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KAWS: Tension 5 - Signed Print

Tension 5
Signed Print

KAWS

POA

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Screenprint, 2019
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 89cm x W 58cm

Celine Fraser

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Critical Review

Tension 5 is one of ten screen prints that compose the Tension collection. All the prints in this collection show unique arrangements of graphic shapes rendered in bold and bright colours. The prints in this collection are more abstract than many of KAWS’ other works and do not feature any of the cartoon characters which have become closely associated with the artist’s name. Despite this more figurative turn, the prints all capture the essence of KAWS’ distinct style which is characterised by an emphasis on colour and the use of graphic shapes.

KAWS’ style was clearly influenced by graffiti and street culture. The artist started experimenting with graffiti when he was a teenager and would spray paint buildings in New Jersey with his tag, ‘KAWS’. Interestingly, the name was not chosen because of its meaning or any deep significance, but simply because of the way the letters looked when arranged together. KAWS’ artistic origins in graffiti and street art mean he is often compared to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, two leading 20th century artists who emerged from the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. Indeed, KAWS places himself in line with these artists who believed that art is for the people rather than an art world elite.

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6,000-8,000 Guide

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KAWS: Tension 7 - Signed Print
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KAWS: Tension 1 - Signed Print
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£5,000-£7,000 Guide

AUD8,000-AUD10,000 Guide

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CNY40,000-CNY50,000 Guide

6,000-8,000 Guide

HKD45,000-HKD60,000 Guide

¥780,000-¥1,090,000 Guide

$5,000-$8,000 Guide

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CAD7,000-CAD10,000 Guide

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6,000-8,000 Guide

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¥780,000-¥1,090,000 Guide

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CNY60,000-CNY80,000 Guide

9,000-10,000 Guide

HKD70,000-HKD90,000 Guide

¥1,240,000-¥1,560,000 Guide

$9,000-$10,000 Guide

KAWS: Tension 6 - Signed Print
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9,000-10,000 Guide

HKD70,000-HKD90,000 Guide

¥1,240,000-¥1,560,000 Guide

$9,000-$10,000 Guide

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£8,000-£10,000 Guide

AUD15,000-AUD15,000 Guide

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HKD70,000-HKD90,000 Guide

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CAD25,000-CAD30,000 Guide

CNY120,000-CNY160,000 Guide

15,000-25,000 Guide

HKD130,000-HKD180,000 Guide

¥2,440,000-¥3,260,000 Guide

$15,000-$25,000 Guide

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£40,000-£50,000 Guide

AUD70,000-AUD80,000 Guide

CAD60,000-CAD70,000 Guide

CNY310,000-CNY390,000 Guide

45,000-60,000 Guide

HKD340,000-HKD430,000 Guide

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$45,000-$50,000 Guide

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£10,000-£15,000 Guide

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CAD15,000-CAD25,000 Guide

CNY80,000-CNY120,000 Guide

10,000-15,000 Guide

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£4,000-£6,000 Guide

AUD7,000-AUD10,000 Guide

CAD6,000-CAD9,000 Guide

CNY30,000-CNY45,000 Guide

4,000-7,000 Guide

HKD35,000-HKD50,000 Guide

¥620,000-¥930,000 Guide

$4,000-$7,000 Guide

KAWS: Tension 6 - Signed Print
Tension 6 Signed Print 
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£8,000-£10,000 Guide

AUD15,000-AUD15,000 Guide

CAD10,000-CAD15,000 Guide

CNY60,000-CNY80,000 Guide

9,000-10,000 Guide

HKD70,000-HKD90,000 Guide

¥1,240,000-¥1,560,000 Guide

$9,000-$10,000 Guide

KAWS: Presenting The Past - Signed Print
Presenting The Past Signed Print 
KAWS

£15,000-£20,000 Guide

AUD25,000-AUD35,000 Guide

CAD25,000-CAD30,000 Guide

CNY120,000-CNY160,000 Guide

15,000-25,000 Guide

HKD130,000-HKD180,000 Guide

¥2,440,000-¥3,260,000 Guide

$15,000-$25,000 Guide

KAWS: Kate Moss, White Gloves - Signed Print
Kate Moss, White Gloves Signed Print 
KAWS

£40,000-£50,000 Guide

AUD70,000-AUD80,000 Guide

CAD60,000-CAD70,000 Guide

CNY310,000-CNY390,000 Guide

45,000-60,000 Guide

HKD340,000-HKD430,000 Guide

¥6,220,000-¥7,780,000 Guide

$45,000-$50,000 Guide

KAWS: Chum Vs Astroboy - Signed Print
Chum Vs Astroboy Signed Print 
KAWS

£10,000-£15,000 Guide

AUD15,000-AUD25,000 Guide

CAD15,000-CAD25,000 Guide

CNY80,000-CNY120,000 Guide

10,000-15,000 Guide

HKD90,000-HKD130,000 Guide

¥1,630,000-¥2,440,000 Guide

$10,000-$15,000 Guide

KAWS: Companionship In the Age Of Loneliness - Signed Print
Companionship In the Age Of Loneliness Signed Print 
KAWS

£4,000-£6,000 Guide

AUD7,000-AUD10,000 Guide

CAD6,000-CAD9,000 Guide

CNY30,000-CNY45,000 Guide

4,000-7,000 Guide

HKD35,000-HKD50,000 Guide

¥620,000-¥930,000 Guide

$4,000-$7,000 Guide

KAWS: Tension 6 - Signed Print
Tension 6 Signed Print 
KAWS

£8,000-£10,000 Guide

AUD15,000-AUD15,000 Guide

CAD10,000-CAD15,000 Guide

CNY60,000-CNY80,000 Guide

9,000-10,000 Guide

HKD70,000-HKD90,000 Guide

¥1,240,000-¥1,560,000 Guide

$9,000-$10,000 Guide