KAWS - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist in 2005)
    Christie's, New York, 27 September 2018, lot 22
    Private Collection, Palm Beach (acquired at the above sale)
    Thence by descent

  • Literature

    KAWS 1993-2010, exh. cat., The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut, 2010, p. 22 (another variant illustrated)

  • 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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Game Changer – Property from the Estate of Ryan Brant



signed, titled and dated 'KAWS..05 KIMPSONS..' on the overlap
acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12 in.)
Painted in 2005.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £125,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019