This open edition sculpture / collectible vinyl toy by KAWS (Brian Donnelly) is a Flayed Blush Companion released 06/02/2017 to commemorate KAWS' exhibition in Shanghai at the Yuz Museum.
Just months after the release of 6 different Open Edition Companions, KAWS dropped two Blush Companions of the same size (11 inches) on KAWSONE. As is typical with all KAWS collectibles, these figures sold out quickly. This particular version features a full-body design with shades of pink and red throughout.
Brian Donnelly, known professionally as KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds 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. His iconic “XX” signature has its roots in the beginning of his career as a street artist in the 1990s, when he began altering found advertisements by incorporating his own masterful paintings. Evoking the sensibilities of Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, KAWS possesses a sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. Kaws' sculptures range in size from a few inches to ten metres tall, and are made from various materials including fiberglass, aluminium, wood, bronze, and a steel pontoon inflatable raft.His work is exhibited in galleries and museums, held in the permanent collections of public institutions, and avidly collected by individuals including music producer Swizz Beatz, rapper Pharrell Williams, and members of South Korean boy band BTS. High auction record: USD $14m, Sotheby's, 2019 - parody of The Beatles’ album cover