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Tension 9

Tension 9
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 screen prints that compose the Tension collection. The prints in this collection are more abstract than other prints made by the artist, and do not feature any of his notable cartoon characters, such as Bendy, Chum, Accomplice or Companion.

KAWS’ artistic style is deeply influenced by his youth and the time he spent spray painting buildings in New Jersey, where the artist grew up. KAWS continued to practise graffiti when he moved to New York in the 1990s and developed a process known as ‘subvertising’ in which he would manipulate adverts he found in phone booths, bus shelters and metro stations, adding cartoon characters who would interact with the products being advertised.