A Still Animated Life

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present a new artist, Daniel Killen, to our collection. A local Southern Californian, Killen has worked in animation at Warner Bros. and DreamWorks on such features as “Space Jam,” “The Iron Giant,” and “Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron.” He’s recently created works for the gallery based on the Warner Bros. Classic Films, “The Wizard of Oz” and “A Christmas Story.”

Artist Daniel Killen

Artist Daniel Killen

Today, we’re releasing his first edition that pays homage to the legacy of Chuck Jones, “A Still Animated Life.” This fine art reproduction on canvas measures 18″ x 24″ unframed and has been created in an edition of 40 examples with 15 hand-embellished Artist Proofs. Pre-publication pricing of only $395.00 unframed for a limited time. This image takes a unconventional look at the cartoon characters made famous by Chuck Jones. Look closely to find your favorites cavorting on the picture plane. (Hint: They’re just a “shadow” of their former selves.)

 

 

Working in both traditional media and digital, Killen’s work reflects his consummate understanding of character and design. This, coupled with his droll wit and sly look at the predicaments and delights of daily life, make him an artist to watch.

 

At work on "A Still Animated Life"

At work on “A Still Animated Life”

 

Funny Pictures: The Art of Cartooning

A Retrospective Exhibition of Original Cartoon Art by Brothers Eric & Bill Teitelbaum

Single Panel Cartoons from the Pink Panther, the New Yorker, Bottomliners to Be Featured

Original art by Eric & Bill Teitelbaum for the Pink Panther Sunday comic strip.

Original art by Eric & Bill Teitelbaum for the Pink Panther Sunday comic strip.

Santa Fe, NM: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located on Santa Fe’s historic Palace Avenue, announced today that Eric & Bill Teitelbaum will be their special guests at the opening of a retrospective exhibition of the duo’s original single panel cartoons on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibit of original comic art drawings by acclaimed cartoonist brothers Eric and Bill Teitelbaum –including examples from facets of their diverse career, featuring over 90 preparatory drawings, sketches, and original comic panels including the Pink Panther Comic Strip,The New Yorker, and the syndicated business cartoon, Bottomliners. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 135 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe. 

“The Chuck Jones Gallery is delighted to exhibit this collection of cartoons by the Teitelbaum brothers,” said gallery director, Toshi Sanchez, “It brilliantly showcases their cultural commentary in their drawings for The New Yorker, business satire of Bottomliners, and the visual humor of the iconic Pink Panther now celebrating its 50th anniversary. We want people to see how a variety of artistic styles, strategies, and techniques offer a glimpse of how leading comic artists can take rough ideas and turn them into polished art, bringing laughter into the lives of millions of viewers.”

Original art for "Bottomliners" by Eric & BIll Teitelbaum, mixed media on paper.

Original art for “Bottomliners” by Eric & BIll Teitelbaum, mixed media on paper.

Eric and Bill Teitelbaum were raised in Palm Springs, California, and from an early age showed signs of the talent and dedication to art that would propel them into becoming two of today’s leading artists in this cartoon genre. With encouragement from their father—a lawyer and aspiring comedy writer—the brothers soon rubbed elbows and developed projects with such luminaries as “Lil Abner” creator Al Capp,  “No Respect” comic Rodney Dangerfield, and television producer Aaron Spelling. Their original drawings now adorn the walls of such media personalities as Doctor Laura, Maury Povich, Pat Sajak, super-entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens and the late publisher, Malcolm Forbes, Jr.

The Teitelbaum Brothers are in Santa Fe the week prior to the opening night reception leading three-day cartooning and art workshop camps at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue. The workshops are: “Funny Pictures, Cartooning for Kids” and “Fine Art for Kids,” both of which are appropriate for ages 9 to 16 plus they’ll lead an adult class, “Cartooning for Artists and Teachers.” Eric and Bill bring their considerable talent, passion, and expertise to bear in these exciting and fun programs. You’ll draw, you’ll laugh, and you’ll leave knowing more than when you arrived. To reserve your space at these special workshops, please contact Santa Fe Community College at 505-428-1270 or for additional information, call 505-428-1676.

Bill, left, and his brother, Eric, with pink friend.

Bill, left, and his brother, Eric, with pink friend.

Palate and Palettes Returns March 13 @ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Get your palate and palettes ready! Bring your own wine to enjoy while spending the evening as an artist. This is perfect for you to come with a sweetheart, loved one, neighbor or to have a fun evening with a group of friends. We’ll provide the canvases and paints so you can explore your creativity and experiment with new colors and brush-strokes.

The Center's teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, leads Palate and Palettes participants.

The Center’s teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, leads Palate and Palettes participants.

March 13 from 7 to 9 PM @ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa 92626. Click here to pre-register. This week’s topic: Sangria and Sceneries!

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Take Two! PEANUTS Producer Lee Mendelson Honored Guest at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

PEANUTS Executive Producer, Lee Mendelson, Special Guest at PEANUTS™ Art Exhibition

San Diego, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the center of the historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today that Lee Mendelson, executive producer of many of the beloved PEANUTS ™ animated television specials, will be their special guest, Saturday, March 15 from 6 to 8:30 PM, at the opening night reception for an exhibit of original production art from the classic PEANUTS ™ films. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs suggested at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Mendelson’s career began in San Francisco at television station KPIX where he created public service announcements. His first production, a documentary on the baseball legend, Willie Mays, lead to his meeting Charles Schulz. The resulting documentary, Charlie Brown & Charles Schulz premiered in 1965. When Mendelson was approached by Coca Cola about producing a Christmas television special, he naturally thought of his friend, Schulz. A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on December 9, 1965 and began a 30 year-long relationship between the two.

Over 50 original works of animation art will be on display and for sale at the gallery through April 7th, many of them signed by Bill Melendez, the director of all of the PEANUTS™ specials up until his death in 2008.  Included in this exhibit will be “Get ‘Em Next Time” a three-panel fine art reproduction on paper of original layout watercolors by Bill Melendez; Mr. Mendelson will be signing this edition. As a special addition to the exhibit of PEANUTS works, art from other endelson/Melendez productions including the “Babar” and “Betty Boop” cartoons will be on view and for sale. Dedications are available, contact the gallery for details.

The exhibition will introduce “Triple Play” a limited edition fine art reproduction on paper, hand-signed by Lee Mendelson. See image below.

“We are thrilled to be able to exhibit these historic works of art,” said Kate Bowerman, the gallery’s assistant director, “each cel represents an actual moment of time, almost as if you were able to capture the character’s heartbeat in a painting. To evoke those special memories is wonderful.”

The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Mike Peraza, Eric Goldberg, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com. Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Mr. Mendelson is available for interviews before the event. To arrange an interview or request images, contact Erin Liddell at 619-984-9880 or Erin@ChuckJones.com.

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“Triple Play!”, a signed limited edition fine art reproduction on paper. Created from three hand-painted color-key panels; the concept art for scenes 57, 65A & 67 in the 1969 Academy Award-nominated animated film, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. Lee Mendelson, longtime producer of the Peanuts films, has endorsed this art with his signature.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Part 2

We’re happy to announce two new additions to our artist door at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa. Artists Casey Leonard, she of the beautiful charcoal work, and Jeff DeGrandis, producer, director at DreamWorks added their respective signatures.

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Casey Leonard

Jeff DeGrandis

Jeff DeGrandis

View other artists signing the door here. Jeff DeGrandis photo by Stephen Russo.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered! Artists Make Their Mark at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Last night at a dinner for the entire staff of the Chuck Jones Gallery, it’s parent company, Linda Jones Enterprises, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, several artists represented by LJE and the Gallery were asked to sign the 10′ x 8′ pivot door that separates the gallery from its offices.

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But first, there was rope-jumping (allegedly) with artist Jimmy Mulligan.

Chris Scardino, the Center's resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Chris Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

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Erin Liddell, left, with New Yorker cartoonist Eric Teitelbaum and his wife Amy.

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana.  (You do know how to whistle, don't you?)

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana. (You do know how to whistle, don’t you?)

There was food from El Pollo Norteno--yummy!

There was food from El Pollo Norteno–yummy!

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Glen Tarnowski adds his "Glen Tarnowski" to the door.

Glen Tarnowski adds his “Glen Tarnowski” to the door.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think 'mosaic' or 'tile' mean), boxes his signature.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think ‘mosaic’ or ’tile’ mean), boxes his signature.

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

The evening ended with a dart round robin (yours truly, with partner Dana Kungl, made it to the semi-finals!). Woo Hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Marvin Martian, Batman!

The Tempe Center for the Arts is hosting a super exhibit: American POP: Comic Books to Science Fiction and Beyond, now through May 30, 2014. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity loaned a spacecraft full of Marvin Martian artwork by Chuck Jones for the exhibit. This great write-up in the Wrangler News gives you a good idea of how much you’d have if you were there! For more information, visit Tempe Center for the Arts.

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Chuck Jones: Drawn from the Far Side Exhibition to Open at Bowers Museum in April

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California announced today that the exhibit, Chuck Jones: Drawn from the Far Side, will open on Saturday, April 26 and close August 3, 2014.

Celebrated as one of the greatest directors from the “golden age” of animation, Chuck Jones worked in the field some seventy years until his death at eighty‐nine in 2002. His passion for drawing was both work and full time hobby. He drew for a living, and he drew for pleasure and challenge.

This exhibit contains original drawings, most never publicly displayed, including a section of 50 so‐called “Doodles,” perhaps best described as coming from one artist’s very far side. The majority of drawings are from the private collection of Jones’ widow, Marian. In collaboration with the non-profit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. For more information, please visit Bowers.org.

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A Few Highly Motivated People Walked Into a Not-for-Profit and…

It’s no joke that the Center put out a request recently for new volunteers to assist the organization in its growth goals for 2014 and beyond. This past Tuesday evening, sixteen people answered the call for six defined areas: office administration, marketing, computer support, event support, program artist, and community ambassador. A heartfelt “Thank You!” to all who made the effort and joined us for this important meeting. You inspire us!

From left: Alan and Seansay Clayton with Council president Wayne Todd.

From left: Alan and Seansay Clayton with Council president Wayne Todd.

Anne and Joel Tanner (partner at GigaSavvy) joined the center and offered their social media marketing skills.

Anne and Joel Tanner (principal and co-founder of GigaSavvy) joined the evening’s program and offered their social media marketing skills.

Tracy Tanner (left), former Council president and now Board member for the public charity, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, with Lisa Ciminella.

Tracy Tanner (left), former Council president and now Board member for the public charity, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, with Lisa Ciminella.

Artist Doug Lothers (left), who volunteers his time and talents at a co-sponsored event at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, sits with Council member and collector, Richard Alcazar.

Artist Doug Lothers (left), who volunteers his time and talents at a co-sponsored event at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, sits with Council member and collector, Richard Alcazar.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, makes a brief introduction to the evening's presentation.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, makes a brief introduction to the evening’s presentation.

Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity presented the vision and mission of the Center to the prospective volunteers.

Craig Kausen, Chuck’s grandson and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity presented the vision and mission of the Center to the prospective volunteers.

Board members Dave Lowenstein (left) and Steve Smith both bring their considerable business experience to the benefit of the Center and its goals.

Board members Dave Lowenstein (left) and Steve Smith both bring their considerable business experience to the benefit of the Center and its goals.

Craig talked about "Yes" sessions and how easily yes can be destroyed by no, even a no delivered by ourselves to one of our own yeses.

Craig talked about “Yes” sessions and how easily yes can be destroyed by no, even a no delivered by ourselves to one of our own yeses.

Linda Krall, left, with Isaiah Alfaro, artist. Linda is the Council's veep (not in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-way) and gave a moving testimony about the power of creativity and the Center helps inspire the innate creative genius in all people, but especially children.

Linda Krall, left, with Isaiah Alfaro, artist. Linda is the Council’s veep (not in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-way) and gave a moving testimony about the power of creativity and how the Center helps inspire the innate creative genius in all people, but especially children.

Susan Clemens, left, prospective volunteer with Debra Franzi, a long-time supporter of the programs of the Center.

Susan Clemens, left, prospective volunteer with Debra Franzi, a long-time supporter of the programs of the Center.

Sean Rohani, prospective volunteer, won one of two raffles this evening,  a wool scarf knitted by Linda Jones Clough!

Sean Rohani, prospective volunteer, won one of two raffles this evening, a wool scarf knitted by Linda Jones Clough!

Darcia Dexter, also a prospective volunteer, won a limited edition hand-painted etching in the final raffle draw of the evening.

Darcia Dexter, also a prospective volunteer, won a limited edition hand-painted etching in the final raffle draw of the evening.

Craig Kausen, left, with Martha Flor, collector and supporter of the Center alongside Robert Patrick, a council volunteer.

Craig Kausen, left, with Martha Flor, collector and supporter of the Center alongside Robert Patrick, a council volunteer.

From left, council members Rina Jacobson, Juls Aspinall, and Pasquale Ferazzoli.

From left, council members Rina Jacobson, Juls Aspinall, and Pasquale Ferazzoli.

All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Coming Soon: Artist Casey Leonard

One of the greatest pleasures of Chuck Redux’s job is working with the artists represented by the Chuck Jones Gallery. Today was no exception when portraitist Casey Leonard stopped by with two new works she’d just completed. She kindly signed them before they were whisked away by the registrar. She’s currently working on portraits — in charcoal — of the main characters from “The Wizard of Oz” (you do know it turns 75 this year, don’t you?)

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Casey’s been an artist all her life; growing up in the northern California foothills, she was recognized as an aspiring talent, urged by her mentors, family, and friends to pursue portraiture as a profession.

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But Casey heard the siren call of the theater and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theater arts–which is still a passion. But the art fire burns bright and when a friend of hers, mentioned not too long ago in this very blog, Jimmy Mulligan, introduced her to us, we were delighted and intrigued by her work.

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It won’t surprise you to know that Casey’s a big fan of The Beatles and Dr. Who. Here she is with the love of her life, Broadway star and co-creator of “Rain”, Steve Landes, who plays John Lennon in the aforementioned play. If it’s ever playing in your community, be sure to go and see it!

In the meantime, look for the work of Casey Leonard, coming soon to a Chuck Jones Gallery near you.