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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York
    Private Collection, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    KAWS

    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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Ten Works: UPS AND DOWNS

2013
each signed, dated and numbered '28/100 KAWS.. 13' lower left and right respectively
screenprints
each 88.9 x 58.2 cm. (35 x 22 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2013, these works are number 28 from an edition of 100 plus 20 artist's proofs, and is accompanied by its original fabric-covered portfolio.

Estimate
HK$500,000 - 700,000 
€57,000-79,700
$64,100-89,700

Sold for HK$812,500

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019