KAWS - New Now London Thursday, December 8, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    AllRightsReserved, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above 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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SEEING (BLUE)

signed and dated 'KAWS 2018' on the underside, titled and stamp-numbered 'SEEING 245/250' on the underside
zinc alloy and ceramic lamp, with LED light, with the original box
overall 37.6 x 26.1 x 20.3 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.)
figure 27 x 18.3 x 19 cm (10 5/8 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.)
plinth 10.1 x 20.4 x 18 cm (3 7/8 x 8 x 7 1/8 in.)

Executed in 2018, this work is number 245 from an edition of 250, published by AllRightsReserved, Hong Kong and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £12,600

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Charlotte Gibbs
Associate Specialist, Head of New Now
+44 20 7901 7993
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New Now

London Auction 8 December 2022