KAWS - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, June 6, 2024 | Phillips
  • 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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The complete set of 10 screenprints in colours, on Saunders Waterford paper, with full margins, with the title page and the accompanying original blue fabric-covered clamshell portfolio box with embossed title.
all I. 28.6 x 22 cm (11 1/4 x 8 5/8 in.)
all S. 43.3 x 32.5 cm (17 x 12 3/4 in.)
portfolio 47.5 x 36.2 x 4 cm (18 3/4 x 14 1/4 x 1 5/8 in.)

All signed, dated and numbered 89/250 in pencil (there were also 50 artist's proofs), published by the artist, all framed.

£20,000 - 30,000 

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 6 - 7 June 2024