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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.

  • Catalogue Essay

    作為21世紀流行文化的推手之一,KAWS多元的藝術創作和其高辨識度的美學,為他贏得了全球性地認可。他豐富的作品跨越藝術和設計領域,包含了繪畫,雕塑,版畫甚至產品設計。

    此幅作品在2010年於香港海港城的KAWS個展中亮相。名為《KAWS:PASSING THROUGH》,這是其在大中華區的首場個人展覽,是KAWS作為藝術家的一個突破性里程碑,該展覽首次展示了他的大型公共雕塑,運用他最著名的作品之一《同伴》。除了他受歡迎的限量版塑膠玩具之外,此紙本作品是KAWS特別為藝術展手繪的13張真跡畫作之一,描繪了棉花糖般的「X」眼雲朵。藝術家精細的手法在清晰的圖像線條中得到了充分的展現,並顯示了他早期在惡搞廣告牌和公交候車亭的海報活動中對媒介的掌握。KAWS的藝術風格讓人回想起安迪·沃荷和凱斯·哈林等波普藝術前輩, 他所創造出的高識別度之視覺詞彙,持續印證了他在當代的重要性。

  • Artist Bio

    KAWS

    American • 1974

    KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of work 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’ cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, KAWS’ imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’ 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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KAWS

UNTITLED (CLOUD)

2010
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.

Estimate
HK$250,000 - 350,000 
€29,800-41,700
$32,100-44,900

sold for HK$375,000

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