Contemporary works of art from East and West auctioned to celebrate love | Auctions News | THE VALUE

Inspired by the love and passion of Valentine’s Day, Phillips is hosting a special online auction – titled My Kawaii Valentine.

A group of Eastern and Western artists with different styles – such as Tomoo Gokita, Katherine Bernhardt, Joan Cornella, Li Qing and Mr. Doodle will be featured in the sale. Their works highlight many ways to interpret contemporary love.

Alongside these contemporary works, 6 NFT creations will also be on sale.

Batch 13 | Tomoo Gokita | Fake Cézanne #1, Acrylic gouache on linen

Created in 2017
Artwork: 72.7 x 50 cm | Frame: 87.4 x 64.7 cm

  • Mary Boone Gallery, New York
  • Ross + Kramer, New York
  • Acquired from the above by the current owner

Estimate: 300,000 – 500,000 HK$

Tomoo Gokita is a Japanese artist best known for his monochrome and grayscale renderings of mass media archetypes. His paintings and drawings are inspired by vintage magazines, art journals, film stills and postcards he is known to collect.

The composition pays homage to the post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, whose still lifes are recognized as one of the most distinguished lines of artistic research in the history of modern painting. Gokita Fake Cezanne #1 shares a particular resemblance to Cézanne The vase of tulips an internationally exhibited painting executed circa 1890, now housed in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In the center of both paintings is a bouquet of tulips, narcissus and delicate buttercups, springing from a terracotta vase placed on a table beside three rounded fruits. A bath light shines from the left, emphasizing the curves and contrasts of the multi-layered arrangement as dark shadows are cast in its wake.

Unlike Cézanne’s version which is detailed by a rich patchwork of colors, Gokita captures the same intricacies of texture through his signature palette of velvety black, white and gray. This work has an air of nostalgia, inviting viewers to explore the depths of their imagination as they are transported into the dreamlike monochromatic world of Gokita.

by Cezanne The vase of tulips (circa 1890)

Tomoo Gokita

Batch 2 | Catherine Bernhardt | Couple in love, Acrylic on canvas

Created in 2006
121.6 × 91.1cm

  • CANADA, New York
  • Private collection, United States
  • Phillips, New York, October 30, 2019, Lot 38
  • Acquired at the above sale by the current owner

Estimate: HK$120,000 – 180,000

Katherine Bernhardt is an American artist whose style of painting is inspired by batik art and the abstract repetition of African textiles. Using bright and bold colors, Bernhardt uses symbols from contemporary pop culture and everyday life such as cartoon characters, popular drinks, subway tickets and cigarettes.

In 2019 CLOT (a streetwear label founded by Hong Kong actor Edison Chen), collaborated with Nike to create Air Max shoes. In the exclusive pop-up, Bernhardt was a special guest, where her large-scale paintings were exhibited.

In October 2021, one of his Pink Panther paintings which was created for the above event, was shown at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Estimated between 300,000 and 500,000 HK dollars, it went for 1.95 million HK dollars (about 250,000 dollars).

Catherine Bernhardt

Batch 7 | Joan Cornelle | Untitled, Acrylic on canvas

Created in 2016

  • Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner

Estimate: 100,000 – 200,000 HK$

Joan Cornella is an artist from Barcelona, ​​known for his dark humor works of art. They depict themes such as gender, race, religion, and politics to satirize society.

He cooperated with Hong Kong creative studio All rights reserved (ARR) multiple times to throw various figures, which were quickly picked up.

In 2021, international auction house Sotheby’s collaborated with Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou in the Jay Chou x Sotheby’s auction. Estimated between HK$80,000 and 150,000, Cornella’s painting fetched HK$630,000.

Joan Cornelle

Batch 1 | Gina Beavers | Ultimate Smoky Eye, Acrylic on linen canvas mounted on panel

Created in 2019

  • Private collection, Europe
  • Acquired from the above by the current owner

Estimate: HK$100,000 – 150,000

New York artist Gina Beavers is renowned for her work inspired by images gathered from the internet.

In contrast to the temporary quality of social media, her paintings are intensely crafted, constructed through thick accumulations of acrylic that introduce a sculptural three-dimensionality, subverting the flatness of her source material.

Directly meet the gaze of the spectator in Ultimate Smokey Eye East a large eye accentuated by a midnight black makeup powder. An eyeshadow brush on the left adds the finishing touch, evoking an idea that paint paints itself. Created in 2019, the work is an example of Beaver’s exploration of the performative aspect of makeup tutorials and how we choose to represent ourselves in the online world.

Gina Beavers

Other flagship lots:

Batch 25 | Li Qing | Images of Mutual Undoing and Unity · Lurk (Group of four works)

C-print, as part of the artist (first two works) | Oil on linen (last two works)
Created in 2015
42.1 x 42.1 cm (first two works) | 80.3 x 80 cm (last
two works)

  • Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai
  • Acquired from the above by the current owner

Estimate: HK$100,000 – 150,000

Batch 6 | matt gondek | Tweety and Sylvester, Acrylic on canvas

Created in 2017

  • Lorin Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Acquired from the above by the current owner

Estimate: 90,000 – 120,000 HK$

Batch 5 | Kitty Narod | Touch, Acrylic on canvas

Created in 2019
70.4 x 90cm

  • XSPACE Gallery, Bangkok
  • Acquired from the above by the current owner

Estimate: 80,000 – 120,000 HK$

Batch 12 | Mr Doodle | Broken heart, Acrylic on canvas

Created in 2018

Estimate: 50,000 – 70,000 HK$

Auction details:

Auction House: Phillips

Sale: My Kawaii Valentine: Online Auction

Sale Date: February 14, 2022 9:00 p.m. – February 22, 2022 6:00 p.m. (Hong Kong local time)

Number of batches: 50

Christopher S. Washington