Jason Kronenwald was raised in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Currently, he lives in Toronto and makes portraits out of chewed bubblegum called Gum Blondes. The first Gum Blonde was completed in 1996 (last image).

Each Gum Blonde is 100% chewed bubblegum on a plywood backing. No paint or dye is used. The colour is inherent to the gum—the mixing of colour takes place inside the mouth during chewing using an endless variety of companies. Kronenwald has a dedicated team of chewers and prefers the texture of Trident. However, he does not chew gum himself unless he must.

Website: http://www.gumblondes.com

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