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  • Provenance

    Gallery by the Harbour, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2010

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Gallery by the Harbour, KAWS: PASSING THROUGH, 4-24 October 2010

  • Literature

    'Touch Spot: KAWS SAYS', East TOUCH, October 2010, p.58, (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the leading figures of 21st Century popular culture, KAWS’s multi-disciplinary practice and instantly identifiable aesthetic has earned him recognition across the globe. His prolific body of work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, sculptures, prints and even product design.

    The present work was included in KAWS’s 2010 exhibition at Harbour City in Hong Kong. Entitled KAWS: PASSING THROUGH, this was the artist’s first exhibition in Greater China. Regarded as a breakthrough milestone for the artist, the exhibition debuted his first large-scale public sculpture featuring one of his most well-known characters, COMPANION. In addition to his popular limited edition vinyl toys, this unique and exceptionally rare work on paper was one of a series of 13 hand-drawn pieces especially created for the exhibition, all of which depict cotton candy-like clouds bearing the signature ‘X’ eyes. The artist’s intricate handiwork is clearly demonstrated in the clean graphic lines, showcasing a mastery of the medium that stems from his early renegade interventions featuring billboards and bus shelter advertisements. With an artistic style reminiscent of his Pop Art predecessors such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, KAWS has created an instantly recognisable visual lexicon uniquely his own that continues to attest to his relevance in our contemporary age.

  • 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 and dated 'KAWS..10' lower right
pencil and marker on paper
work: 41 x 51.5 cm. (16 1/8 x 20 1/4 in.)
frame: 47 x 57.5 cm. (18 1/2 x 22 5/8 in.)

Executed in 2010.

HK$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for HK$375,000

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Online Auction 20 - 28 May 2020