Contemporary Print Market Report
KAWS: Jalouse - Unsigned Print

Unsigned Print


£3,000-£5,000 Guide

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

Digital Print, 2007
Unsigned Print
H 174cm x W 120cm

Critical Review

This print is part of the Models collection which is composed of a set of prints that appropriate images of models and commercials. In each print in the collection, KAWS either defaces the models by drawing comic cartoon characteristics on their faces and bodies, as is seen in this print, or adds one of his cartoon characters to the image, making them interact with the models. The collection explores themes of globalisation and consumerism and KAWS mocks the advertising industry by transforming their adverts into his own artworks.

Jalouse and the other prints in the Models collection are reminiscent of KAWS’ early experimentation with graffiti. While living in New York in the 1990s, KAWS would unlock cases of adverts in phone booths and bus shelters, removing the campaigns, and modifying the images by adding his graphic designs, like he does in this collection. This practise was known as ‘subvertising’ and the Models collection clearly harks back to this period of KAWS’ artistic career.

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