Pre-Birthday Trip to KAWS at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Last Thursday (18th Feb) as a special treat for my birthday on Sunday (21st Feb) my boyfriend took us on a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton, Wakefield (WF4 4LG) to see the KAWS exhibition.

“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. 06.02.16 – 12.06.16

“Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation. Within the Pop Art tradition, he has created a prolific body of influential work, which both engages young people with contemporary art and straddles the worlds of art and design to include street art, graphic and product design, paintings, murals and large-scale sculptures.

KAWS developed a passion for popular culture in art and design early in life and studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in the early 1990s. By then he was already well versed in graffiti, having frequently tagged walls and freight trains with the letters K A W S. KAWS continued developing his visual vocabulary conceiving his soft skull with crossbones and crossed-out eyes, which would become a signature gesture. After college, he worked as a freelancer for animations studios, which further catalysed his appropriation of iconic characters from popular culture and comic books.

KAWS regularly exhibits in museums and galleries internationally and his work continues to appeal to a loyal fan base as well as the commercial sector. He has collaborated with industry leaders including Nike, Vans, MTV and Kanye West.”

 It was a bit muddy and cold but the sun was shining and we had a lovely time walking around looking at as much as we could before it got too dark.


Here are a few photos from our trip:

If you’d like to find out more about the Yorkshire Sculpture Park or KAWS click on the links.

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

Poppies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Saturday Sculpture Adventure

To make the most of the last day before the clocks went back I decided to go on an adventure looking at sculpture.

I started at the Hepworth then caught the free bus from there to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. (The free bus is only on for the duration of the Caro In Yorkshire exhibition 18.7.15 – 1.11.15 so the last chance to use it is this Saturday the 31st)

As the bus set off the rain started to lash it down and I thought that I was going to be in for a rather damp slide round the park. Luckily it didn’t last long and I had a lovely time strolling round seeing as much as I could.

I especially wanted to make sure that I made it to see the Poppies: Wave, which is a section of the poppy sculptures that were at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.


If you want to go see the Poppies: Wave on Remembrance Sunday the 8th of November or Armistice day the 11th of November then entry is by ticket only as they want to “ensure a calm and contemplative experience” it is still free to visit though.
See for details.

Hopefully I won’t leave it so long until I go back to visit the sculpture park (last time I was there was a college trip, far too long ago).

Let me know what your favourite thing at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is when you go visit.

Till next time,
Take care
Purple Faye