No Reply, 2015
35 × 23 inches (88.8 × 58.4 cm.)
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KAWS is a multi-faceted New York-based artist and designer, ranked as a highly influential figure in the contemporary urban art scene. Starting his career in the ‘90s as a freelance animator by day and a graffiti artist by night, he is regarded as one of the most successful cross-over artists of our generation. KAWS has achieved street and gallery accreditation with his distinctive and sophisticated graphics. He is widely recognized for the repeated use of a hybrid cast of well-known cartoons, mascots, and human characters, resulting in the creation of a unique and universal visual language. Collaborating with global brands, KAWS challenges our conception of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art.
His paintings, although abstract at first sight, are a deconstruction of appropriated pop culture characters into layers of abstract shapes. This set of 10 screenprints is a sublime example of this abstraction process, reconfiguring highly recognizable face parts of iconic cartoon characters into a new and enigmatic fantasy world. KAWS has become a cultural phenomenon, arousing a broad appeal among collectors inside and outside the art world.