"I Love Lucy" original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25" x 19" unframed.

Lew Loves Lucy! New “Old Hollywood” Portrait by Fran Lew

Master American portrait artist, Fran Lew, has just completed a stunning, evocative portrait of two of old Hollywood’s most enduring stars, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Utilizing her flawless technical skills, Lew has captured the living, breathing embodiment of the spark and beauty of this dynamic husband-and-wife comedy team.

Using her special charcoal pencils and white pastel and working on tinted wove paper, Lew has brought her considerable talents to bear on this unique work of nostalgia. What secret is Lucy cautioning us to keep with her finger poised at her lips? The look of “uh-oh” on Desi’s face may give a clue to the ensuing comedic moment and with so many to choose from, it’s just a matter of memory to bring your laughter to life.

"I Love Lucy" original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25" x 19" unframed.

“I Love Lucy” original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25″ x 19″ unframed.

In Fran Lew’s own words:

Why I Love Lucy

“For decades, millions of “I Love Lucy” fans have fallen in love with the zany, hilarious comedy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. “I Love Lucy” is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine.

“I take pleasure in capturing and sharing the memories of people who we have all come to love and admire. To celebrate the upcoming 65th anniversary of “I Love Lucy”, I created a commemorative portrait of Lucy and Desi as an everlasting tribute to their glamour, comic genius, and contribution to American pop culture.”

For more information or to purchase this work, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant or online at www.ChuckJones.com.

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“Always Have a Plan B” Meet the Artist Fabio Napoleoni!

Santa Fe, NM:  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to welcome painter Fabio Napoleoni as they open his “Always Have a Plan B” solo exhibition in Santa Fe.  This is Napoleoni’s first exhibition and sale in Santa Fe. The Collector Preview is scheduled for Friday, August 12 from 6 to 8 PM at the gallery, 126 W. Water St. at Ortiz. Mr. Napoleoni will be drawing “live” at this event. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, from 1 to 6 PM with Napoleoni in attendance; he will be signing dedications at both events. These receptions are free and open to the public.

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“Always Have a Plan B” fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni, exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery.

Much of life’s loves and tribulations have influenced Fabio’s artwork but none more than the traumatic events that followed the birth of his second child.  His daughter, born with severe heart abnormalities, had to face several surgeries to correct issues that could have prevented her from having a future. His now iconic character, the tattered and stitched together Marcenivo, and his quest for eternal happiness and love, is one way he shows the resiliency of the human spirit. Through his art, he feels that he can repay a debt of gratitude for the life his daughter now enjoys.

Napoleoni, one of America’s rising young art stars is making his first appearance at the gallery.  “As a child and into my teen years, the characters created by Chuck Jones played a huge role in my creative thinking. Chuck was able to create unique characters that made you laugh and smile uncontrollably. I utilize a similar sensibility except instead of laughter, my characters tug at your heart strings and evoke deep emotions. The fact that my works hang on the same walls as those of Chuck Jones I consider a high point of my career.”

About the gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the plaza neighborhood of Old Santa Fe, is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of American popular culture. Included in the on-going display is art by not only its namesake, Chuck Jones, but also, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, Glen Tarnowski, Fran Lew, and Fabio Napoleoni. For more information, please call the gallery at 505-983-5999.

Mr. Napoleoni is available for interviews subject to his schedule. Images available upon request.

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Chuck Jones on the Move!

The World of Oil Tanking magazine, “Connections”, featured the Smithsonian exhibit “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” in their August 2016 issue.

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The magazine is published and distributed throughout the world and both the Minnesota Historical Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art exhibit dates were mentioned. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity provided photographs for the article along with the Smithsonian.

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This Just In! Comic Con a WOW!!!!!

Were you there? Did you see? OMG! Squeal!

Comic Con 2016 did not disappoint once again. The crowds, the sun, the heat, the cosplay, the “what was that?”, the stars of film and TV, the nights, all came together as it does in July each year. And the Chuck Jones Gallery on 5th Avenue was a nexus of activity for the pre-and-post-Convention Center activities of hundreds of collectors and fans of all things Pop culture. We celebrated with Girls Drawin’ Girls, Jimmy Mulligan, the “Star Wars” art trio of James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz; the heartwarming and charming Fabio Napoleoni, the inimitable Stan Lee, the dynamic William Shatner, the fabulous Nancy Cartwright, and last, but not least, we introduced artist Mike Bilz and his fascinating work to our collectors.

Here’s a just a quick photo sample of what happened Friday evening by photographer Stephen Russo:

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The staff of the Chuck Jones Gallery with Stan Lee!

Fans and collectors lined up to meet Stan Lee. Fans and collectors lined up to meet Stan Lee.

The cosplay!

The cosplay!

Fabio Napoleoni, center, with collectors.

Fabio Napoleoni, center, with collectors.

The end.

The end.

All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

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Featured at the Chuck Jones Gallery: Alex Ross, Original Works and Rare Editions

Throughout the run of Comic Con 2016, the Chuck Jones Gallery will feature the original work and rare editions of Comics master artist, Alex Ross.

Entertainment Weekly has said of his work, “Alex Ross brings to his work an unparalleled sense of the real. His heroes–both super and mortal–have weight; they exist in space, and that space is affected by them in ways never before seen on the page.”

"In the Light of Justice" fine art reproduction on canvas by Alex Ross.

“In the Light of Justice” fine art reproduction on canvas by Alex Ross.

Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Alex made his artistic debut at three when, according to his mother, he grabbed a piece of paper and drew the contents of a television commercial he’d seen moments before. By age 13 he was scripting and drawing original comic books. Ten years later? He was hired by Marvel Comics to illustrate Marvel’s central characters in the comic book event, Marvels (1994).

"Vampirella" original graphite drawing on vellum by Alex Ross.

“Vampirella” original graphite drawing on vellum by Alex Ross.

The “Mythology” series of fine art prints brings together the best loved comic characters in the world, brought to life by Ross, one of the most astonishing young artists working in the medium today.

"The Joker--Mythology" a fine art reproduction on canvas by Alex Ross.

“The Joker–Mythology” a fine art reproduction on canvas by Alex Ross.

This is but a small sampling of the incredible work produced by this prolific artist. “When we set out to celebrate Comic Con and our own 25th anniversary,” said Gallery Director, Michael Fiacco, “We immediately thought of the astonishing work of Alex Ross. It’s a pleasure to represent his immense talent during Comic Con 2016.”

The Chuck Jones Gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue in the heart of San Diego’s Gas Lamp Quarter. It’s directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and just a short block from the Convention Center. Literally ground zero for the Comic Con street scene.

"The Captain", 16" x 20" acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

Fabio Napoleoni at Chuck Jones Gallery, Comic Con 2016

American art star, Fabio Napoleoni, will be making a special appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego on Friday, July 22nd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Creator of the much-beloved Marcenivo, Fabio continues to delight and inspire with his simple tales of love and redemption. The gallery will be presenting an exclusive edition that pays homage to Chuck Jones, “Always Have a Plan B” featuring Marcenivo trying to negotiate a truce between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Contact the gallery for more details and to RSVP for the event: 619-294-9880.

Exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery, "Always Have a Plan B", fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

Exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery, “Always Have a Plan B”, fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

Fabio’s engaging perspective of what the world needs most, love, comes in the form of his charming alter ego, Marcenivo. Whether he’s sailing away, deep in a forest, riding a bicycle, boxing, or holding onto his favorite doll, Marcenivo’s goal is to bring love to the world. It may be in the form of a “Love Bomb” or it may be one of his friends that bears the message of hope and friendship.

Specifically for Comic Con and this reception for the artist, Napoleoni has paid homage to not only Chuck Jones, but also the galaxies of super heroes — Marcenivo in cosplay.

"The Captain", 16" x 20" acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

“The Captain”, 20″ x 16″ acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

"Supersonic Love" 11" x 7", graphite on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

“Supersonic Love” 11″ x 7″, graphite on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

These original works by the artist along with a selection of rare, sold-out limited edition fine art reproductions on canvas and paper, will be on exhibit and for sale at this reception. Please call 619-294-9880 to RSVP and for more details regarding available Napoleoni artwork.

 

"Fly and Defend" a fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

Mike Kungl “Star Wars” Art Featured at Chuck Jones Gallery, Comic Con 2016

Mike Kungl has continued to prove with his dynamic and Art Deco-inspired work, his place as an American Master Artist. Whether he’s interpreting Disney or Warner Bros. animation characters or has turned his inimitable talent to the magnificent Space Saga that is “Star Wars”, Kungl is guaranteed to bring you powerful, evocative, and thrilling works of art.

"BB-8 Astromech Droid" fine art edition on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

“BB-8 Astromech Droid” fine art edition on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

His most recent interpretations of the “Star Wars” saga will be on view and available for purchase at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during Comic Con 2016. The gallery, located in the heart of the Gas Lamp Quarter at 232 Fifth Avenue (across from the Hard Rock Hotel and just one short block from the Convention Center), will feature these and other works by this American master.

"Fly to Protect" fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

“Fly to Protect” fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

“I strive to produce work that I’m personally going to have fun designing and painting. Therefore when it’s complete my goal is having the audience be just as entertained looking at it as I was creating it.” – Mike Kungl

"Fly and Defend" a fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

“Fly and Defend” a fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

Redefining the classic Art Deco genre through the use of 21st century palettes and concepts places the art of Mike Kungl in a category all his own.  Exhibited internationally, this award-winning illustrator and fine artist brings a dynamic classicism and an exquisite sensibility to not only the Disney and Chuck Jones/Warner Bros. archive of animated characters and films, but as you can see, to the “Star Wars” story.

"First Order--Kylo Ren" a fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

“First Order–Kylo Ren” a fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

"Kessel Run" fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

“Kessel Run” fine art edition of 95 on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

 

"Hand Grenades and Horseshoes", fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

James C. Mulligan at the Chuck Jones Gallery — “May the Jones Be with You”

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce a reception for artist, actor, and singer, James C. Mulligan on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 7 PM. Mulligan, known for not only his outstanding mural work around the Southwest, but also for his beautiful interpretive art work for both Disney Studios and Warner Bros., will premier new paintings and fine art editions. This effervescent artist is always bubbling over with ideas and the joy of creating radiates from him like a bright star. You’ll not want to miss the opportunity to meet him. Premiering at this reception will be “Hand Grenades and Horse Shoes” a new fine art reproduction on canvas, hand-signed by the artist. He’ll also be signing the Chuck Jones Gallery official Comic Con 2016 commemorative poster “May the Jones Be with You”, created from one of his original paintings.

The Chuck Jones Gallery Comic Con 2016 Commemorative Poster, art by James C. Mulligan.

The Chuck Jones Gallery Comic Con 2016 Commemorative Poster, art by James C. Mulligan.

"Hand Grenades and Horseshoes", fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

“Hand Grenades and Horseshoes”, fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

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“Broomstick Bunny” original painting by James C. Mulligan, acrylic on board.

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"Meditation", original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

Star Wars Tribute with James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz @ Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego will be the site for a “Star Wars” Art Tribute on Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Our special guest artists will be James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz. RSVP required 619-294-9880.

James Coleman, known around the world as one of the pre-eminent Disney background artists, has, over the past several years, turned his eye to creating a rich and luxurious body of work that celebrates not only his work at Disney and his deep, abiding love for Hawaii, but also his fascination for the movies. His new interpretive “Star Wars” work brings together all of his loves and immense talent to bear on some of the most exquisite paintings and limited edition fine art prints of his career.

"Ewok Village, original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

“Ewok Village, original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

"Meditation", original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

“Meditation”, original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

Rodel Gonzalez is a rock star! No, it’s true, Rodel’s first career was as the lead singer for a rock band in his native Philippines. However, over the past few years, he’s turned his creative eye to painting. His interpretive work of the Disney Studio characters and “Star Wars” have become highly sought after by collectors. His innate talent as a narrative painter is one reason his work touches the hearts and minds of so many.

"Captain Phasma" original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

“Captain Phasma” original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

"Good vs. Evil" original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

“Good vs. Evil” original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

The young artist, Rob Kaz, charms with his whimsical story-telling abilities and vibrant palette of tropical colors. His wit and sharp intellect are apparent in his paintings, with their luxurious colors and dense shapes and forms. Although the shown “Star Wars” works are more monochromatic in palette, they still retain the fresh viewpoint of this young, up-and-coming fine artist.

"Hans Maneuver" original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

“Hans Maneuver” original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

"TR-8R" original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

“TR-8R” original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

Meet James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz at the Chuck Jones Gallery on Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, RSVP required: 619-294-9880. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gas Lamp Quarter, directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel, and one short block from the Convention Center.

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Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

Premiering the Fine Art of Nancy Cartwright, A Brief Q & A

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to have been selected as the premier location for the debut of the original art of celebrated and renowned voice actress, Nancy Cartwright, at this year’s Comic Con International in San Diego, California.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, in her art studio.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, in her art studio.

In an email exchange, Ms. Cartwright answered questions posed by the Chuck Jones Gallery. Here is a sampling of that conversation:

CJG: Tell us about the early years, growing up. What part did painting and drawing play in your childhood?

NC: I was always very creative as a child. I loved coloring and painting and doing arts and crafts. I really liked doodling and also working with clay. . .but I never really considered it for a career. Music played another part in my life and by the time I was 10, I decided to play the trumpet. I wasn’t allowed to be in both music and art–I had to pick one or the other. I chose music and eventually played French horn in the concert band, the marching band, and the orchestra.

CJG: What do you feel you communicate through your paintings?

NC: Fun, beauty, aesthetics, some thought-provoking messages.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

CJG: Are there any major artistic influences you’d like to cite?

NC: I’ve been in the animation industry for 35 years now and my art is a reflection and homage to this art form that has served and inspired me for so long.  Being a part of the longest running scripted show in the history of television [“The Simpsons”] has completely influenced my passion for this art form.  Reverse painting has been around for thousands of years where it was widely used for religious renderings.  Much later, painting on glass influenced Renaissance art. With the invention of celluloid [a kind of plastic] in 1889, the art of animation was born.  My good friend, Dave Tourjé, is a local artist who excels in reverse painting.  His work is permanently on display in his historical home in South Pasadena that was serendipitously owned by the late artist and educator, Nelbert Chouinard.  Nelbert ran an art school that was the hub of the training that Walt Disney presented to his more inexperienced animators back in the 20s and 30s. In fact, Disney personally drove the animators to the school in his Model A so they could learn about anatomy and fine art.  This was especially helpful since it was during the development of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”.

CJG: What is your favorite color?

NC: Coral.

"Fellini", original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

“Fellini”, original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

CJG: Why do you paint/draw?

NC: I like to create positive effects on others and this is one way to really surprise them with something they didn’t know I did!

CJG: Anything else you’d like to mention?

NC: Being invited by the Chuck Jones Gallery as a preliminary exhibition definitely needs mentioning.  I had the privilege of working with Mr. Jones on the last animation project he directed—Timberwolf.  It was for the internet and was released in 2000.  Having worked so closely with Chuck opened up a relationship with his family who owns and operates Chuck’s galleries.  I am completely thrilled and honored to be associated with one of the most-respected animation art collections in the world.

Original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

Original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

Nancy Cartwright will be the guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery as it premiers her paintings on Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. RSVP is required: 619-294-9880. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Ave., in the heart of San Diego’s Gas Lamp Quarter, directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel and just one short block from the Convention Center.