About the Artist
Brian Donnelly is currently best known as the artist KAWS. KAWS is a New Yorkbased artist who has made a name out of him designing limited edition toys and clothing. He is also a world-renowned artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. His art stands somewhere between ﬁne art and global commerce. KAWS moved beyond the sphere of the exclusive art market to occupy a more complex global market. While living in Jersey City, KAWS began his career as a grafﬁti artist. By the early 1990s he moved to New York City and began to work focus on subverting the images on bus shelters, phone booth advertisements, and billboards. Soon after his notoriety and popularity reached heights never before expected and these ads became increasingly sought after by the public. In the late 1990s, KAWS had an opportunity to design and produce limited edition vinyl toys. These toys instantly became a hit with the global art toy-collecting community. In Japan, the toys were a major his since this genre of toys is well respected and widespread. He has also been highly praised for his work on acrylic paintings and large sculptures. One of the more popular KAWS sculpture is that of a grey scale ﬁgure based on the Mickey Mouse whose face is obscured by his both hands.