KAWS x Gallery 1950 'Original Fake' (white) Ceramic Ashtray
KAWS x Gallery 1950 'Original Fake' (white) Ceramic Ashtray
KAWS x Gallery 1950 'Original Fake' (white) Ceramic Ashtray
KAWS x Gallery 1950 'Original Fake' (white) Ceramic Ashtray
KAWS x Gallery 1950 'Original Fake' (white) Ceramic Ashtray
KAWS x Gallery 1950 'Original Fake' (white) Ceramic Ashtray

KAWS x Gallery 1950 'Original Fake' (white) Ceramic Ashtray

Regular price
$750.00
Sale price
$750.00

'Original Fake' Ashtray by KAWS, 2008
Collab. with Gallery 1950.
White edition.
6.25 Inches (dia.)
Whiteware ceramic ashtray with glazing.
Limited Edition in original foam (no box).
Inscribed with artist's name and date on underside.
*Note: 2 small chips on right side - reflected in price.

ARTIST BIO

KAWS was born Brian Donnelly in Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration in 1996. After graduation, KAWS briefly worked for Disney as a freelance animator painting backgrounds.

He began his career as a graffiti artist growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Later moving to New York City in the 1990s, KAWS started subverting imagery on billboards, bus shelters and phone booth advertisements. These reworked advertisements were at first left alone, lasting for up to several months, but as KAWS’ popularity skyrocketed, the ads became increasingly sought after. In addition to New York, KAWS has done work in Paris, London, Berlin and Tokyo.

KAWS’ acrylic paintings and sculpture have many repeating images, all meant to be universally understood, surpassing languages and cultures. One of KAWS' early series, Package Paintings, was made in 2000. This series, entitled The Kimpsons, subverted the famous American cartoon, "The Simpsons". KAWS explains that he "found it weird how infused a cartoon could become in people's lives; the impact it could have, compared to regular politics." In addition, KAWS has reworked other familiar icons such as Mickey Mouse, The Michelin Man, The Smurfs, and SpongeBob SquarePants.