KAWS - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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signed, numbered and dated '339/750 KAWS,,19' lower edge of the screenprint; signed and numbered 'KAWS,,19 339/750' inside cover of the exhibition catalogue
screenprint on paper, exhibition catalogue, grey linen-bound box, print wallet and envelope, with GONE interior lining and pink ribbon
print 38.4 x 30 cm (15 1/8 x 11 3/4 in.)
box 42.5 x 34.3 x 5 cm (16 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 1 7/8 in.)

Executed in 2019, this work is number 339 from an edition of 750 created on the occasion of KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 20 September 2019 - 15 March 2020.

£2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for £2,520

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 27 October - 3 November 2021