KAWS - 24/7 Hong Kong Monday, October 7, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Please note that this lot is a property of a private individual.

    Phillips believes that this lot was manufactured or created in mainland China and if imported to the USA may be subject to an import tariff. For more information, see paragraph 14 of the Conditions of Sale in our auction sale catalogue or contact one of our specialists.

  • Provenance

    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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Three Works: (i) SMALL LIE (Brown); (ii) SMALL LIE (Grey); (iii) SMALL LIE (Black)

each stamped with the artist's name, date, fabricator and title 'KAWS..17 "SMALL LIE" MEDICOM TOY CHINA' on the underside of each figure
painted cast vinyl
each 12.9 x 12.2 x 27.5 cm. (5 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.)
Produced by MEDICOM TOY CHINA in 2017, these works are from a limited edition and are sealed in their original packaging.

HK$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for HK$16,250

Contact Specialist

Delissa Putri Handoko
Head of Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art


Online Auction 9-18 October 2019