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    KAWS, 'UNTITLED' Lot 105

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Christie's, Hong Kong, 24 November 2019, lot 425
    Acquired at the above sale 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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105

UNTITLED

signed, inscribed and dated 'KAWS..99 PARIS. R.' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
40.9 x 40.9 cm (16 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.)
Painted in 1999.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £81,250

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Tamila Kerimova
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020