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  • Description

    KAWS is one of today’s most prominent artists. His work ranges from large-scale paintings and sculptures to collectible figurines and fashion collaborations. The KAWS x Air Jordan IV Retros collaboration was released in 2017 in KAWS gray. The uppers are emblazoned with KAWS’ distinctive motifs, including his XX signature writ large on the heel tab. The soles are unexpectedly made to glow-in-the-dark and feature KAWS’ cartoon gloved hands. The box, in sleek black, also features signature KAWS graphics.

  • Provenance

    Collection KAWS

  • Artist Biography


    American • 1974

    KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is renowned for his prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies.  

    KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, the artist’s imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’s artworks are highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and influence in today’s culture.  

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KAWS x Air Jordan IV Retro, 2017

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Susie Graves
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Tongue + Chic Sneakers x Artists

Sneakers x Artists Exhibition 16 July - 31 August