KAWS - Saturday @ Phillips New York Saturday, October 25, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Elms Lesters, London

  • 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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Astroboy vs Pikachu

Screenprint on paper.
35 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (90.2 x 64.1 cm).
Signed and dated lower edge. This work is from an edition of 50.

$1,500 - 2,000 

Sold for $3,500

Saturday @ Phillips

25 Oct 2008, Noon
New York