The News V is a signed screen print in colours produced by the renowned American artist and designer, KAWS in 2017. The circular print shows an abstract composition rendered in bold and vibrant colours. A purple border runs around the edges of the circular composition whose design resembles an eye. Red, yellow, purple and pink dominate the print, and the viewer is drawn towards the large red cross on the left-hand side of the composition.
The print is one of nine prints that compose The News collection. In this collection, KAWS experiments with abstraction and isolation by privileging the close-up angle in each print. While many of the prints in the collection seem to be depicting a cartoon character, the viewer is never given the opportunity to see the character in full, and only ever sees an isolated section of its face.
Crosses are a trademark feature of KAWS’ visual language and are often incorporated into his artworks. The News V captures the essence of KAWS’ bold and unique artistic style which favours bold, gestural lines, an emphasis on colour, and the use of a set of distinctive graphics, such as the repeated use of crosses. KAWS’ use of vibrant colours resonates with Andy Warhol’s use of colour in his Pop Art prints from the 1960s. KAWS’ affinity with the screen printing technique has also led the artist to be compared to Warhol who popularised this technique as a means of producing art for the masses, instead of simply serving the art world elite.