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Signed Print Edition of 50
H 71cm x W 51cm
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Celine Fraser, Junior Broker
Running Chum III is a signed screen print made by the ground-breaking American artist and designer, KAWS in 2000. The print depicts KAWS’ beloved cartoon character, Chum who is rendered using simple, thick white lines against a plain black backdrop. The print is simple and contrasts with other works made by KAWS which favour bright and bold colours. Chum is captured in a close-up angle, meaning the viewer can only see half of the cartoon character’s face. The print encourages imagination, prompting the viewer to think about what is hiding outside of the composition.
The print can be viewed alongside two other prints Running Chum I and Running Chum II, each of which depict Chum using simple black and white lines. As the prints in this collection progress, KAWS moves closer towards Chum, meaning there is a stark contrast between this print and Running Chum I in which Chum’s entire body can be seen running across the composition.
The creation of Chum was inspired by the Michelin tyre company mascot, the Michelin Man, which was originally drawn by the 20th century French cartoonist, Marius Rossilon. KAWS adapts this recognisable mascot, adding his signature crossed out eyes and skull and crossbone head. KAWS’ origins as a street artist who frequently took to the streets of New York, armed with a spray can, shine through in this print and KAWS’ distinctive graphic style.