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Painted cast vinyl
50 × 23 3/5 × 13 in | 127 × 60 × 33 cm
Edition of 100
Color variations available.

The “Four Foot Companion (Black)” from 2007 stands as a prime example of KAWS’s innovative blend of fine and commercial art, drawing on elements of Pop art, street art, and commercial toy design. This piece features “Companion,” a recurring figure in KAWS’s art, which is a creative take on Mickey Mouse. The sculpture, standing at four feet tall, is entirely black, differing from the colorful disposition of the famous cartoon character. The design incorporates oversized shoes and gloved hands, reminiscent of Mickey Mouse, but takes a stark turn with a skull and crossbones-like head adorned with the artist’s trademark yellow “XX” eyes.

This reinterpretation introduces a grim aspect to the otherwise cheerful figure, challenging the viewer’s expectations of such a universally recognized character. The sculpture’s rigid stance, with arms by its side, adds to the eerie, lifeless aura, juxtaposing a familiar, lively image with a sense of melancholy. KAWS’s unique approach in “Four Foot Companion (Black)” exemplifies his skill in merging contrasting elements to create something completely new, marked by his signature avant-garde humor.

KAWS’s creations, including works like “Four Foot Companion,” have propelled his fame in the art world, leading to his works being showcased in prominent exhibitions globally. These include venues like the Brooklyn Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Shanghai’s Yuz Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Longside Gallery, Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Galerie Perrotin in New York, and the High Art Museum. Additionally, his art is featured in the collections of significant institutions such as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

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KAWS has significantly impacted the art world with his groundbreaking sculptures that blend pop culture, street art, and fine art. His unique style is often compared to legendary artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons, especially in his approach to integrating consumer imagery into art.

His sculptures are famed for their oversized, cartoon-like figures, drawing from popular culture icons like Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons, and the Smurfs. KAWS adds his signature style with “X” marked eyes and gloved hands, creating a sense of mystery. These works reflect his graffiti roots, where he began by altering advertisements, a theme that persists in his sculptures as he reinterprets well-known characters, challenging viewers’ perceptions.

KAWS’s versatile use of materials like bronze, fiberglass, and wood in his sculptures allows for varied textures, colors, and scales, broadening his appeal. His art resonates with a wide audience, tapping into nostalgia while posing questions about consumerism and the commodification of art.

His works have been exhibited in major venues like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Tate Modern in London. Beyond galleries, KAWS has collaborated with high-profile brands and celebrities, merging art with popular culture. His limited-edition collectibles have become highly sought-after items.

KAWS’s sculptures stand out for challenging art norms, evoking nostalgia, and appealing to diverse audiences. He continues to redefine art engagement, influencing various fields like fashion, design, and popular culture. His legacy as an artist who reshapes the interaction with contemporary art is well-established.

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