Kenny Scharf (born November 23, 1958) is an American painter who lives in Los Angeles, California. Known for his participation in New York City's interdisciplinary East Village art scene during the 1980s, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Scharf's do-it-yourself practice spanned painting, sculpture, fashion, video, performance art, and street art. Growing up in post-World War II Southern California, Scharf was fascinated by television and the futuristic promise of modern design. His works often includes pop culture icons, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons, or caricatures of middle-class Americans in an apocalyptic science fiction setting.
Perfecta Moodsky, 1986
incised with the artist's signature, numbered and dated 'Kenny Scharf 86 2/6' (lower edge)
Oil on bronze, in two parts
23 x 19 1/2 x 12 in
58.4 x 49.5 x 30.5 cm
Executed in 1986. This work is number two from an edition of six.
Acrylic, tinsel and plastic toys on lamp
37 x 13 x 13 in
94 x 33 x 33 cm
Green Worm USA.
Signed, tittled and dated "Green Worm USA 2006 K. Scharf 2006" on the reverse Acrylic, rhinestones and silkscreen on paper
30 x 22 1/2 in. (76.2 x 57.2cm)
Executed in 2006
Zipzamball, 2000 Bronze
33 x 21 x 8 inches 3 of 4
Object to Enjoy, 2007
Signed and dated to underside 'Kenny Scharf 07'. This unique work is from the limited edition
of 25 hand-painted bongs published by Cerealart, Philadelphia.
14. h Å~ 8 w Å~ 5 d in
Haring’s deceptively simple imagery and text provided poignant and cutting cultural commentary on issues including AIDS, drug addiction, illicit love, and apartheid. As both an artist and an activist he established that depicting serious issues could be fun or at least lively when communicated through highly cartoony images and fresh and vivid choices of colors.
Keith Haring moved to New York City in 1978 and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. His art was eventually seen everywhere from public murals and nightclubs to galleries and museums around the world. He was also known for his activism in promoting AIDS awareness. He died of AIDS-related complications on February 16, 1990, at age 31.
accompanied b!d certificate of authenticit!d its issued b!d the
Authentication Committee of the Estate of Keith Haring and number
Enamel Spray Paint, Latex in Plywood
96 x 48 inches
Busted Head, 1984
Signed and dated 'K. Haring Nov. 21 1984' (on the reverse)
Sumi ink on paper
22 7/8 x 28 .in / 58 x 73cm
Executed in 1987-1988
57 ½ x 51 x 50 ⅛ in. (146.1 x 129.5 x 127.3 cm.)
This work is from an edition of three and is registered with The Estate of Keith Haring under identification number 062195A12.
KAWS’s career began as a graffiti artist in New York, NY, in the early 1990s. His images were seen on billboards, bus stops, and in phone booths. He obtained his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Immediately after graduation in 1996, KAWS began working as a freelance artist for Disney, creating animated backgrounds. Some of his most popular works include his contributions to 101 Dalmations, Daria, and Doug. Once KAWS began to gain popularity, his graffiti advertisements became highly sought after. He traveled extensively to work in Paris, London, Germany, and Japan. In 1998, he received the Pernod Liquid Art Award, which offers a grant to new artists.
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic on canvas