KAWS in Amsterdam – Companion (Passing through)
One of the newest pieces in our sculpture garden is Companion (Passing through) by KAWS. This is one of the few sculptures by KAWS in Amsterdam. KAWS’ acclaimed oeuvre straddles high art, pop culture and his own signature style. Having transitioned from his earlier graffiti career tagging billboards and posters on the streets of New York, KAWS now creates highly coveted limited edition prints, sculptures and toys that transform imagery from popular culture with his own unique twist.
Who is KAWS?
We know Brian Donnelly better under his professional name KAWS. This American graffiti artist gets his inspiration from toys. He makes paintings and sculptures in his own unique style.
You may recognize some of KAWS artworks from popular comic books or cartoons. The combination of cartoons influences and makes KAWS’s artworks very playful. In addition to works of art, KAWS also makes limited edition toys and clothing. In this way the artist achieved a lot of popularity and is also a well-known name among young people.
KAWS in Amsterdam
Out of all the characters that KAWS has created, the Mickey Mouse-inspired Companion, exemplified by the present work, is his most iconic. Companion (Passing Through) possesses the artist’s trademark skull head with crossbones and measures the same size as a real-life child, heightening the character’s poignantly human disposition. In the garden of the Moco Museum in Amsterdam you can admire one of these Companions from KAWS.
This is the one of the few sculptures by KAWS on view in a public art space in Amsterdam.