'Passing Through' is an apt name for an exhibition by the artist known as KAWS (real name Brian Donnelly). The New York-based artist arrived in Hong Kong for a book signing on Monday then headed off to Paris to prepare for another exhibition. Although it was a flying visit, KAWS left his mark. Passers-by at Ocean Terminal will encounter an oversized sculpture of his iconic character 'Companion'. The title of the exhibition might also refer to KAWS' origins as a New Jersey graffiti artist and the transient nature of street art. He's since moved on to commercial collaborations in areas from fashion to toy design, gaining popularity internationally - as evidenced by the 200 fans lined up outside Harbour City for the book signing. 'I don't like to categorise the type of artist that I am,' KAWS said. 'Even as a street artist, I thought of myself as a painter. I don't consider myself a fine artist just because I have this exhibit. In the same way, I'm not a toy designer, but just a guy who makes toys.' The evening may have been memorable for KAWS owing to his brush with actor Edison Chen Koon-hei who, back from self-imposed media exile, appeared at the event. During the photo op, KAWS seemed bemused as he watched the paparazzi descend upon Chen. At one point, he pulled out his iPhone for a snapshot of the local media. 'This is completely bizarre,' he said. 'I love the energy of this city - to play off it and be a part of it,' said KAWS, who visits Hong Kong frequently. Although he may just be passing through, he promises: 'I'll definitely be back.'