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KAWS

American, b. 1974

Brian Donnelly, known internationally as KAWS, is a Brooklyn-based artist whose multi-media practice spans the worlds of graffiti, pop art, and consumer culture. His cartoonish aesthetic—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 acrylic paintings in the early 1990s. Continually blurring the boundaries between fine and commercial art, many of his most well known images are reimagined versions of animated characters. With their approachable Disney-esque style, these characters are able to express and provoke a complex array of human emotions. KAWS' diverse body of work has been exhibited worldwide in Paris, London, New York, Berlin, and Tokyo among others. Recent solo museum shows at the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth have cemented his reputation, garnering popular and critical acclaim.