KAWS COMPANIONSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS Screenprint 2019

Companion KAWS

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Companion is a collection of prints and designs produced by the notorious American artist and designer, KAWS. KAWS, also known as Brian Donnelly, has risen to international fame, taking the artworld by storm for his work which bridges the gap between art and design, as evidenced by this dynamic and varied collection of original pieces.

Each work in this collection features the cartoon character, Companion, created by KAWS in 1999. Companion is characterised by his distinct shape which is reminiscent of Mickey Mouse as well as his skull and crossbone head and crossed out eyes.

Companion is just one of a set of figurative characters created by KAWS. Other notable characters include Accomplice, Chum and Bendy. Many of KAWS’ cartoon characters are repeated throughout his artworks, recurring in different settings or in slightly different iterations. KAWS’ characters were initially drawn in 2D but have also been realised in 3D due to their popularity. In 1999, the Japanese toy company Bounty Hunter produced and sold a vinyl Companion toy and later, in 2012, Companion was adapted into a balloon for the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as part of its “Blue Sky Gallery” of balloons. Having already created oversized sculptures in the past, KAWS started producing additional sculptures of Companion for exhibitions in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Málaga, London and China.

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