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Urge 5 is a signed screen print in colours produced by the renowned American artist and designer, KAWS in 2020. The print depicts Companion, one of KAWS’ most popular cartoon characters. Companion dominates the centre of the composition however his face is obscured by various brightly coloured cartoon hands that do not appear to belong to anyone. The vibrant colours used for the hands contrast with the plain white of the cartoon character, meaning they stand out in the composition and instantly seize the viewer’s attention.
This print is one of ten prints that compose the Urge collection. Every print in this collection depicts Companion surrounded by gloved hands. The crosses on the hands match Companion’s crossed out eyes. Crosses and crossed out eyes are a trademark feature of KAWS’ visual language and this collection captures the essence of KAWS’ artistic style, characterised by the incorporation of a set of distinct graphics, such as crosses and cartoon characters, as well as an emphasis on bold colours and use of thick black gestural lines.
KAWS’ style can be traced back to his origins in street art and graffiti, as well as his experience studying illustration at the New York School of Visual Arts and working for Jumbo Pictures as a freelance animator.