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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...
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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 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 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 Astro Boy Grey Vinyl Figure
By KAWS
Located in Singapore, SG
Artist name: KAWS Title: Astro Boy Size: 38.1 x 16.5 x 12.1cm Medium: Vinyl Figure Edition of 300 Stamped underfoot
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

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H 15.01 in. W 6.5 in. D 4.77 in.
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 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 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 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, What Party, Vinyl Sculpture in Black, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, What Party, Vinyl Sculpture in Black, 2020 Vinyl sculpture Sold in 'as new' condition. In original publisher packaging (as issued). 11.4 × 5.1 × 3.7 in 28.9 × 13 × 9.5 cm
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin

KAWS black Companion 2016 (black KAWS 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 Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY black (KAWS Black Companion)
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 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

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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 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 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 Holiday Japan black (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black 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 Prints and Multiples

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

KAWS Black Taipei Holiday Companion (KAWS black companion Taipei)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black 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 Prints and Multiples

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 Family Black 2021
By KAWS
Located in Singapore, SG
Artist name: KAWS Title: Kaws Family (Set of 5 pieces) Media: Vinyl Figure Year: 2021
Category

2010s Art Deco Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

Kaws Family Black 2021
H 13.39 in. W 13.39 in. D 7.88 in.
KAWS Clean Slate Black (KAWS black clean slate companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate (Black), 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 mu...
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 UK - Set of 3 Painted Cast Vinyl / Brown, Grey and Black version
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new, in its original packaged, never open. Perfect condition. KAWS's cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his ea...
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Companion Taipei (KAWS Black Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Holiday Companion (KAWS Taipei) This figurative vinyl sculpture features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting seated position. Published by All Rights Reserve...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS ACCOMPLICE (black) 2002
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS ACCOMPLICE (black) (edition of 500) Collectible cast vinyl Accomplice figurine is a collaboration between contemporary pop artist KAWS and the toy company Medicom. The artist's ...
Category

Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS, 'SHARE' Open Edition Vinyl Art Toy, Brown/Blue, 2020
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
The ‘KAWS SHARE 20’ is a vinyl art toy in a neutral brown and cobalt blue color scheme made in collaboration with Medicom Toy by KAWSONE. The art toy figure is based on the KAWS inst...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie Black (KAWS Small Lie Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie Companion figure 2017 Medium: Vinyl figurine. Color: Black. Dimensions: 11 × 4.5 × 4.5 inches Unopened; excellent condition Published by Medicom Japan. From an u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Black Companion 2016: set of 2 works (KAWS Companion black)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion, Black Flayed & Black full body 2016 (set of 2 individual pieces). Each new and sealed in original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

'KAWS SHARE, 20' Open Edition Vinyl Art Toy, Brown/Blue
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
The ‘KAWS SHARE 20’ is a vinyl art toy in a neutral brown and cobalt blue color scheme made in collaboration with Medicom Toy by KAWSONE. The art toy figure is based on the KAWS inst...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Companion Japan (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Holiday Companion (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan): This figurative vinyl sculpture features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. Published by All Rights Res...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Black Along The Way (black KAWS 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 Contemporary Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS HOLIDAY JAPAN FIGURE (Black)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Limited Edition 9.5 inch Figure. Released for the Kaws outdoor exhibition at Mount Fuji in Japan. Cast vinyl painted in black and yellow. Stamped with "HOLIDAY JAPAN" on back. Custom...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS Black Companions: set of 4 (KAWS Companion 2016-2019)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion 2016-2019: A curated set of 4 individual Black KAWS Companions new & unopened in original packaging. KAWS Clean Slate, 2018: 14.25 x 8 x 8 inches. KAWS Black Compan...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Small Lie - Black Version
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
In December 2017, KAWS released a new version of his classic companion character, titled "Small Lie". The figure features the companion slumped over in what appears to be a disappoin...
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS, Clean Slate (Black), 2018
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl, Plastic

  • KAWS, Clean Slate (Black), 2018
  • KAWS, Clean Slate (Black), 2018
  • KAWS, Clean Slate (Black), 2018
  • KAWS, Clean Slate (Black), 2018
H 14.26 in. W 7.01 in. D 7.01 in.
KAWS Clean Slate set of 2 (KAWS clean slate black & grey)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate Set of 2 (Black & Grey), new & unopened in their original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale Clean Slate sculpture - a key highlight...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS: TAKE (BLACK) - Original Vinyl Sculpture, Street art, Pop Art. MOMA
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, Madrid
TAKE (BLACK) Date of creation: 2020 Medium: Vinyl sculpture Edition: Open Size: 33.6 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm Observations: Vinyl sculpture published in 2020 by KAWS/ORIGINALFAKE & Medicom T...
Category

2010s Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic

KAWS x Robert Lazzarini, Distorted Companion (Black)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted cast vinyl Edition of 1000 (reported) Marked on the base of the feet with the year and Medicom Pristine, some minor imperfections may exist given the nature of the material. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic, Vinyl

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 Black Flayed Companion (KAWSf layed)
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 Street Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Flayed Companions 2016: set of 2 (KAWS brown black flayed)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Flayed Companion: Set of 2 (KAWS Black & Brown Flayed). Each, new and sealed in their original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Wh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Gone - Black Version - collectible Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Gone- Black version New on its original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Take Figure - Black Version _BFF Companion
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new piece in perfect condition. Several months after releasing the KAWS Share Figure in February, the artist released his long anticipated KAWS Take Figure. The fig...
Category

2010s 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 - Along The Way - Black Version - brand new
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Along The Way - Black version New & unopened in its original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin Provenance: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE set of 2 works (KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE 2017: Set of 2 works. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar M...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS 400% Tension Bearbrick (KAWS Tension Be@rbrick)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Tension Bearbrick 400%: This much sought-after KAWS Tension Be@rbrick figure features the artist's signature "X"’s and bright lush colors synonymous with his more abstract works...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Small Lie set of 2 (KAWS Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Small Lie Companion: Set of 2 works (brown and grey). Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Among KAWS’s signature “Companions,” Small Lie has the most childlike re...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

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

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Brown Passing Through Companion (KAWS brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Passing Through Companion 2018. New and sealed in its original packaging. The most iconic of KAWS Companions, this Passing Through figure was published by KAWS One, and has sin...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Grey Japan Holiday Companion Japan (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Grey Holiday Companion Japan (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan): This sold out KAWS figurative piece features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. Published by All Ri...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION 2020: Complete Set of 3 Works (KAWS 2020 set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 2020 Companion: Complete Set of 3 Works: KAWS COMPANION 2020 was created by KAWS to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his signature figure, Companion — and as cultural commen...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

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

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE complete set of 3 works (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SMALL LIE complete set of 3 works (KAWS small lie companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SMALL LIE: Complete Set of Three. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. These KAWS figurative pieces are a rendition of Small Lie produced in collaboration with Qatar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Kubrick Bus Stop 2002
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
Want to own an affordable OG KAWS piece from 2002? Look no further than the Kubrick Bus Stop Series. The series of five different boxed sets pays homage to the artist's groundbreakin...
Category

Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS - Small Lie - Brown Version
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
In December 2017, KAWS released a new version of his classic companion character, titled "Small Lie". The figure features the companion slumped over in what appears to be a disappoin...
Category

2010s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS 2019 "Along the Way" Black Set Open Edition from Medicom Toy Corp.
By KAWS
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Set of two black vinyl figures in original box from KAWS' (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) 2019 open edition release of "Along the Way." Never removed from box.
Category

2010s Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS, 'Small Lie' Art Toy, Grey, 2017
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
The 'Small Lie' vinyl art toy in greyscale was created in 2017 by KAWSONE. Among KAWS’s signature 'Companion' series, the 'Small Lie' has a childlike charm and instantaneous likabili...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

KAWS, 'Holiday Limited' Art Toy Grey, 2019
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
To commemorate the unveiling of his new sculpture in Taipei, KAWS released this Holiday figure on January 29th, 2019. Reminiscent of his previous work titled "Resting Place", this se...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

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Kaws Black Vinyl For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the kaws black vinyl you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. In our selection of items, you can find Pop Art examples as well as a Contemporary version. On 1stDibs, the right kaws black vinyl is waiting for you and the choices span a range of colors that includes black, blue, gray and white. Artworks like these of any era or style can make for thoughtful decor in any space, but a selection from our variety of those made in paint, synthetic resin paint and vinyl paint can add an especially memorable touch. If space is limited, you can find a small kaws black vinyl measuring 3 high and 3 wide, while our inventory also includes works up to 14.57 across to better suit those in the market for a large kaws black vinyl.

How Much is a Kaws Black Vinyl?

The price for an artwork of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — a kaws black vinyl in our inventory may begin at $300 and can go as high as $7,950, while the average can fetch as much as $1,250.

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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