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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    Drawing on recognisable sources from cartoons, television and books, KAWS’ artworks are universally understood. In this way the artist’s fascination with exploring a visual language, that surpasses geographical locations or cultural barriers, is brought to the fore. Snoopy: Red Baron in its large scale and graphic treatment serves as a resounding example of KAWS’ artistic style. Previously using imagery from Mickey Mouse, the Smurfs and SpongeBob SquarePants, KAWS dedicates this particular piece to another icon associated with childhood – Charlie Brown's pet dog Snoopy from the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Peanuts featured in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages, therefore it is unsurprising that the immediately recognisable beagle is portrayed in many of KAWS’ works as it perfectly embodies the notions so central to the artist’s explorations.

  • 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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Snoopy: Red Baron

2014
acrylic on canvas, laid on panel
123.8 x 111.8 cm (48 3/4 x 44 in.)
Signed and dated 'KAWS '14' on the reverse.

Estimate
£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £128,500

Contact Specialist
Peter Sumner
Head of Contemporary Art, London
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Contemporary Art Evening Sale

London 14 October 2015 7pm