Blame Game I is a signed screen print in colours on Saunders Waterford High White paper produced by the acclaimed American artist and designer, KAWS. Made in 2014, the print depicts a close-up cropped portion of an unknown cartoon character. The viewer is forced to stare intently at the image, trying to figure out which parts of the character’s body can be seen. A hand is visible, alongside a small portion of a nose and two eyes. The print is rendered in bold colours, with red, yellow, blue and pink dominating the print.
The print is part of a collection of 10 screen prints, each of which depicts a close-up section of the same cartoon character’s face. The prints in the collection are all rendered in bright colours and the cartoon character is drawn using bold, black gestural lines. The Blame Game collection captures KAWS’ signature visual language which is marked by a flat graphic style and love for colour.
KAWS’ style was clearly influenced by television animations and cartoons. Before becoming a critically acclaimed artist, KAWS worked as a freelance animator in New York for Jumbo Pictures, where he worked on various animation series such as 101 Dalmatians, Daria and Doug. KAWS’ experience working in animation shines through in his prints and is felt particularly strongly in the Blame Game collection.