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  • 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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Six Works: (Real) Companion; CHUM; Bendy; Companion (Five Years Later); PUSHEAD; and THE TWINS

1999-2006
Seven figures, including five cast and painted soft vinyl multiples and two plastic, painted multiples, six contained in their original cardboard or Plexiglas boxes.
smallest 7 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 in. (19.1 x 10.8 x 5.1 cm)
largest 14 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (37.5 x 16.5 x 6.4 cm)

(Real) Companion and CHUM signed and dated in black or white ink on the underside of the right foot respectively, four with the fabricators stamp on the underside, all with the artist's copyright stamp and date on the underside.

Estimate
$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,250

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 17 October 2017