KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park


A few weeks ago I paid a visit to one of my favourite local spots, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, with fellow Duke Studios Residents, to have a little look at the works on display by Brooklyn-based Pop artist, KAWS.

As stated on the YSP website,

“This is the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, 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. The historically designed landscape of YSP becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures in KAWS’s trademark style – nostalgic characters in the process of growing up.”

The work is on display at YSP until 12th June and it is certainly not to be missed.

For me, art and sculpture that engages with its surrounding environment, and isn’t just about it being on display and viewed in isolation, is really exciting as it becomes an experience. The scale of the sculptures and the position of them within the landscape transports you to a different place. They’re imposing yet reassuring.

The works within the gallery space allows you to get up close and personal with the pieces, seeing the quality in the craftsmanship and finish of the materials used, whilst still maintaining a connection to the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

This exhibition is impactful and inspiring, transporting you to a surreal, child-like, fantasy world.

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