WHATS IS That Cartoon Bear Art Around Chicago?
We call this category WHAT IS?
People are always asking WHAT IS THIS? WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
If you live in Chicago, I’m sure you have passed by a mural at some point that involves a bear eating pizza or wearing boxing gloves. If you haven’t, then you most likely never leave your neighborhood (and in that case you might as well live in LA). Regardless of where you reside or what you see in your ‘hood, we can all learn a little something from the Bear Champ today.
Chicago-based artist JC Riverais behind them. What I found the most fascinating about JC is that he’s not trying to hide his identity (unlike many street artists) as all of his work is commissioned. No illegal wall tagging for this guy!
Few images in Chicago’s street art scene are as instantly recognizable as JC Rivera’s “Bear Champ.” This enormous bright yellow bear appears in a variety of street murals throughout the city.
The bear seems cute and cuddly at first, but also projects a bit of a rugged, streetwise vibe — the perfect representation for life in Chicago. Rivera has been painting in and around Chicago for a decade. His work is most known for its bright, colorful and uncluttered look.
JC says, “The character is about the everyday struggle. Keep rolling with the punches. Fight for what you believe in.”