Contemporary artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, is one such artist. Growing up in Jersey City, Donnelly used to take the PATH into New York City as a kid. A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, he later worked for Disney as a freelance animator where he painted backgrounds for films like 101 Dalmatian, Daria and Doug.
In the early 1990’s, while living in New York City, Donnelly began “subverting” the images on bus shelter and phone booth advertisements, as well as billboards. He soon gained notoriety and popularity, and the resulting images became highly sought after.