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  • Provenance

    Salon 94, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Painted in 2014, Untitled celebrates KAWS’ distinct visual vocabulary and typifies the artist's captivating and graphic canvases that are immaculately executed in acrylic. KAWS’ signature style involves the reworking of many familiar icons from popular culture and comic books, often featuring cartoon characters with X-covered eyes, such as Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Michelin Man. In the present work, Snoopy and Woodstock from Charles M. Schulz’s loved comic strip Peanuts are closely cropped yet still recognisable. In the present work, the artist’s dark spin on these otherwise playful figures is emphasised by the monochrome palette of this canvas and his confident and strikingly effective use of line. Deftly operating at the intersection of street art and commercialism, with a decidedly Pop sensibility, KAWS’ body of work has become prolific in its own right.

    Professionally known as KAWS, Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly began his career as a street artist and is now widely considered one of today’s most vibrant and exciting contemporary artists. His practice is rooted in both the commercialist aesthetics of artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Takashi Murakami and his personal fascination with graphic design and graffiti has resulted in his production of dynamic, ironic and playful works, charged with an underlying social commentary.

  • 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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Untitled (MBFF9)

signed and dated 'KAWS..'14' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
188.3 x 152.4 cm (74 1/8 x 60 in.)
Painted in 2014.

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £162,500

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London Auction 11 April 2018