By Becci Sharpe

This month, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will launch the first UK exhibition by KAWS, the renowned American painter, sculpture, printmaker and artist.

Set over 500 acres of rolling Yorkshire countryside, this wonderful outdoor art museum has a reputation for delivering ambitious projects in incredible natural surroundings, and the arrival of KAWS is no different.

Appearing in the expansive Longside Gallery, ‘KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’ will feature over 20 works of of commanding structures in bronze, fiberglass, aluminium and wood, alongside bright painted canvases. The imposing sculptures include a six-metre-tall sculpture and original works that have been especially created for this exhibition, all in KAWS’s distinctive style of alluring and oddly familiar characters.

Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation. His influential work blends both contemporary art and commercial merchandising — and he is known for high-profile collaborations within music, fashion and pop culture. His work absorbs popular imagery to produce creations that are semi-familiar, with layers of contradictions and subtleties, adding a peculiar darkness to childlike cartoon figures.

With a backdrop of wintery trees and curated in an exposed open air setting, KAWS’s works are set to appear even larger, more theatrical and more eccentric than ever before. Here we share some behind the scenes images of the event in preparation.

The exhibition is open from 6th February to 12th June 2016 and admission is free. Find out more at YSP.co.uk.

All images courtesy of YSP

*Image credit Jonty Wilde*

Image credit Jonty Wilde

*Image credit Jonty Wilde*

Image credit Jonty Wilde

*Image credit Jonty Wilde*

Image credit Jonty Wilde

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