KAWS - HEATWAVE: Online Auction London Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

  • Provenance

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
    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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Three works: (i) COMPANION (FLAYED) OPEN EDITION BLACK; ii) COMPANION (FLAYED) OPEN EDITION BROWN; iii) COMPANION (FLAYED) OPEN EDITION GREY

printed with the fabricator's name, artist's name and date 'KAWS.. 16 OPEN EDITION MEDICOM TOY CHINA' on the underside of each
each painted vinyl, in original Medicom packaging
each 30 x 14.1 x 9 cm (11 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2016, these works are from an open edition fabricated by Medicom Toy, Japan.

Estimate
£1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for £2,000

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HEATWAVE: Online Auction

Online Auction 17 - 26 July 2019