This open edition sculpture / collectible vinyl toy by KAWS (Brian Donnelly) is a Flayed Brown Companion released 22/11/2016 in conjunction with his "Where The End Starts" exhibit in Fort Worth, Texas.
An iconic figure in KAWS' work, the companion has appeared in many different iterations and on several different mediums throughout the years. After demand increased, KAWS released a full series of six different companions that included both full body and flayed versions of the classic character. This KAWS Open Edition Flayed Companion in Brown features an open-body design with various shades of brown and beige on both the interior and outside.
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