KAWS - 24/7: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Phillips
  • 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..19' lower right of print; numbered '618/750' lower left of print; further signed, numbered and dated 'KAWS..19 618/750' on cover page of book
screenprint on smooth paper
print 38.4 x 30 cm. (15 1/8 x 11 3/4 in.)
slipcase with book 42.7 x 34.2 x 5.5 cm. (16 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 2 1/8 in.)

Published by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 2019, this work is number 618 from an edition of 750, and is accompanied by a protective cover and limited-edition art book signed by the artist, all contained within the original slipcase.

HK$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for HK$35,000

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24/7: Online Auction

Online Auction 9 - 19 October 2020