By The Nation
UT presents authentic pop culture by bringing fashion and art together, reflecting Uniqlo’s LifeWear ethos as a unique vehicle for people to express themselves. This special UT collection presents Kaws’ designs in a curated selection from the artist’s wide range of sculptures and artworks, spanning his acclaimed career and featuring his beloved Companion and BFF.
"I am happy to have this opportunity with Uniqlo to design a collection of t-shirts and totes inspired by some of my favourite sculptures that will be made accessible to a global audience,” Kaws says in the statement.
Kaws engages audiences far beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, graphic and product design.
Over the last two decades he has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist. His work possesses a sophisticated humour and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from pop-culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary for his works across various mediums.
Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hard-edge paintings that emphasise line and colour, Kaws’ cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters represent the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. He has been exhibited at the High Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Yuz Museum in Shanghai.
His collaborations with Uniqlo for the UT lines in spring/summer 2016, 2017 and 2018 were international hits. The products are available at all stores and online through www.Uniqlo.com/th.