KAWS - Modern & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, Hong Kong Hong Kong Tuesday, April 23, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Asia
    Curator Style, Hong Kong (acquired from the above 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 20' lower right; numbered '88/100' lower left
silkscreen on paper
work 55.8 x 55.6 cm. (22 x 22 in.)
frame 67.3 x 67.3 cm. (26 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.)

Executed in 2020, this work is a printer's proof from an edition of 100 plus 20 artist's proofs and 5 printer's proofs.

HK$45,000 - 65,000 

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Modern & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, Hong Kong

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