KAWS - 24/7: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Sotheby’s, Online, 10 April 2019, Lot 9003
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Qatar Museums, KAWS: HE EATS ALONE, 25 October 2019 – 25 January 2020 (another example exhibited)

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

each stamped with the artist's name, fabricator and location of manufacture, title and date 'KAWS..17 "SMALL LIE" MEDICOM TOY CHINA' on the underside
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 in 2017, each work is sealed within its original packaging.

HK$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for HK$10,000

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24/7: Online Auction

Online Auction 9 - 19 October 2020