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  • Provenance

    Artificial Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    From an edition of 50 plus 5 printer’s proofs, the present lot is a compelling example that showcases the artist’s unique artistic vocabulary across a variety of mediums. Executed in 2012, this work calls to mind the artist’s earlier graffiti practices in the early 1990s, created in response to a surge of advertisements taking up coveted graffiti spots in New York City. He would unlock the advertising cabinets on the sides of bus shelters and telephone booths, removing the posters and re-working them in his studio, returning them to the public space overnight with his signature crossed out eyes, alterations to the figures, and signing with his tag, KAWS. Turning to a familiar subject that is well known to many, British model Kate Moss, who was the face of the gritty ‘heroin chic’ aesthetic since the 1990s and still often a muse to photographers and artists alike around the world, KAWS boldly taps into the nostalgia of universally cherished cartoon characters and injects this icon with newfound emotional undertones with his signature ‘X’ eyes and the gloved hands of his ever-popular COMPANION character.

  • Artist Biography


    American • 1974

    KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is renowned for his prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies.  

    KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, the artist’s imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’s artworks are highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and influence in today’s culture.  

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signed, numbered and dated 'P.P. 4/5 KAWS..01' lower left and right respectively
silkscreen on paper
43.2 x 71.1 cm. (17 x 27 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2001, this work is printer's proof 4 from an edition of 50 plus 5 printer's proofs.

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$400,000

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020