KAWS - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | Phillips

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

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.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,250

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 17 October 2017