Contemporary Print Market Report
KAWS: Running Chum - Signed Print

Running Chum
Signed Print

KAWS

£25,000-£35,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 2003
Signed Print Edition of 36

Critical Review

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.

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