Tension 6

Tension 6
Signed Print

KAWS

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

Critical Review

The print can be seen alongside nine other prints which compose the Tension collection. In this collection, KAWS privileges a more abstract style, harking back to his street art origins. The collection differs from many of KAWS’ other collections, such as No Reply and Blame Game, which feature cartoon characters, a signature element of KAWS’ artistic practice.

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. KAWS aligns himself with a tradition of artists who believe art is for the people rather than an art world elite and his use of vibrant colours and the screen printing technique exemplify this desire to make art for the masses.