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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Los Angeles
    Phillips, London, 13 April 2015, lot 29
    Private Collection, Norway
    Private Collection, UK
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    KAWS

    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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UNTITLED (For Free Arts NYC)

signed and dated 'KAWS..13' on the reverse
acrylic on paper
sheet diameter 41.5 cm. (16 in.)
frame diameter 48.5 cm. (19 1/8 in.)

Painted in 2013.

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 420,000 
€24,100-46,100
$28,200-53,800

Sold for HK$252,000

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong
Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2013
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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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Charlene Lau
Head of Jewels, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2039
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Online Auction 16 - 23 September 2021