occasion of the 2021 KAWS...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Ceramic, Lithograph, Screen

KAWS, Gone - Screenprint incl. Limited Edition Catalogue, Signed Print
By KAWS
Located in Hamburg, DE
KAWS (American, b. 1974) Gone, 2019 Medium: Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle 300gsm (incl. limited edition catalogue for the exhibition of KAWS: Companionship in the Ages of Lonelines...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Screen

KAWS Tension Bearbrick 400% (KAWS Tension Be@rbrick)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Tension Bearbrick 400%: This much sought-after KAWS Tension Be@rbrick figure features the artist's signature "X"’s and bright lush colors synonymous with his more abstract works...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

HOLIDAY INDONESIA - ACCOMPLICE Figure (Black)
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS:HOLIDAY KAWS:HOLIDAY INDONESIA - Figure (Black) SPECIFICATION • Material: Vinyl • Dimension: L11.5 inches • Certificated NFC chip of authenticity For this tenth stop on the tou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Plastic, Rubber, PVC, Paint

KAWS 'Wood Hand' Wood Sculpture, 2016
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS 'Wood Hand' Wood is a limited edition sculpture, unknown edition number. Artist name and details incised on the underside. KAWS, born in 1974, is a New-York based artist who fi...
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2010s KAWS Art

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Wood

KAWS 'Blame Game' (Full Portfolio) Screenprints, 2016
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS 'Man's Best Friend' (Full Portfolio) Screenprints, 2016 is an unknown edition. Each print measures 35 x 32 in. / 88.9 x 58.4 cm. Signed, numbered, and dated on recto. KAWS, bo...
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2010s KAWS Art

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Screen

KAWS 'Man's Best Friend' (Full Portfolio) Screenprints, 2016
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS 'Man's Best Friend' (Full Portfolio) Screenprints, 2016 is a limited edition of 100. Each print measures 35 x 32 in. / 88.9 x 58.4 cm. Signed, numbered, and dated on recto. KA...
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS 'No Reply' (Full Portfolio) Screenprints, 2015
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS, born in 1974, is a New-York based artist who first gained international attention by designing limited edition toys and clothing. He practiced his now iconic style as a young g...
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2010s KAWS Art

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Screen

KAWS Bus Stop 2002
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 'Bus Stop' 2002: Paying homage to KAWS’ early days as graffiti artist, the “Bus Stop” features a plastic bus stop and two KAWS toys on the platform. Features iconic KAWS heads, eyes, and designs. Medium: Painted cast resin figures. Year: 2002. Dimensions: Box: 8.25 X 8.25 x 3 Bus Stop: 3.5 x 6.4 x 2.25 Figurines: 2.75 x 1.4 inches (each) Condition: New/unopened in its original box; very good to excellent condition. Published by Medicom. Each stamped on the reverse '©KAWS..02'. KAWS is a fine artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer, and toymaker. His cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his early career as a street artist, when he began replacing advertisements with his own, masterful acrylic paintings in the early 1990s. Related Categories Street Art. Retna. Shepard Fairey. Damien Hirst. Pop Art. Kaws sculpture. Kaws open edition. Kaws Passing Through. Kaws Resting Place...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Kanye West 808's and Heartbreak (Deluxe Edition Record)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Amazing Deluxe Edition Album with artwork by Kaws. Original release from 2008 not re-issue. Kaws artwork is featured throughout this album on cover, gatefold and record labels. Inclu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Color

KAWS Brown Flayed Companion 2016 (KAWS flayed companion brown)
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 Art Museum of Fort Worth. ThIs figurine has since sold out. Medium: Painted Vinyl Cast Resin figure. Year: 2016 Dimensions: 11 × 5 inches. New, unopened; excellent condition Stamped on underside feet, from a sold out edition of unknown; scarce. Provenance: MoMa design store NY. “KAWS” is a fine artist, illustrator...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

Limited Ceramic Plate Set - Red (Set of 4)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Porcelain Open edition Unsigned and unnumbered; stamped on underside of each plate Excellent. Scratch on box (approx. 4cm long). Small amount of residue on sheet under each plate Sol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Porcelain

KAWS BFF Plush (Black)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Super soft Kaws BFF Plush. Limited edition of 3000. Kaws signature stich stamped on bottom of foot. Comes in custom black and pink presentation box. Attached tag is numbered from edi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Polyester

KAWS Mount Fuji (Blue)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Limited Edition. Certificate of Authenticity with Edition Number attached to tag. Released for the Kaws outdoor exhibition at Mount Fuji in Japan, 2019. Soft plush of Mt. Fuji in blu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Fabric, Polyester

KAWS Mount Fuji (Pink)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Limited Edition release from 2019. Released for the Kaws outdoor exhibition at Mount Fuji in Japan. Soft plush of Mt. Fuji in ultra soft pink. Packaged in custom printed, pink box wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Polyester

KAWS rare hand signed offset litho poster from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park UK
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Hand Signed), 2016 Offset lithograph poster, uniquely signed and dated by KAWS 33 × 24 inches Signed and dated on the lower front Unframed Hand...
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2010s Street Art KAWS Art

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Offset, Ink, Lithograph

KAWS, Signed New Fiction Hardback Book, 2023
By KAWS
Located in Manchester, GB
KAWS Signed New Fiction Hardback Book, 2023 Hardback book 9 1/2 × 7 7/10 in 24.1 × 19.6 cm Hand-signed New Fiction hardback book from Phaidon's sold out release of this art book, f...
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2010s Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Magazine Paper

The News 2
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS The News 2 2017 24 X 24 Original serigraph in colors on paper From the rare limited edition of 100 Signed and Numbered in pencil by KAWS Mint perfect condition
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS CHUM KAWS WHAT PARTY complete set of 10 (KAWS Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS CHUM (20th anniversary), KAWS WHAT PARTY: complete set of 10 works: These KAWS CHUM & What Party Companions feature KAWS' CHUM Companion brilliantly rendered as complete set of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin

KAWS Holiday Indonesia: set of 2 works (KAWS Indonesia)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Holiday Indonesia: complete set of 2 works (KAWS Indonesia): These figurative vinyl sculptures feature KAWS' Accomplice character in a resting position; published on the occasio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl, Resin

KAWS TAKE Companion (black KAWS Take)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS TAKE (Black) new & unopened in its original packaging. A standout KAWS figurative sculpture and variation of KAWS' large scale TAKE sculpture - a key h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl, Resin

KAWS Holiday United Kingdom black (KAWS Holiday UK 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 original packaging - publis...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS 'STAR WARS BOBA FETT' Vinyl Painted Figure, 2013
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS 'STAR WARS BOBA FETT' Vinyl Painted Figure, 2013 measures 10 x 5 x 3 in / 25.4 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm. Limited Edition of 500. Stamped on bottom of foot. Unboxed, accompanied by origin...
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2010s Street Art KAWS Art

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Metal

KAWS THE PROMISE (KAWS The Promise Grey)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS The Promise (grey): A unique KAWS Companion featuring a blue & green globe being affectionately shared between parent & child. This timeless, highly collectible KAWS art toy was published on the occasion of: The Promise art installation at Dadu, Children’s Museum of Qatar. The larger artwork was installed on November 21, amid the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 festivities. Medium: Vinyl, paint. 2022. Dimensions: 13.39 × 6.3 x 9.45 inches. New and accompanied by original packaging. Never displayed. Stamped on the underside. From a sold out edition of unknown. Packed safely & professionally. We are a trusted leading seller in this category. Shipped securely from New York. We are a leading seller in this category, also specializing in Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol & more. 1stDibs seller since 2016. More on KAWS: KAWS is an American graffiti artist and designer known for his toys, paintings, and prints. Born Brian Donnelly on November 4, 1974 in Jersey City, NJ, KAWS graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and went on to work in animation. “When your whole art is based on the lettering you choose, you kinda figure out what ones work together. I just liked the shapes of the k, a, w, s,” he explained of his moniker. Having started as a graffiti artist in New York in the early 1990s, KAWS began reworking advertisements in his distinctive style. Pop Art and culture permeate his cartoonish Companion series of figurines, which bear a resemblance to the works of Takashi Murakami. KAWS worked together with Nike in 2017 to produce an Air Jordan 4 shoe and has done multiple collaborations with the clothing brand Uniqlo, continuing to blur the boundaries between fine and commercial art. The artist is also known for his large scale public installations, such as 2019’s KAWS: Holiday which was installed in the Hong Kong harbor during Basel Hong Kong. In 2019, THE KAWS ALBUM (2005) sold at auction for a record $14.8 million, breaking his previous record of $2.7 million which was set in 2018. This work is a take on the Beatles' famous 1967 album cover for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, but instead replaced with characters from The Simpsons with the artist's signature Xs drawn across their eyes and skull. After years in the industry, KAWS gained approval from his peers in the street art world and more recently prestige from the museum and gallery worlds. Today, his work can be found in the collections at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Rosenblum Collection in Paris. KAWS currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Related Categories: Banksy. Shepard Fairey. Damien Hirst. Pop Art. Kaws sculpture. Kaws grey. Hebru Brantley. Takashi Murakami. Keith Haring. KAWS The Promise. KAWS Promise...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

Untitled from URGE (Powder Blue)
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge (Powder Blue) From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Silkscreen on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Untitled from URGE (Dark Red) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge (Dark Red) From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Untitled from URGE (Light Green) Signed Original Screen Print
By KAWS
Located in Philadelphia, PA
KAWS Untitled from Urge From the rare limited edition of 250 Original Screen print on paper Hand signed and numbered MINT Condition
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2010s KAWS Art

Materials

Lithograph, Screen

KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS grey companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Grey: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in shame ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - BFF - Plush Pink_limited edition
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new piece in perfect condition. Several months after releasing the KAWS Share Figure in February, the artist released his long anticipated K...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

Materials

Fabric

KAWS Kubrick Bus Stop Set 1 (KM001)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Ready to display super cool Kaws Kubrick Bus Stop Set-1. Released in 2002. Comes complete with 2 mini Kaws figures. Figures are stamped with “KAWS..02” on back of leg. Bus Stop has K...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Plastic, Vinyl

Kaws art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic KAWS art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of blue, pink, purple and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by KAWS in paint, synthetic resin paint, vinyl paint and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective 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 2 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Peter Max, Robert Indiana, and Heidler & Heeps. KAWS art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $125 and tops out at $200,000, while the average work can sell for $1,970.
Questions About KAWS Art
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    The most popular KAWS art is a topic that is open to debate. However, his first-ever toy design is a favorite among collectors. Called COMPANION, it is an eight-inch-tall vinyl reimagining of Mickey Mouse with a skull-and-crossbones head and trademark XX eyes. COMPANION debuted with a limited run of 500 and sold out quickly. Find an assortment of KAWS figures on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Many people consider KAWS’s art type to be Pop art. The style first emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, Pop art’s practitioners drew on imagery from popular culture, using things like comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media to create original paintings, prints and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way. In his work, KAWS similarly appropriates pop phenomena like Mickey Mouse, the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants. Shop a selection of KAWS art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Brooklyn, New York artist KAWS uses a variety of mediums for his work, with acrylic painting, screen prints and sculptures being the most predominant. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic KAWS pieces from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    What is so special about KAWS is that the American artist creates imaginative pieces that appropriate pop phenomena like the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants. He is particularly well known for his toys, including his debut figure, Companion, inspired by Mickey Mouse. He has also teamed up with streetwear brands like A Bathing Ape and Supreme and collaborated with designer Kim Jones on the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Find a range of KAWS art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A KAWS figure is a toy or figurine comparable to an action figure, created by the American artist, Brian Donnelly, who is known professionally as KAWS. Called ‘companions’, the figures are in KAWS’ signature style, and monster-size versions have been seen everywhere from Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Shop a selection of KAWS pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
  • Irena Orlov ArtMarch 1, 2021
    Kaws' Companion is a clown-like figure based on a Mickey Mouse with X-ed out eyes.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    KAWS is famous for producing figures, toys, sculptures, drawings, paintings and prints that borrow from pop culture phenomena like the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants. In 1999, he partnered with Bounty Hunter, a Japanese toy and streetwear brand, to release his first toy. Called Companion, it was an 8-inch-tall vinyl reimagining of Mickey Mouse, with a skull-and-crossbones head and XX eyes. Companion debuted with a limited run of 500 and sold out quickly. The piece was the first of more than 130 toy designs by KAWS, which came to include such characters as Chum, Blitz, Be@rbrick, BFF and Milo, each immediately recognizable as KAWS figures by their XX eyes. Explore a selection of KAWS art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    The word KAWS means an American artist. Born Brian Donnelly, KAWS adopted the name when he was active as a graffiti artist in New Jersey and New York. In interviews, he has explained that KAWS has no particular meaning to him. He simply chose the name because he liked how the characters looked. He is most well known for his line of whimsical figures with double-X eyes. Explore a range of KAWS art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, KAWS are always produced in limited edition runs. KAWS is a New York-based artist who designs limited edition toys and clothing. He is known for creating figurines that mix both high- and low-brow art. Widely popular with pop culture enthusiasts and collectors, KAWS art can only be found through select retailers. Find a range of KAWS art for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    KAWS is an American artist, toy and clothing designer. Born in New Jersey under the name Brian Donnelly, he became interested in graffiti very early on. He earned a BFA and began working for Disney. His artwork gained popularity and he began traveling and designing toys and clothing while continuing art and sculptures. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    A KAWS FAMILY set is a collection of four sculptures created by artist Brian “KAWS” Donnelly that come in a set. The term family refers to the fact that the set comprises two large and two small figures, so side by side, they resemble parents and children. Donnelly released the sets on September 13, 2021, in an assortment of colorways. On 1stDibs, find a selection of authentic KAWS sculptures.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, artist Brian Donnelly, known professionally as KAWS, does make his own art. He admits he has a regimented schedule now that he has children, and finds that this has made him more productive, allowing him to focus on sculptures and paintings in the mornings. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    What KAWS’s art means is open to interpretation. 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. Companion is now the most visible of the KAWS posse, appearing over the past decade in new postures and combinations in monumental works. 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 explained in the catalogue for an exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in Texas. “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.” On 1stDibs, find a diverse assortment of KAWS art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The KAWS Take open edition is a type of vinyl figurine sold as a decorative object or work of art. Arton Contemporary produces the figurines in limited quantities. The open edition Take debuted in 2020. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of KAWS art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    What makes KAWS’s art unique is the artist's innovative approach to his work. The American artist seamlessly blends elements of Pop art, street art and popular culture into his pieces. He is known for putting a creative spin on familiar characters and his playful figurines, which often feature double-X eyes. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of art by KAWS.

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