KAWS - New Now London Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ding Dong Takuhaibin, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Three works: i) HOLIDAY JAPAN (Brown); ii) HOLIDAY JAPAN (Black); iii) HOLIDAY JAPAN (Grey)

i-iii) printed with the artist's name and title 'KAWS: HOLIDAY' on the underside
painted vinyl, in original Medicom packaging
each 18.2 x 27.5 x 11.5 cm (7 1/8 x 10 7/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
i-iii) Executed in 2019, this work is from an open edition fabricated by AllRightsReserved Ltd.

£1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for £2,750

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Simon Tovey
Head of New Now Sale, London
+44 20 7318 4084

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London Auction 15 July 2020