Who's KAWS aka Brian Donnelly ?
KAWS (American, b.1974) is a renowned limited-edition toy and clothing designer. Growing up in New Jersey, KAWS initially became interested in graffiti in elementary school, in which he spent a whole lot of time copying graffiti pictures onto paper. His first influences were neighborhood children, who painted graffiti pictures on walls inside his community. As he grew old, his influences came from traditional lifestyle painters, such as Gerhard Richter (German, b.1932), Klaus Oldenberg (Swedish, b.1929), and Chuck Close (American, b.1940).
From the early 2000s he reworked many recognizable television and animation icons including characters in The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, the Michelin Man, the Smurfs, as well as SpongeBob SquarePants. From the late 1990s, KAWS had a chance to design and create limited edition plastic toys. These toys immediately became a hit with all the worldwide artwork toy-collecting community. Back in Japan, the toys were major his because this genre of toys is well respected and prevalent. While residing in Jersey City, KAWS started his career as a graffiti artist.
From the early 1990s he moved into New York City and also started to work concentrate on subverting the pictures about bus shelters, telephone booth commercials, and billboards. Shortly after his notoriety and fame reached peaks before anticipated and these advertisements became increasingly desired by the general public. He's also been praised for his work on paintings and huge sculptures. Among the very popular KAWS palaces is that of a grey scale figure dependent on the Mickey Mouse whose head has been obscured by his hands on. This picture was incorporated into a balloon to its 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. At 2013, KAWS's firm redesigned MTV's moon guy statue to their 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
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He also started to collaborate on many different toys, such as with Nigo (Japanese, b.1970) to get A Bathing Ape. Some of KAWS's other popular collaborative functions include his redesign of Mickey Mouse, The Michelin Man, and SpongeBob SquarePants. The artist's solo exhibitions have been held in The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, the Harris Museum in Preston, UK, the Parco Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, along with the City Gallery Chastain at Atlanta, GA.. His solo exhibition, OriginalFake at the Bape Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, featured a sculpture entitled Wonderful World, which sold for US$400,000. KAWS's traveling exhibition, Beautiful Losers, toured throughout Europe and the United States of America and included a revealing at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in which he got a Bachelor of Fine Arts as an example. After graduating from school in 1996, Brian Donnelly worked for Disney as an independent animator. In Disney, Brian Donnelly had the chance to paint wallpapers and donated in movies like 101 Dalmatians, Daria, along with Doug.
Famous sculptures and paintings
Brian Donnelly is now best known as the performer KAWS. KAWS is a New York-based performer that has really left a name from him designing small edition toys and clothes. He's additionally a world-renowned performer who shows in galleries and museums internationally. His artwork stands somewhere between fine art and worldwide trade. KAWS moved outside the world of this exclusive artwork marketplace to occupy a complex worldwide sector. Other Foreign galleries comprise Galerie Perrotin and Honor Fraser Gallery.
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