KAWS, ‘Resting Place Companion (Grey)’, 2013, Black Book Gallery
KAWS, ‘Resting Place Companion (Grey)’, 2013, Black Book Gallery
KAWS, ‘Resting Place Companion (Grey)’, 2013, Black Book Gallery
KAWS, ‘Resting Place Companion (Grey)’, 2013, Black Book Gallery
KAWS, ‘Resting Place Companion (Grey)’, 2013, Black Book Gallery

Released in 2013, the nine-inch vinyl toy Resting Place was one of the last sculptures manufactured by OriginalFake, the production company founded by KAWS and Medicom. Marking the end of the seven-year joint venture, the figurine also hints at a transitional time in the artist’s career. With its hands propped on the ground and insides lay bare, Resting Place appears exhausted and exposed. The weary “Companion” can be seen as a symbol for the artist himself, grappling with newfound fame after several high-profile works thrust him into the public eye, including a “Companion” balloon at the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a KAWS-designed Moonman at the 2013 Video Music Awards. Available in grey, black, and brown, Resting Place remains one of KAWS’s rarest “Companion” toys, with just 500 editions produced in each colorway.

Purchased directly from the artist studio upon initial release. Includes original packaging and payment reference from kawsone

Additional info and photos available upon request

Signature: Not signed

Manufacturer: Original Fake - Medicom

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