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KAWS Mixed Media

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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
Blanket (Blue) by KAWS
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
100% superfine cashmere 50.98 x 70.98 in (129.5 x 180.3 cm) Edition of 80. Sold in 'as new' / unused condition and in original packaging (as issued). Sold unframed.
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Wool

Red Blanket, Cashmere, Contemporary Art, Street Art, Urban Art
By KAWS
Located in Hamburg, DE
KAWS (American, b. 1974) Red Blanket, 2019 Medium: 100% superfine cashmere Dimensions: 130 × 180 cm (51 1/5 × 70 9/10 in) Edition size: 85 Publisher: Studio Voltaire, London Conditio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Wool

Chopsticks (Holiday - Japan)
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
For his Holiday Japan event at the base of Mount Fuji, KAWS released a set of wooden chopsticks. The wooden chopsticks, which feature his famous X motif engraved on each stick, were ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Wood

Signed KAWS ONE monograph (KAWS Tokyo 2001)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Signed KAWS ONE Artist Book 2001: Rare hand graffiti-signed KAWS ONE artist book, Tokyo, Japan, 2001. A rare early monograph documenting KAWS’ seminal New York bus ad “interruption...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Paper

Bert & Ernie (Sesame Street) by KAWS
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
20.50 in (52.1 cm) Sold in 'as new' condition, with original publisher tags as issued. 100% Polyester.
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Polyester

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.
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Polyester

Blanket (Red)
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
100% superfine cashmere 50.98 x 70.98 in (129.5 x 180.3 cm) Edition of 80. Sold in 'as new' / unused condition and in original packaging (as issued). Sold unframed.
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Wool

Signed KAWS Colette x Rizzoli artist book (KAWS Rizzoli blue cover) 2010
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Hand signed limited edition KAWS Rizzoli x Colette Artist Monograph, 2010: Published with a rare blue lettered dust jacket exclusive to the legendary Parisian boutique, Colette; from...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Paper

KAWS: HOLIDAY JAPAN Mount Fuji Ceramic Plate Set (Set of 4)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS: HOLIDAY JAPAN Mount Fuji Ceramic Plate Set (Set of 4): This standout KAWS ceramic plate set was published by All Rights Reserved to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ 40-meters-lon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS HOLIDAY: Hong Kong (announcement)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS HOLIDAY: Hong Kong 2019: Rare inflated promotional figure published by All Rights Reserved to advertise the debut of a large scale KAWS floating figure in Hong Kong's Victoria H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Plastic

Kaws Blush Set Flayed & Companion YUZ Museum China Decorative Figures Pop Urban
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design a...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Resin, Vinyl

Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket, Disney + KAWS, Art Toy, 2010
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS and Disney collaboration Art Toy, ‘Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket’ is a heartwarming vinyl duo by street-artist and contemporary master, KAWS. The collectable iconic pair was crea...
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Resin, Vinyl

'Astro Boy' Art Toy, Black and White
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
Iconic limited edition Art Toy ‘Astro Boy’ in monochromatic greyscale is designed by KAWS in collaboration with 'Original Fake' manufactured by Medicom Toy. The collectable art figur...
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Resin, Vinyl

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Blanket (Red)
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
100% superfine cashmere 50.98 x 70.98 in (129.5 x 180.3 cm) Edition of 80. Sold in 'as new' / unused condition and in original packaging (as issued). Sold unframed.
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Wool

  • Blanket (Red)
  • Blanket (Red)
  • Blanket (Red)
  • Blanket (Red)
H 50.98 in. W 70.98 in.
KS by Kenny Scharf
By Kenny Scharf
Located in London, GB
Digital print on archival Canson Mi-Teintes paper 13.00 x 19.00 in (33.0 x 48.3 cm) Edition of 250, signed and numbered by the artist. Publisher stamp, recto. Acquired directly fr...
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Bert & Ernie (Sesame Street) by KAWS
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
20.50 in (52.1 cm) Sold in 'as new' condition, with original publisher tags as issued. 100% Polyester.
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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.
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2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Polyester

Chopsticks (Holiday - Japan)
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
For his Holiday Japan event at the base of Mount Fuji, KAWS released a set of wooden chopsticks. The wooden chopsticks, which feature his famous X motif engraved on each stick, were ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Wood

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)
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Ceramic

  • Holiday Plates - Blue
  • Holiday Plates - Blue
  • Holiday Plates - Blue
  • Holiday Plates - Blue
H 5.99 in. Dm 5.99 in.
KAWS, Along the way Monograph Book, Cardstock, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Along the way Monograph Book, Cardstock, 2020 Contains 34 offset lithographs on card depicting some of the artists most iconic pieces to date. Limited edition of 1888. 'As ne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Paper

KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Silver and Polyurethane
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Silver and Polyurethane, 2020 Polyurethane Excellent / unopened / 'as new' condition. Sold in original publisher packaging, as ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Polyurethane

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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Plastic

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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Plastic

KAWS Holiday Singapore Fan
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
In November of 2021 the KAWS: HOLIDAY Tour made a stop in Singapore. The installation featured a 42 meter sculpture of two KAWS Companion characters, one lying on its back clutching ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Wood

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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Paint

Previously Available Items
Bert & Ernie (Sesame Street) by KAWS
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
20.50 in (52.1 cm) Sold in 'as new' condition, with original publisher tags as issued. 100% Polyester.
Category

2010s Street Art KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Polyester

KAWS Record Art 2008 (Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak 1st pressing)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 2008 Record Art: Rare 2008 vinyl 1st Pressing of Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak featuring original offset illustrations by KAWS. Medium: Lithograph in colors on tri-fold out viny...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Lithograph, Offset

KAWS Record Art (KAWS Travis Scott cover art)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Travis Scott Record Art, “The Scotts”: Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket & record labels. 2020. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. Condition: New/unopened in original shrink ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Lithograph, Offset

KAWS cover art
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS illustrated cover art: Hypebeast magazine, 2016 (hot pink variation) A limited edition die cut slip case cover featuring exclusive artwork by KAWS Condition: New and sealed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Offset, Magazine Paper

  • KAWS cover art
  • KAWS cover art
  • KAWS cover art
  • KAWS cover art
H 13 in. W 10 in.
KAWS Record Art (KAWS Travis Scott cover art)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Travis Scott Record Art, “The Scotts”: Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket & record labels. 2020. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. Condition: New/unopened in original shrink ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Lithograph, Offset

KAWS Record Art (KAWS Travis Scott cover art)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Travis Scott Record Art, “The Scotts”: Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket & record labels. 2020. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. Condition: New/unopened in original shrink ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

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Lithograph, Offset

KAWS Record Art (KAWS Travis Scott cover art)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Travis Scott Record Art, “The Scotts”: Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket & record labels. 2020. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. Condition: New/unopened in original shrink ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

KAWS Record Art (KAWS Travis Scott cover art)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Travis Scott Record Art, “The Scotts”: Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket & record labels. 2020. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. Condition: New/unopened in original shrink ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

KAWS Record Art (KAWS Travis Scott cover art)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Travis Scott Record Art, “The Scotts”: Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket & record labels. 2020. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. Condition: New/unopened in original shrink ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Offset, Lithograph

KAWS, Seeing
By KAWS
Located in Miami, FL
KAWS Seeing Figure: 37 x 17.4 x 18.6 cm, 6 kg Pedestal: 17.8 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm, 4 kg Edition of 250 2018 KAWS is an American graffiti artist and designer known for his toys and paint...
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2010s KAWS Mixed Media

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Ceramic, LED Light, Mixed Media

  • KAWS, Seeing
  • KAWS, Seeing
  • KAWS, Seeing
  • KAWS, Seeing
H 14.57 in. W 6.86 in. D 7.33 in.
KAWS, TAKE (KAWSONE: OPEN EDITION), PINK, 2020
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
The ‘KAWS TAKE’ is a vinyl millennial pink art toy made in collaboration with Medicom Toy by KAWS. Recently acquired directly from the KAWSONE portal, the instantly sold out vinyl ar...
Category

2010s Contemporary KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Plastic, Vinyl

KAWS Record Art 2008 (Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak 1st pressing)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 2008 Record Art: Rare 2008 vinyl 1st Pressing of Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak featuring original offset illustrations by KAWS. Medium: Lithograph in colors on tri-fold out viny...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Mixed Media

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

KAWS mixed media for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic KAWS mixed media available for sale on 1stDibs. If you're looking for a way to add color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of blue, orange, purple and other colors.. You can also browse by medium to find art by KAWS in organic material, paint, plastic and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the street art style. Not every interior allows for large KAWS mixed media, so small editions measuring 3 inches across are available. Those interested in this artist might also find the work of Agent X, Robert Indiana and Betsy Enzensberger. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $5,744, while the average work can sell for $1,554.
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