This open edition sculpture / collectible vinyl toy by KAWS (Brian Donnelly) titled 'Small Lie' was released in 2017 and comes in Grey, brown, and black editions.
Among KAWS’s signature “Companion,” Small Lie has the most childlike charm. Unique from the Open Edition Companions, this figure included overalls on the character and did not come in flayed versions. The Pinocchio-inspired figure bows its head in shame as if hiding from a parent after getting in trouble. KAWS debuted the character at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2016, presenting a 30-foot-tall version made of African hardwood. The following year, KAWS released 11-inch grey, brown, and black editions of the figure, produced in collaboration with Medicom Toy.
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