Introducing Jeff Koons at Hang-Up Gallery
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Introducing Jeff Koons at Hang-Up Gallery

May 5, 2018

Artist Biography

Jeff Koons lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania and he is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the postwar era. Since the late 1970s, his work has explored themes connected to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance, and the role of the artist. Koons is known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects — such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces.

Balloon Monkey

Above: Jeff Koon , Balloon Monkey

'Balloon Monkey' is a limited edition artwork that references the monumental sculpture from his Celebration Series, which depicts a balloon that has been twisted into the shape of a monkey. The original Balloon Monkey weights almost 5 tons and is 12 and a half feet long! The artist, who often works with inflatable sculptures, said “The reason that I enjoy things that involve air is they’re a symbol of us. We’re breathing machines, we’re inflatables, we take air.”

Balloon Rabbit Above: Jeff Koons, Balloon Rabbit

Balloon Rabbit is also from his iconic Celebration Series, which marked a magnificent new chapter in Jeff Koons's work. It is a highly reflective, red porcelain limited edition. His inspiration arose from when people would decorate their front gardens with inflatable rabbits at Easter, in his hometown in Pennsylvania. The neighbours hoped to spread their joy to others through their decorations.

"One of the things that I am most proud of is making work that lets viewers not feel intimidated by art, but feel that they can emotionally participate in it through their senses and their intellect and be fully engaged." - Jeff Koons

Below you can see the monumental original...

Balloon Swan

The figure of a swan has a personal resonance for Jeff Koons. When the artist was just 9 years old, a swan was the first sculpture he attempted to make from ceramic.

"Balloon Swan harmonizes sexual energy. If you look at it from the front, it's totem-like and male. If you go to the side it becomes female. Balloon Swan is reminiscent of classical works, it defines beauty as sexual harmony." - Jeff Koons

Above: Jeff Koons, Balloon Swan

Staggering Auction Results

Jeff Koon's 12 ft sculpture Balloon Dog broke records as it sold for a staggering £36.8 million at a Christies Auction in 2013. Balloon Dog was another artwork that formed part of his Celebration Series of five. (Click here for more info)

If you have any questions contact us at or call us on 02036674550. In the meantime, you can click HERE to view Jeff Koons Artist Catalogue.

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