Contemporary Print Market Report
KAWS: What Party (red on blue) - Signed Print

What Party (red on blue)
Signed Print



This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 2020
Signed Print Edition of 100

Critical Review

Companion is one of KAWS’ original cartoon creations and features in many of KAWS’ artworks. The character can be identified by its distinct figure which is reminiscent of Mickey Mouse as well as its skull and crossbone head and crossed out eyes. Other notable figurative characters created by KAWS include Accomplice, Chum and Bendy. These cartoon characters appear repeatedly in KAWS’ artworks and often recur in different settings in slightly different iterations.

What Party (red on blue) is part of the What Party collection. Alongside another screen print, What Party (yellow on blue), KAWS created five Companion figures in black, white, pink, yellow and orange. KAWS’ cartoon characters were all initially drawn in 2D and born out of his experimentations with graffiti and his time spray painting in New York. Since the artist’s rise to fame, however, many of his cartoons have been realised in 3D, as is the case with Companion in this collection.

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