Selected Works

Installation Shots

Brian Donnelly was born on November 4, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Known professionally as Kaws (stylized as KAWS), Donnelly is an American artist and designer. His work includes repeated use of a cast of figurative characters and motifs, some dating back to the beginning of his career in the 1990s, initially painted in 2D and later realised in 3D. Some of his characters are his own creations while others are reworked versions of existing icons. He creates sculptures, acrylic paintings on canvas, and screen prints while also collaborating commercially, predominantly on limited edition toys, but also clothing, skate decks, and other products.

Kaws’s sculptures range in size from a few inches to ten meters tall, and are made from various materials including fiberglass, aluminium, wood, bronze, and a steel pontoon inflatable raft.

A number of books illustrating KAWS’s work have been published, and his work is exhibited in galleries and museums, held in the permanent collections of public institutions, and avidly collected by individuals including music producer Swizz Beatz, internet figure PewDiePie, rapper Pharrell Williams, and members of South Korean group BTS.