Off to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park this morning to view the new exhibition of works by KAWS. This is the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints. The expansive Longside Gallery features the artist’s large, bright, graphic canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint, alongside towering sculptures in fibreglass and wood.
He is a notable limited-edition toy and clothing designer and was born in Jersey City, NJ, as Brian Donnelly. Growing up in New Jersey, KAWS first became interested in graffiti in elementary school, where he spent a good deal of time copying graffiti images onto paper.
I had heard quite a lot about the exhibition and seen some of the sculptures on TV and if I was honest I was less than impressed. However, seeing them for real gives you a completely different perspective. For one thing the sheer size of them is impressive and they have a child like simplicity and naiveté but they really do bring a smile to your face.
Of course any visit to the park requires the mandatory walk around the lake and it was lovely to see the herons back in numbers and well into the breeding season.
I also paid a quick visit to the Botanical House and was greeted with a carpet of petals that were a visual treat to the eye.
Unfortunately, a good part of the park grounds are fenced off because of the awful wet weather we have had this winter but there are still well laid out paths for visitors to follow.
Do go and see the KAWS sculptures, I thoroughly recommend them.
All photographs (c) Kindadukish