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  • Provenance

    Perrotin, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Galerie Perrotin, Kaws: The Nature of Need, 16 May 2012 - 30 June 2012 (illustrated on the cover)
    Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth; Shanghai, Yuz Museum, Where the End Starts KAWS, 20 October - 28 July 2017, fig. 8, pp. 69, 73, 88 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography


    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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signed, numbered and dated 'KAWS '12' 1 OF TWO PARTS' on the reverse of left part; further numbered '2 OF TWO PARTS' on the reverse of right part
acrylic on canvas, in 2 parts
left part 198 x 78.2 cm (77 7/8 x 30 3/4 in.)
right part 189 x 79 cm (74 3/8 x 31 1/8 in.)
overall dimensions variable

Executed in 2012.

£150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for £909,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018