Javier Calleja - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “They have, you know, the eyes, puppy eyes. But it’s with red. And the nose is also red. And the eyes are really shiny, watery. So these guys are happy because they just stopped crying. Do you know this moment when you are crying or child is crying, but then start to smile again?”
    — Javier Calleja

    The artist in his studio
    Photography by Sasha Bogojev


    • Provenance

      NANZUKA, Tokyo
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      Javier Calleja

      Javier Calleja (b. 1971) is a contemporary Spanish artist living and working in
      Malaga, Spain. Calleja is most known for his figurative style of cartoonish, doe-eyed
      characters with exaggerated features. His style is influenced by the toys and comics
      from his 70s and 80s upbringing. Calleja’s characters are often accompanied by text
      that contrasts the innocent and adolescent looking facial expressions of the
      characters represented in the compositions. Calleja works in painting, sculpture,
      and works on paper.

      Calleja holds a BFA from Granada University in Spain. His works have been exhibited worldwide and he is currently represented by Almine Rech.

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The Morning After

signed and dated '2018 Javier Calleja' on the underside; further titled '"tHE MORNiNG AFTER"' on the overlap
acrylic on canvas
116.1 x 100 cm. (45 3/4 x 39 3/8 in.)
Painted in 2018.

Full Cataloguing

HK$1,800,000 - 2,800,000 

Sold for HK$2,540,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
+852 2318 2027

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 31 March 2023