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KAWS Small Lie Grey (KAWS grey companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Grey: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in shame ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

KAWS SMALL LIE Grey (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Grey: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in shame ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE Black (Black KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Companion: Black: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its he...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Red Blush companions (complete set of 2 works KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companions: complete set of 2 works: New and sealed in their original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Sta...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

"Trompe l'oeil Series" "Uniqlo Kaws bag"
By Joe Suzuki
Located in New York, NY
I consider my work to be artifacts of my own particular culture, which is not the generalized Japanese American culture, but that which formed as a direct result of being a first gen...
Category

2010s Contemporary Sculptures

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

KAWS SMALL LIE Brown (brown KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE Brown: Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike resonance. Clothed in overall shorts, the Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in sham...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Japan Holiday Companion (KAWS brown Mount Fuji companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Holiday Companion (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan): This sold out figurine features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. This figurine was published by All R...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate Set of 2 (KAWS brown & black clean slate companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate: Set of 2 (Brown & Black), each new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received work and variations of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlig...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Along The Way Black (KAWS Black Along The Way companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Along The Way Companion. New and unopened in its original packaging. The KAWS Along The Way figurine is a rendition of the artist's 2013 eighteen-foot wood sculpture origi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Companion Japan complete set of 3 works (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Holiday Companion Japan: Complete Set of 3 (KAWS Mount Fuji): This sold out complete set features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. These figurines wer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Along The Way: complete set of 3 (KAWS Companion Along The Way set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Along The Way: Complete Set of 3. New and unopened in original packaging. The KAWS Along The Way figurine is a rendition of the artist's 2013 18 foot wood sculpture originally e...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SHARE & KAWS TAKE (set of 2 KAWS companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SHARE (Grey) & KAWS TAKE (Pink): Set of 2 KAWS figurative sculptures, each new & unopened in original packaging. Medium: Painted Vinyl Cast Resin (applies to each). SHARE: 12...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Blush Companion (KAWS Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS Flayed): New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SHARE Grey (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SHARE (Grey), new & unopened in its original packaging. KAWS SHARE first appeared in 'BLACKOUT' – the first London solo exhibition by KAWS (Skarstedt London 2019). In SHARE, KA...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY (KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY (yellow): KAWS yellow WHAT PARTY Companion featuring KAWS' CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sculptural v...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SHARE & KAWS TAKE (set of 2 black KAWS companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SHARE & KAWS TAKE: Set of 2 black KAWS figurative sculptures, each new & unopened in original packaging. Medium: Painted Vinyl Cast Resin (applies to each). SHARE: 12.4 x 6....
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION 2020 (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 2020 Companion (Black): KAWS COMPANION 2020 was created by KAWS to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his signature figure, Companion — and as cultural commentary on a year we...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Companion 2016 (Brown KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Companion, 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. This classic KAWS figurative sculpture was published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Pink BFF (KAWS BFF pink)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Rare KAWS BFF Pink new, unopened in its original packaging. A well-received work and variation of Kaws' large scale BFF sculpture is in Los Angeles's Playa Vista neighborhood Comple...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin

KAWS Companion 2016 (KAWS grey companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Grey Companion, 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art Museu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS TAKE (black KAWS Take companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS TAKE (Black) new & unopened in its original packaging. A standout KAWS Companion figure and variation of KAWS' large scale TAKE sculpture - a key highlight of the exhibition, '...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SHARE brown (KAWS brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SHARE (Brown), new & unopened in its original packaging. Medium: Painted Vinyl Cast Resin. 12.4 x 6.3 inches. New, unopened in its original box; excellent condition. From ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Paper, Offset

KAWS X Peanuts Joe KAWS (Snoopy) 2010
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
In 2016, American graffiti artist KAWS partnered with the toy manufacturer Medicom to create an open edition of figurines known as Companions now known for their trademark X-form eye...
Category

2010s Abstract Impressionist Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS Blush Companion (KAWS red blush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art Museum...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS HOLIDAY Japan (KAWS brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Holiday Companion (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan): This sold out figurine features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. This figurine was published by All R...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY companion (KAWS Chum)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY (orange): KAWS orange WHAT PARTY Companion featuring KAWS' CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sculptural v...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS TAKE Companion (black KAWS Take)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS TAKE (Black) new & unopened in its original packaging. A standout KAWS figurative sculpture and variation of KAWS' large scale TAKE sculpture - a key highlight of the exhibitio...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY pink (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY (pink): KAWS pink WHAT PARTY Companion featuring KAWS' CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sculptural versi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Seeing/Watching (KAWS plush companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Seeing/Watching 2018: Released in conjunction with the installation of the KAWS Seeing/Watching sculpture overlooking the Xiang River & city of Changsha, China (KAWS' first perm...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Mixed Media

KAWS GONE set of 2 (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS GONE: Set of 2 (Grey & Brown), new & unopened in their original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale GONE sculpture - a key highlight of KAWS’ re...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS GONE set of 2 (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS GONE: set of 2 (Black & Brown), new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale GONE sculpture - a key highlight of KAWS’ recent e...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS “Saturated” announcement 2008 (KAWS Spongebob)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS “SATURATED”: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Miami, FL 2008: Rare, highly collectible 2000s exhibition announcement for a solo exhibition by KAWS curated by legendary hip hop producer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

KAWS TOGETHER Companion (KAWS Brown Together)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Together 2018 (Brown): In TOGETHER, KAWS’s iconic “Companions” are interlocked, consoling each other in an everlasting hug. KAWS 1st debuted this embracing duo in 2016, presenti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Companion 2016 (KAWS Brown Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Companion, 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. This classic KAWS figurative sculpture was published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Black Flayed Companion (KAWS flayed)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Flayed Companion 2016. A rare, out of print KAWS figurative sculpture new and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibiti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Companion (KAWS brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 'Holiday' Companion This figurine was published by All Rights Reserved to commemorate the debut of a large scale KAWS floating figure for Seoul’s Seokchon Lake during summer 20...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Companion 2016 (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Companion 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art Museu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS One: KAWS Artist Monograph, 1st edition, 2001 Hardcover book, 80 pages Rare and out of print. A definitive look back at the development of the artist's style and early beginning...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Paper

  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
  • KAWS One (early KAWS artist book)
H 8.4 in. W 6.3 in. D 0.2 in.
KAWS Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Blush Flayed Companion 2016: New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Ar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SEPARATED black (KAWS black Separated Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED COMPANION: New & unopened in its original packaging: This highly collectible black KAWS SEPARATED figure is derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s larger scale sculp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Companion: complete set of 6 (KAWS Flayed KAWS full body 2016)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion 2016, Complete Set of 6. New and sealed in original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Black BFF Companion (KAWS BFF black)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black BFF new, unopened in its original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale BFF sculpture is in Los Angeles's Playa Vista neighborhood. Completel...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SEPARATED grey (KAWS grey Separated Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED COMPANION: New & unopened in its original packaging: This highly collectible grey KAWS SEPARATED figure is derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s larger scale sculpt...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Brown GONE (KAWS GONE brown & blue)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS GONE (Brown), new & unopened in its original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale GONE sculpture - a key highlight of KAWS’ recent exhibition, 'KA...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

KAWS Taipei Holiday Companion (KAWS Grey Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Grey Holiday Companion (KAWS Taipei): This figurine features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting seated position. This figurine was published by All Rights Reserve...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Grey Flayed Companion (KAWS flayed companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Grey Flayed Companion, 2016: A standout grey KAWS figurative piece - new/sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: W...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS GONE set of 2 (KAWS gone companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS GONE: Set of 2 new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale GONE sculpture - a key highlight of KAWS’ recent exhibition, 'KAWS:...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SEPARATED brown (KAWS brown Separated Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED COMPANION: New & unopened in its original packaging: This highly collectible brown KAWS SEPARATED figure is derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s larger scale sculp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS TAKE Pink (pink KAWS Take companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS TAKE (Pink) figurative sculpture new & unopened in its original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale TAKE sculpture - a key highlight of the exhib...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Signed KAWS ONE monograph (KAWS Tokyo 2001)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Signed KAWS ONE Artist Book 2001: Rare hand graffiti-signed KAWS ONE artist book, Tokyo, Japan, 2001. A rare early monograph documenting KAWS’ seminal New York bus ad “interruption...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Paper

KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS blush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art M...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Taipei grey (KAWS Companion grey)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Grey Holiday Companion (KAWS Taipei) This figurine features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting seated position. This figurine was published by All Rights Reserved...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Companion (KAWS brown holiday companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 'Holiday' Companion Seoul: This figurine was published by All Rights Reserved to commemorate the debut of a large scale KAWS floating figure for Seoul’s Seokchon Lake during sum...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Clean Slate Grey (KAWS grey Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate Grey, new & unopened in its original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlight of KAWS’ major museu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS black WHAT PARTY (KAWS Companion black)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY Black: This KAWS Companion vinyl sculpture features KAWS' signature CHUM character in a sloping position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Companion Set (KAWS Holiday UK)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS: HOLIDAY United Kingdom: Complete Set of 3 works (KAWS UK): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in an upright standing position with its eyes covered. 3 individual wo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SEPARATED (set of 2 works; KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED (Set of 2 works): each new & unopened in original packaging: These highly collectible KAWS SEPARATED works are derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s larger scale sc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Plush Companion (KAWS plush brown)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Plush Holiday Companion Limited Edition: This 20" brown KAWS plush was published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ floating art piece in Hong Kong during Hong Kong Art Basel 20...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Cotton

KAWS COMPANION 2020 (KAWS brown 2020 companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 2020 Companion (Brown): KAWS COMPANION 2020 was created by KAWS to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his signature figure, Companion — and as cultural commentary on a year we...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

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4 Kaws For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of 4 kaws for sale on 1stDibs. Today, if you’re looking for Abstract editions of these works and are unable to find the perfect match for your home, our selection also includes Contemporary. Adding a colorful pieces of art to a room that is mostly decorated in warm neutral tones can yield a welcome change — see the 4 kaws on 1stDibs that include elements of gray, black, blue, brown and more. Each of these unique pieces was handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in paint, synthetic resin paint and vinyl paint. Large 4 kaws can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while the smaller iterations available — each spanning 1.5 inches in width — may make for a better choice for a more modest living area.

How Much are 4 Kaws?

Prices for pieces in our collection of 4 kaws start at $98 and top out at $169,995 with the average selling for $1,292.

KAWS Biography and Important Works

In the beginning, Brian Donnelly was just a kid from Jersey City, New Jersey, who got into the graffiti thing. KAWS was his tag, chosen simply because he liked the way it looked. Today, KAWS’s oeuvre encompasses art toys, sculptures and colorful paintings and prints that appropriate pop phenomena like the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.

In the late 1990s, the artist, a 1996 graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, was making a living as an illustrator for the animation studio Jumbo Pictures. Like young Hansel and Gretel with their trail of crumbs, KAWS would mark the morning route to his downtown Manhattan office with “subvertising,” “interrupting” fashion advertisements by adding his colorful character Bendy, its sinuous length sliding playfully around the likes of a Calvin Klein perfume bottle or supermodel Christy Turlington.

These creations gained a following, to the point where work posted in the morning would disappear by lunchtime. Even in those early days, KAWS was hot on the resale market.

“When I was doing graffiti,” he once explained, “it meant nothing to me to make paintings if I wasn’t reaching people.” Instead of seeking entrée to the elite New York art world (which, frankly, wasn’t looking for a street artist anyway), KAWS moved to Japan, where a flourishing youth culture welcomed visionaries like him.

In 1999, he partnered with Bounty Hunter, a Japanese toy and streetwear brand, to release his first toy. Companion — an eight-inch-tall vinyl reimagining of Mickey Mouse, with a skull-and-crossbones head and trademark XX eyes — debuted with a limited run of 500. It sold out quickly.

Companion was the first of more than 130 toy designs, which came to include such characters as Chum, Blitz, Be@rbrick, BFF and Milo, each immediately recognizable as KAWS figures by their XX eyes. Fans have proved insatiable. In 2017, MoMA’s online store announced the availability of a limited supply of KAWS Companion figures; as avid collectors logged on to stake their claim, the website crashed — multiple times.

Companion is the most visible of the KAWS posse, appearing over the past decade in new postures and combinations in monumental works. These include Along the Way (2013), an 18-foot-tall wooden sculpture of two Companions leaning on each other for support; Together (2016), two Companions in a friendly embrace, which debuted during an exhibition of KAWS’s work at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in Texas; and KAWS:HOLIDAY (2018), a 92-foot-long inflatable Companion floating on its back in Seoul’s Seokchon Lake. The sculptures were re-created as toys, blurring the lines between art and commerce.

KAWS’s visual language may be drawn from cartoons, but his work doesn’t necessarily evoke childlike joy. “My figures are not always reflecting the idealistic cartoon view that I grew up on,” he explains in the catalogue for the Fort Worth exhibition. “Companion is more real in dealing with contemporary human circumstances . . . . I think when I’m making work it also often mirrors what’s going on with me at that time.”

KAWS's résumé reads like a record of major 21st-century pop-culture moments. It includes his work with streetwear brands like A Bathing Ape and Supreme; his design for the cover of Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak; and his collaboration with designer Kim Jones on the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Jones’s debut as the fashion brand’s creative director.

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