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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 Holiday Plush Companions (KAWS holiday complete set of 3)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Plush Holiday Companion Set of 3: These 20" figurines were published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ floating art piece in Hong Kong during Hong Kong Art Basel 2019. Each new...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Cotton

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 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 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 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 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 Grey Companion 2016 (KAWS companion grey)
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 Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

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

KAWS COMPANION 2020 (KAWS grey 2020 companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 2020 Companion (Grey): 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 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 Companions 2016: set of 2 (KAWS flayed companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Flayed Companion: Set of 2. Each, new and sealed in their original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Mo...
Category

2010s Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

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

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

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 Taipei Holiday Companion set of 2 (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Taipei Holiday Companion, Set of 2 (KAWS Brown & Grey Companion): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in a resting seated position. 2 individual pieces (brown, & grey...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Companion 2016: set of 2 works (KAWS brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companions 2016 (Set of 2 works): KAWS Brown Flayed & KAWS Brown full body - each, new and sealed in their original packaging. These iconic KAWS figurative sculptures were publi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION (Grey)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Kaws Companion Grey Edition. Open Edition 2016. Stamped with Kaws, 16 and Open Edition on foot. Original sealed package as issued. RELATED ARTISTS: Invader, Kaws, Banksy, Shepar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

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KAWS Flayed Companions 2016 (set of 3 KAWS Flayed companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Flayed Companion 2016: Set of 3 individual works. KAWS Black Flayed, KAWS Brown Flayed & KAWS Grey Flayed Companions - each, new and sealed in original packaging. Published by ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Taipei Holiday Companion (complete set of 3 KAWS companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Taipei Holiday Companion, Complete Set of 3 (KAWS Taipei): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in a resting seated position. 3 individual pieces (black, brown, & grey...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Companion 2016: set of 4 works (KAWS companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companions 2016 (Set of 4 individual works): KAWS Companion: Brown, Black, Grey & Red full body 2016 - each, new and sealed in their original packaging. These iconic KAWS figura...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

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

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Taipei Holiday Companion Set (set of 3 KAWS companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Holiday Companion, Complete Set of 3 (KAWS Taipei): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in a resting seated position. 3 individual pieces (black, brown, & grey). Each...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Brown 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 Brown KAWS Companions new & unopened in original packaging. KAWS Clean Slate, 2018: 14.25 x 8 x 8 inches. KAWS Brown Compan...
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 (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 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 Flayed Companions 2016: complete set of 4 works (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion 2016: Complete Set of 4 Flayed Companions. Each, new and sealed in original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The E...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Brown Companions: set of 4 works (KAWS Companion 2016-2019)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion 2016-2019: A curated set of 4 individual Brown KAWS Companions new & unopened in original packaging. Dimensions as follows: KAWS Clean Slate, 2018: 14.25 x 8 x 8 inch...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Grey Companion 2016: set of 2 works (KAWS grey companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion Grey: set of 2 individual works; 2016. Each new and sealed in their original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Brown Companions 2016: set of 2 (KAWS brown flayed companions)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companions 2016 (Set of 2 works): KAWS Brown Flayed & KAWS Brown full body - each, new and sealed in their original packaging. These iconic KAWS figurative sculptures were publi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION (Blush Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Luxurious Blush Flayed version of this iconic KAWS sculpture figure. Must have for any Kaws collector. Open Edition issued in 2016 as part of an exhibition that year. Has "KAWS...201...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION (Brown Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Produced in conjunction with the KAWS exhibition Where The End Starts Brown Flayed edition. Open Edition released in 2016. Stamped Kaws signature on bottom of foot with “KAWS…2016”. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Sculptures

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 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 Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Cotton

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

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

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 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 SMALL LIE Brown (KAWS brown 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 shame...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY set of 2 works (KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY: Set of 2 works: These KAWS Companion vinyl sculptures feature KAWS' signature CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ large...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Along The Way Grey (grey KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Along The Way (Grey). New and unopened in its original box. The KAWS Along The Way figurine is a rendition of the artist's 2013 18 foot wood sculpture originally exhibited at Ma...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

KAWS Clean Slate Companion (KAWS brown clean slate)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate (Brown), 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 Pink BFF vinyl (Pink KAWS BFF Companion)
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 Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

KAWS WHAT PARTY set of 2 works (KAWS Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY: Set of 2 works: These KAWS Companion vinyl sculptures feature KAWS' signature CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ large...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS GONE Grey (KAWS grey pink gone companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS GONE Grey (KAWS GONE Grey & Pink), new & unopened in its original packaging. A well-received work and variation of KAWS' large scale GONE sculpture - a key highlight of KAWS’ r...
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 Brown Clean Slate Companion (KAWS clean slate brown)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Clean Slate (Brown), 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 Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS WHAT PARTY white (KAWS white what party companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY White: This KAWS Companion vinyl sculpture features 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 WHAT PARTY white (KAWS white what party companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS WHAT PARTY White: This KAWS Companion vinyl sculpture features 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 Companion 2016: complete set of 6
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion Complete Set of 6, 2016. Each new and sealed in original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Mo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

KAWS SEPARATED Companion (set of 2 works)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED (set of 2 works: brown & grey): each new & unopened in original packaging: This highly collectible KAWS SEPARATED set of 2, is derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS x Robert Lazzarini, Distorted Companion (Brown)
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 New, as issued. Some minor imperfections may exist given the nature of the mate...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Plastic, Vinyl

KAWS Holiday Companion (Set of 2 works)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS 'Holiday' Companion Korea & Hong Kong (set of 2 works): Set of 2 KAWS Companions, each published by All Rights Reserved to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ large scale floating fi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SEPARATED complete set of 3 works (KAWS Separated Companion set)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED (Complete Set of 3 Works): each new & unopened in original packaging: This highly collectible KAWS SEPARATED set is derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s larger sca...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop 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, Companion, Vinyl Sculpture in Grey, 2016
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Companion, Vinyl Sculpture in Grey, 2016 Vinyl sculpture Sold in 'as new' condition, in original publisher packaging. "Kaws" and the date 16 is stamped on the underside of the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Companion - Original Screen Print by KAWS - 2000s
By KAWS
Located in Roma, IT
Companion is an original artwork by KAWS (born in Jersey City, 1974) Screen Print on paper Stamped by the Artist lower: Kaws Edition of 1200 specimens Good condition
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Prints

Materials

Screen

KAWS Companion Flayed & Companion Editions Vinyl Figure Complete Set of 8 Sealed
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
Package Dimensions 14.25 x 8.58 x 3.62 inches Item Weight 1.17 pounds Both Sculptures are in Pristine Condition and have been stored safely since 2016. The figures are both sealed ...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

2019 Companion Blush Set of two vinyl figures by KAWS from Medicom Toy Corp.
By KAWS
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Companion Blush Set of two painted vinyl figures in original packaging from Medicom Toy Corp. From KAWS' (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly's) open edition release in 2019.
Category

2010s Street Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Vinyl

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Kaws Companion Gray For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the kaws companion gray you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. You can easily find an example made in the Contemporary style, while we also have 26 Contemporary versions to choose from as well. Adding a kaws companion gray to a room that is mostly decorated in warm neutral tones can yield a welcome change — find a piece on 1stDibs that incorporates elements of gray and more. Frequently made by artists working in paint, synthetic resin paint and vinyl paint, these artworks are unique and have attracted attention over the years.

How Much is a Kaws Companion Gray?

The price for an artwork of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — a kaws companion gray in our inventory may begin at $308 and can go as high as $145,000, while the average can fetch as much as $1,110.

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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