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  •  "This is not a simple mixing of the cartoon figure with the abstract, but a blurring of the two, bringing to light the abstract nature of cartoons, as well as the figural possibilities of abstraction." — Michael Auping 

     

    • Condition Report

    • Provenance

      Private Collection, Asia
      Christie's, Hong Kong, 9 March 2019, lot 1
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      KAWS

      American • 1974

      KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is renowned for his prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies.  

      KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, the artist’s imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’s artworks are highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and influence in today’s culture.  

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PIRANHAS WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING

signed, numbered and dated 'AP 11/20 KAWS.. 17' lower left
silkscreen on paper
image 152.5 x 117.1 cm. (60 x 46 1/8 in.)
frame 155.3 x 119.8 cm. (61 1/8 x 47 1/8 in.)

Published by Pace Editions Inc., New York in 2016, this work is artist proof 11 from an edition of 50 plus 20 artist's proofs.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$180,000 - 280,000 
€19,600-30,400
$23,100-35,900

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