Contemporary Print Market Report
KAWS: Urge 2 - Signed Print

Urge 2
Signed Print

KAWS

£10,000-£15,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 2020
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 43cm x W 32cm

Critical Review

The print is part of the Urge collection, a body of 10 screen prints, all of which depict Companion surrounded by gloved hands. Companion was a cartoon character created by KAWS while he was spray painting the streets of New York. The cartoon is identifiable by its inflated skull and crossbones head, crossed out eyes and Mickey Mouse-like body and gloved hands. The gloved hands seen in this print mimic the gloved hands that belong to Companion and the crosses on them match Companion’s crossed out eyes.

Companion is one of KAWS’ oldest characters, dating back to 1999. Initially drawn in 2D, KAWS’ rise to fame led to the Japanese toy company, Bounty Hunter, commissioning KAWS to produce and sell a vinyl Companion toy. Companion has become an internationally recognised and much-loved figure and was even adapted into a balloon for the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as part of its "Blue Sky Gallery" of balloons. Companion’s worldwide popularity is a testimony to KAWS’ artistic talent and the mass appeal of his artworks.

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