KAWS - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    AllRightsReserved, Hong Kong
    Private Collection, New York
    Phillips, New York, 15 May 2019, Lot 486
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography


    American • 1974

    To understand the work of KAWS is to understand his roots in the skateboard and graffiti crews of New York City. Brian Donnelly chose KAWS as his moniker to tag city streets beginning in the 1990s, and quickly became a celebrated standout in the scene. Having swapped spray paint for explorations in fine art spanning sculpture, painting and collage, KAWS has maintained a fascination with classic cartoons, including Garfield, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons, and reconfigured familiar subjects into a world of fantasy. 

    Perhaps he is most known for his larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures that supplant the body of Mickey Mouse onto KAWS' own imagined creatures, often with 'x'-ed out eyes or ultra-animated features. However, KAWS also works frequently in neon and vivid paint, adding animation and depth to contemporary paintings filled with approachable imagination. There is mass appeal to KAWS, who exhibits globally and most frequently in Asia, Europe and the United States.  

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signed and dated 'KAWS..18'; further incised with the artist's name, title, number and date '"SEEING" 092/250 ©KAWS..18' on the underside
alloy, ceramic, LED light and mixed media
37 x 17.4 x 18.6 cm. (14 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2018, this work is number 92 from an edition of 250, and is accompanied by an authenticity and ID card issued by AllRightsReserved Hong Kong, all contained in the original wooden box.

HK$280,000 - 350,000 

Sold for HK$437,500

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020