KAWS, ‘Distorted Companion’, 2011, Struck Contemporary
KAWS, ‘Distorted Companion’, 2011, Struck Contemporary
KAWS, ‘Distorted Companion’, 2011, Struck Contemporary
KAWS, ‘Distorted Companion’, 2011, Struck Contemporary

Description: An example of the artist’s “toys” that he began producing in the late 1990s, those of which often draw on popular comic or cartoon characters. All of KAWS’ toys are "branded" with his signature X to replace each eyes and are often manipulated in ways which undermine their familiar appearance. Here, a set of three "Companion" figures are distorted and manipulated, achieving an entirely new figure.

Signature: Stamped on Bottom

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