KAWS - Satellite: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, September 7, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Poly Auction, Hong Kong, 16 December 2022, lot 27
    Acquired at the above sale 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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each signed and dated 'KAWS..01' lower right; numbered '42/50' lower left
silkscreen on paper
each work 43.2 x 22.9 cm. (17 x 9 in.)
each frame 54 x 33.6 cm. (21 1/4 x 13 1/4 in.)

Each executed in 2001, this work is number 42 from an edition of 50 plus 5 artist's proofs.

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$76,200

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Satellite: Online Auction

7 - 14 September 2023