Blame Game V is a signed screen print in colours on Saunders Waterford High White paper made by renowned American artist and designer, KAWS. Produced in 2014, the print depicts a close-up section of an anonymous cartoon character’s face. KAWS renders the character in bright and bold colours, with red, yellow and blue dominating the print. The use of bold, black gestural lines is also a characteristic feature of KAWS’ distinctive flat, graphic style. The print has an abstract feel to it as the close-up makes it difficult for the viewer to discern exactly what they are looking at.
Blame Game V is part of KAWS’ Blame Game collection, which is composed of 10 screen prints, all of which focus on isolating a section of a cartoon character’s face. The series captures KAWS’ animation and graffiti inspired visual language, and also features many of the artist’s trademark visual motifs, such as crossed out eyes.
KAWS’ experimentation with bold colour and screen printing in the Blame Game collection is reminiscent of the work of the beloved 20th century artist, Andy Warhol. Warhol, also known as the father of Pop Art, clearly influenced KAWS and his approach to art. Warhol often took inspiration from popular culture, transforming everyday objects such as shoes and Campbell’s soup cans into pieces of fine art. This is apparent in KAWS’ work and his love of popular animations and cartoon characters.