KAWS // Ups and Downs / Print Release

I’ve never really seen the appeal of Brian Donnelly’s art. Better known as KAWS, Donnelly creates colourful pop art using familiar cartoon forms. Recently mostly working in the medium of vinyl toy, KAWS used to be prolific on the streets of New York, using his characters to subversively embrace scantily clad underwear models in billboard adverts.

In the past decade KAWS’s artwork has become immensely collectable and almost impossible to get hold of first hand. Canvases of altered Spongebobs go for hundreds of thousands of dollars (something I will never understand), and for vinyl toy collectors, a few hundred dollars for a limited edition piece is no big deal, so new releases typically sell out within seconds of their release.

I was surprised, however, when his new portfolio of 10 screenprints, in an edition of 100, priced at $24,000, pictured above, didn’t buck the trend. These also sold out within seconds. Staggering.

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