This signed lithograph from 1989 is a limited edition of 90 from Keith Haring’s Chocolate Buddha series. Chocolate Buddha 5 is a print that focuses on intertwined form and fluid pattern. This print shows a multitude of figures, interconnected and flowing into one another to create a pattern of amorphous bodies. Haring uses bold dark outlines in this print and loosely rendered blue lines to fill out the shapes.
Much like Haring’s Growing series, Chocolate Buddha 5 shows a number of figures in a complex interconnected system, to underline the idea that working together and forming community can be more powerful than working alone. Haring’s use of fluid, organic shapes against the gestural blue lines across the image create a print that is bursting with energy and vigour.
Chocolate Buddha 5 is typical of Haring’s later works that continued to use simplified forms but in far more complex and abstract compositions. There is a level of symmetry used in this print across the vertical axis that allows the viewer’s eye to fluidly follow the multitude of forms across the image surface. In this focus on pattern over realism with his use of fluid and gestural line, Haring creates a rhythmic composition that seemingly moves on the canvas.