Title: Four Foot Companion Dissected (Brown)
Medium: Sculpture, Painted cast vinyl
Size: 50 X 22 X 14″ in
Edition of 100
KAWS is a diverse artist taking over the world of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design and toy-making.
Over the last two decades KAWS companions have solidified their reputation as must have collectibles. First introduced in 1999 the first Mickey Mouse like Companion figures were originally intended to be a run of eight-inch toys limited to an edition of 500 which sold out almost immediately and soon became highly sought-after by collectors in the art industry and beyond.
Produced in collaboration with the Japanese brand Bounty Hunter, the limited-edition toys reflected KAWS’s desire to make his work more accessible to the public.
KAWS Dissected Companions are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity, merging playfulness with more mature notions of life and death. Establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and important influence in culture today.
The Companion’s impact on popular culture is noteworthy leading to collaborations with world renown brands including Nike, Uniqlo and inspiring the likes of Kim Jones’ first Dior Campaign. The figure even replaced the long-standing moon man trophies for the MTV VMA Awards, 2013 and has gone to fetch upwards of $100,000 USD at auction. These figures aren’t just for purchase as we have seen fluctuating prices that appreciate over time.