KAWS - 24/7: Online Auction Hong Kong Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • "KAWS is not just referring to pop culture, he is making it." — Michael Auping

    • Provenance

      Carmichael Gallery, Miami
      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, dated and stamped with the artist's name, title, number and date ' "SEEING" 058/250 KAWS..18 ©KAWS..18' on the underside
alloy, ceramic, LED light and mixed media
37 x 17.4 x 18.6 cm. (14 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2018, this work is number 58 from an edition of 250, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and ID card issued by All Rights Reserved, Hong Kong and a pair of white art handling gloves, all contained within its original wooden box.

Full Cataloguing

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong
Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2013
[email protected]

24/7: Online Auction

Online Auction 21 - 30 July 2021