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Running Chum I

Running Chum I
Signed Print

KAWS

Screenprint, 2000
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 71cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

The print can be seen alongside two other screen prints, each of which depict Chum running. While the three prints all show Chum, they each capture him from a different angle. Running Chum I is the only print that shows the character’s entire body.

KAWS is well known for his impressive collection of cartoon characters which he often incorporates into his artworks. Along with Chum, notable characters that re-appear throughout KAWS’ prints are Bendy, Accomplice and Companion. Chum was inspired by the Michelin tyre company mascot, the Michelin Man, originally drawn by the 20th century French cartoonist, Marius Rossilon. KAWS adapts this recognisable figure by rendering him in his signature artistic style, adding his iconic crossed out eyes and skull and crossbone head.