A wry take on nostalgia as Pop Art star comes to YSP

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson
Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

TOWERING figures that put a wry slant on nostalgic childhood characters have been carefully lifted into place in the historic landscape of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Opening on February 6, the exhibition of work by renowned New York-based artist KAWS is a UK-first, though many of his sculptures, designs, toys and prints will have a familiar air to those unaware of his work.

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation, KAWS, or Brian Donnelly, has created a prolific body of work within the Pop Art tradition, straddling the worlds of art and design to include street art, graphic and product design, paintings, murals and large-scale sculptures.

Six large sculptures, measuring between six and ten metres high, are being installed outside, while in the Longside Gallery, sculptures including 2010’s Accomplice, a baby pink monstrous rabbit figures, sit alongisde five paintings created especially for the exhibition. Each measuring 112 x 92 inches, they will span the largest wall of the spacious gallery, creating a swathe of brilliant colour and complex energy.

KAWS runs at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until June.

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson

Sculpture technicians install six enormous sculptures by renowned American artist KAWS ' some measuring up to ten-metres tall ' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Tony Johnson