KAWS, ‘Companion Plush (Brown)’, 2015, Julien's Auctions
KAWS, ‘Companion Plush (Brown)’, 2015, Julien's Auctions
KAWS, ‘Companion Plush (Brown)’, 2015, Julien's Auctions

Acconpanied by original box

KAWS’ brown Companion Plush figure reinterprets the artist's signature companion character with X's over the eyes in the form of a cuddly plush doll. With the ever-growing popularity of "art toys," KAWS’ timely production of his figurines, beginning in 1990's, became almost instantly collectable among fans of the toys and art collectors alike. With a background in graphic design, the toys are both playful and contemplative, reminding collectors of the temporality of both the body and the nature of fun. He joins a formidable list of artists making these “toys,” including Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara. KAWS has exhibited his work around the world, with recent shows at Mary Boone Gallery, New York and Galerie Perrotin, New York and Paris; as well as a forthcoming survey exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Embroidered under foot "KAWS"

Image rights: Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

About KAWS

“KAWS” is a graffiti artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer, and toymaker. His cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his early career as a street artist, when he began replacing advertisements with his own, masterful acrylic paintings in the early 1990s. Since, KAWS has embraced the commercialist spirit of Claes Oldenburg and Takashi Murakami, designing everything from Kanye West album covers to Nike sneakers. Avoiding the distinction between products and art objects, KAWS has shown his work increasingly in galleries and museums over the past decade; some of his most famous images are reimagined versions of pop characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man.

American, b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey, based in Brooklyn, New York