Companionship in the Age of Loneliness is a limited edition art book with screen print by artist KAWS from 2019.
· Limited edition art book
· Screen print on Arches Aquarelle 300 gsm paper
· Limited Edition of 750
· Released in 2019
Printed in New York under the supervision of the artist, this screen print on Arches Aquarelle 300 gsm is based on GONE. An emotional depiction of loss, GONE, 2019, shows KAWS’s well-known characters COMPANION and BFF in a pose reminiscent of a classic pietà. It is among the most powerful of KAWS’s sculptural works, which often embody humility, pathos and vulnerability. Whether as a monumental sculpture, vinyl edition, or screen print, the exquisitely rendered and immaculately finished work engages with contemporary issues such as loneliness and celebrates supportiveness in today’s increasingly fractured world.
KAWS is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation. Working across art, fashion and design, he creates colour-filled paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, products, and streetwear. His work is infused with humour and humanity and is deeply tied to our times. KAWS draws his cast of characters from pop-culture animations to form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.
Featuring a new text by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), a biographical essay by NGV Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dr Simon Maidment, and more than 200 images, including documentation of the career-survey exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness at the National Gallery of Victoria, this publication is a comprehensive overview of the artist's work to date.
Brian Donnelly was born in 1974 and is known professionally as Kaws (stylized as KAWS). He is one of the most successful living contemporary American artists and also a designer. His work includes repeated use of a cast of figurative characters and motifs, some dating back to the beginning of his career in the 1990s, initially painted in 2D and later realised in 3D. Some of his characters are his own creations while others are reworked versions of existing icons. Kaws' sculptures range in size from a few inches to ten metres tall and are made from various materials including fibreglass, aluminium, wood, bronze and a steel pontoon inflatable raft.
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