“I'm always faced with the challenge of earning people's trust in my abilities as an artist. It's easy for some to see it as the work of children, but actually most things we create have come from our childhood memories and how we remember growing up to be an adult. Children are more pure, because they don't really care about what's in and what's not. They just do whatever they want to make themselves feel happy.” – KAWS
KAWS has been tapping into the minds of children for over 20 years to create his art. In 1996, at the age of 21, he was awarded a fellowship by The National Arts Foundation and in 2000 KAWS received an achievement award from Art Directors Club of New York. He was also nominated for two Grammys in 2001 for The Wiggles "Everyone's A Winner" produced by him. Throughout his career he has been able to bridge the gap between art and street cultures, as KAWS maintains both. KAWS is a New York-based artist who grew up in Jersey City, NJ but currently resides in Brooklyn.
KAWS artwork is on display on streets, in galleries and museums around the world. KAWS traveled to New York city in 1995 to design for Nike on a series of T-shirts titled "My Ideal World." In 1997 he moved into his own studio and began his ten year run designing for The Walt Disney Company as well as collaborating with art director Dustin Yellin. He designed the exclusive Nike Dunk Low Pro SB shoe for Supreme in 2005 and three years later he was given his own boutique in Los Angeles. In 2012 KAWS opened an installation consisting of one hundred life-size sculptures on display throughout Taiwan, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong showing his work in public spaces.