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Signed Print Edition of 36
H 37cm x W 53cm
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|April 2019||Digard - France||Running Chum - Signed Print|
Running Chum is a signed screen print made by the internationally acclaimed American artist and designer, KAWS in 2003. Released in an edition size of 36, the print shows KAWS’ iconic cartoon character, Chum, captured in motion. Rendered in bright green, Chum appears to be running out of the composition towards the viewer of the print. Chum is set against a vibrant pink backdrop which clashes with the green and yellow used to depict the cartoon’s figure.
Running Chum is part of the Chum collection, a body of works made by KAWS all of which depict this beloved cartoon character. Most of the prints in the collection are rendered in black and white, making this print stand out due to its lively colour composition.
Chum was inspired by the Michelin Man, one of the most recognisable mascots of the 20th century. The character was originally drawn by the French cartoonist, Marius Rossillon, who created the mascot for the Michelin tyre company. KAWS adapts the Michelin Man by adding his signature crossed out eyes and skull and crossbone head. By taking and appropriating this well-known figure, which KAWS renders in his distinct graphic style, KAWS makes a comment on capitalism, global consumerism and copyright, something the artist often does in his artworks.