Blame Game II is a signed screen print in colours on Saunders Waterford High White paper which was created by renowned American artist and designer, KAWS. Produced in 2014, the print depicts a close-up section of a cartoon character’s face. At first glance, it is difficult to make out which part of the cartoon character you are looking at. The eyes and mouth, rendered in a flat, graphic style, appear out of proportion and the unusual colours add to the confusion within the image. Pastel blues and pinks along with bold reds and yellows dominate the composition, making it a visually exciting print that rewards close attention.
The print is one of 10 screen prints that compose KAWS’ Blame Game collection. Each print in the collection captures an isolated portion of the same cartoon character’s face. The collection is marked by the playful use of colour and bold, gestural lines. KAWS’ experience studying illustration and working as a freelance animator in New York for Jumbo Pictures is felt strongly in all 10 prints.
The prints in the Blame Game collection all include KAWS’ iconic crossed out eyes. As seen in Blame Game II, this visual motif has become a trademark feature of the artist’s graphic style. The Blame Game collection captures KAWS’ love for cartoons and the artist has created an impressive cast of figurative characters and motifs throughout his artistic career, some of which date back to the start of his career in the 1990s.