Craig Kausen at Furry Feline Creatives Comic Con Booth!

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, photographed at the Huntsville Museum of Art during its presentation of the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibition, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”, January 2017.

Meet Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones, and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, who will be the special guest of Furry Feline Creatives at Comic Con International San Diego booth 5149 on Saturday, July 21 at 10 AM.

The creative force behind Furry Feline Creatives are Cheri and Alvin Ong. Huge fans of Chuck Jones, they’ll be premiering the “Chuck Jones Fan Club” t-shirt at their booth. Plus much, much more!

Join Craig and the Ongs later that day as they celebrate all things Chuck Jones at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, just one-half block north of the convention center and directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel from 7 to 10 PM.

MARVEL, STAR WARS, STREET ART & LOONEY TUNES UNIVERSES COLLIDE!

MARVEL, STAR WARS, STREET ART & LOONEY TUNES UNIVERSES COLLIDE!

       Graffiti Artists Sake, Krown One, Brisk One to Paint Live!

CHUCK JONES GALLERY—SAN DIEGO

COMIC CON INT’L 2018, JULY 19—22

The Chuck Jones Gallery will host receptions for these fine artists:

James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz, James C. Mulligan,

Fabio Napoleoni

Introducing Sake, Krown One, Brisk One

San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego announced today their line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2018, July 19-22. In addition to the artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their over four decades of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with special games and prizes on Saturday evening, July 21, from 7 to 10 PM. Be there or be square!

The Chuck Jones Gallery will host receptions for the following artists during Comic Con. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP is suggested for artist appearances at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego 92101, in the heart of the Gas Lamp. The gallery will be open 9 AM to 10 PM throughout the days of Comic Con.

“Watching the Experiment” fine art edition on canvas, 20″ x 16″ by Rob Kaz

Thursday, July 19 from 7 to 10 PM: A Star Wars tribute! Artists James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz, official artists of Star Wars art, will be the gallery’s special guests. New paintings and fine art editions depicting scenes and moments from the latest Star Wars episode, “Solo-A Star Wars Story” will premier. Painter James Coleman was a long-time animation background specialist for Walt Disney Studios. Since leaving “Hollywood”, he has toured the world with his original paintings and prints. Gonzalez, founder and lead singer of the rock band, Side A, found his artistic calling just a few years ago, but his luminous paintings and lush brushwork have made him an emerging artist of note. Rob Kaz, also an emerging artist, whose rich palette and unique sensitivity has earned him legions of fans. All three artists will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

Friday, July 20 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM: Meet Disney actor, Ryan Ochoa, and star of the upcoming feature film, “The Samuel Project.” A segment of the film was shot at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego. The comedic drama, “The Samuel Project,” is about a teenager (Ryan Ochoa) who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior year animated art project. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the teen discovers that his grandpa, a dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. After hesitating, Samuel agrees to tell his story for the project—a story he hasn’t told in over 75 years.

“Dr. Strange” acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 16″, by James C. Mulligan

Friday, July 20 from 3 to 6 PM:  Marvel Comics with Special Guest Artist James C. Mulligan: Mulligan, artist for Marvel, Disney, and Warner Bros will unveil his most recent original work and limited editions featuring all your favorite characters, such as Deadpool and Dr. Strange! Over the past several years, this multi-talented artist-singer-actor has created work that has touched the hearts and minds of collectors around the country and the world. His boyish charm and innate talent have endeared him to legions. The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.Join us this afternoon and fall under his super powers!

“Nap Time” a fine art edition on canvas, 12″ x 16″, by Fabio Napoleoni., edition limited to 30 signed and numbered examples.

Friday, July 20 from 7 to 10 PM: American Art Star, Fabio Napoleoni, will be on hand as we premier his new paintings and fine art editions on paper and canvas. Creator of the much-beloved Marcenivo, Fabio continues to delight and inspire with his simple tales of love and redemption. Ours exclusively, “Nap Time”, a fine art reproduction on canvas featuring Marcenivo and the endearing Looney Tunes characters created by Chuck Jones, Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot, will premiere at the reception. The artist will make dedications purchased for this event.

Wile E. Coyote as interpreted by graffiti artist, Sake.

Saturday, July 21 from 4 to 7 PM:  Local Graffiti and Street Artists, Sake, Krown One, and Brisk One will bring their dynamic energy and urban attitude to interpreting the classic Looney Tunes characters created by Chuck Jones. Sake, a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work with Fox Studios, and Brisk One are both longtime San Diegans and their unique work with aerosol paint and their street aesthetic have inspired and influenced street artists around the globe.  Krown One is known locally for his work with Writerz Blok in San Diego. Painting live in the gallery, they’ll each be finishing a coordinated triptych work (three panels to form a whole.) Dawg, it’s going to be a dope experience.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, photographed at the Huntsville Museum of Art during its presentation of the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibition, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”, January 2017.

Saturday, July 21 from 7 to 10 PM: Meet Chuck Jones’s grandson, Craig Kausen, and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, as he unveils work from the Chuck Jones archive and shares stories about growing up with Chuck Jones. Plus, play along as we celebrate our 40th anniversary bringing the best art of American POP Culture to you! Games! Prizes! Fun for the whole family!

Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. Located directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and a half block north of the Convention Center.

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated 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 Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when it closes at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

Chuck Jones Gallery Will Pop-up at Anaheim GardenWalk

A Pop-up Chuck Jones Gallery will open at the Anaheim GardenWalk on Monday, July 16th! Located around the corner from the Anaheim Convention Center and across the street from Disneyland, the Anaheim GardenWalk is an Orange County-visitor must-see. There is plenty of parking–your first hour is FREE–and with purchase, receive two additional hours free as well.

Open from noon to 9 PM (tentative) everyday, the Chuck Jones Gallery at the Anaheim GardenWalk across from McCormick & Schmicks in Space 132 will be a must-see for visitors and collectors alike. Watch for our August show schedule in next month’s newsletter. The exhibition will include works from Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Tom Everhart, Disney Studios, DC Comics, Star Wars, and Marvel Comics,as well as gallery artists such as Fran Lew, Mike Kungl, Daniel Killen, Bob Elias, and Dan Bowden.

To park, entrances are at 400 West Disney Way or 321 West Katella Avenue. The Katella Avenue entrance is closer to the gallery. (Katella Avenue entrance shown in photo above. Click either map to go to Anaheim GardenWalk website.)

 

Introducing Master Artist Michael Summers

A CONTEMPORARY SURREALIST AND COLORIST

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce that we are now representing the original and limited edition work of California Contemporary Surrealist and Colorist, master artist, Michael Summers. This young artist’s star is on the rise with representation around the globe. We are delighted to bring his work to our collectors.

The paintings of Michael Summers take us into a crisp and colorful world, alive with nostalgia, splendor, and whimsy. Within each vibrant scene are playful reminders that our everyday lives are filled with wonder, beauty, and magic, if only we allow our eyes to see it.

Michael Summers painting plein air at a recent exhibit of his work in southern California.

His public art appears in locales around the country, but his most notable image is located in Carlsbad, California. “Catnap Mural” is a prime example of the artist’s innate sense of color combined with his surrealist roots. Colorful and harmonious, it’s a world you’d like to walk into with its joyful color palette raining down on you.

Michael Summers and studio assistant during the creation of “Catnap Mural” at the Witch Creek Winery, at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Grand Avenue in downtown Carlsbad, California.

“Catnap Mural” a fine art giclee on canvas, signed and numbered by the artist, 40″ x 32″, edition of 150.
Call for pricing and availability

He uses his Pop Surrealist style as a tool to reflect his inner vision: creating the impossible and more importantly, making the impossible seem plausible. The artist creates imaginary characters – often alluding to mythical archetypes – in acrylic paint with a keen hyper-attentiveness. His unorthodox use of intense saturation and arbitrary, multi-chromatic hues encourages the viewer to look a little closer, a little longer. Visit ChuckJonesCatalog.comto view the collection.

“Sir Lance-a-Bot”, shown above, is a new fine art giclee, edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist,
measuring 14″ x 11″, that features his iconic Robot figure astride a most fanciful unicorn with a rainbow of
happiness pouring down around them. Call for pre-publication pricing and availability.

Meet the Artist! Join Us as We Welcome Master Artist
Michael Summers
Exhibition and Sale
Saturday, April 21
5 to 9 PM

Chuck Jones Gallery | 232 Fifth Avenue | San Diego
Light refreshments to be served
RSVP 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com

Rabbitville Hops into the Chuck Jones Gallery

The Rabbitville Public Art Program of the Gaslamp Quarter in  downtown San Diego will close its 150th anniversary celebration on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 9 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue.

Warner Bros. sponsored painted rabbit, part of the Rabbitville Public Art program of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Rabbits from the art program will be on display including the Warner Bros. rabbit. Each sponsor of one of the 15 rabbits painted by local San Diego artists has contributed $10,000 to the Gaslamp Quarter’s special lighting project. There are five rabbits left for sponsorship.

Contact Erin Liddell of the Gaslamp Quarter for more details regarding sponsorship, Erin@Gaslamp.org. RSVP for the evening celebration at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

The “Bubble Bath” Suite by Tom Everhart

Tom Everhart in his studio working on the original “Bubble Bath” paintings

The “Bubble Bath” Suite by Tom Everhart has been released. Each image is on paper and measures 24” x 45” Image: 20″ x 41″; Medium: Mixed media print on deckled edge paper; Edition 125. For more details, contact your Chuck Jones Gallery Art Consultant. San Diego 619-294-9880 | Orange County 949-274-4834 | Santa Fe 505-983-5999

“It seems very much like the world is one big round bubble bath comprised of an endless amount of smaller bubbles that we each all live in. Within these bubbles, a meaningful expression through which the personality of the person and the broad outlook of a group are visibly similar, communicating and fixing certain values of religious, social, and moral life.

“This sanctuary of one’s bubble provides a safe place that allows independent thinking and dreaming. I used it as an inspiration for a body of paintings in the early 1990’s. They were some of the first work, a series of doghouses. This beautiful drawing of a dog house, Snoopy’s sanctuary, allowed Sparky’s character to freely transform himself into such things as a flying ace, a novelist, or just Joe Cool.

“Then in early 2013, in the Tahiti studio, another group of sanctuary inspired doghouse paintings were produced. This group included Snoopy on the rooftop. The work was meant to represent the feeling of freedom experienced while working in the bubble of the studio in Taha’a.

‘Later in 2013, a large-scale black and white canvas of the doghouse, as well with Snoopy on the roof, was produced and titled, My Crib. The title was appropriated from the hip-hop music played in the Venice studio during the painting’s construction.

‘The hip hop title combined with the familiar Schulz imagery is a reminder, to the viewer, of how essential it was, to the bubble that Sparky and I shared, that the work was to be about something different, and a new way of seeing what he did. The authenticity, within that bubble, allowed me to understand that it’s not what people see that is art. Art is the invisible gap.

“So, making the invisible, visible, would inspire seeing other bubbles in this world through the Bubble Bath series.

“The Bubble Bath series, use the appropriation of Sparky’s characters as the visual object matter, and the titles, to camouflage the certain representations of some other bubbles.

The “Bubble Bath” Suite by Tom Everhart

“For example, the character of Snoopy, with the title Dogg Pound Gangsta Bubble Bath, makes reference to the rap music within the bubble of my studio. Snoopy’s sister Belle, in Uptown Art Lady Bubble Bath, referring to new art collectors in the early 1980’s, and Snoopy’s brother Spike, in Swiss Herb Bubble Bath, referring to my circle of friends.” –Tom Everhart

Available online at: ChuckJones.com

Tommy “Road Runner” Martin Celebrates 50 Years at the Five Crowns

Longtime Corona del Mar resident, Tommy “Road Runner” Martin, celebrated his 50th anniversary at the famed Five Crowns restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar this past month.

Tommy Martin, far right, with Marian and Chuck Jones at the Five Crowns restaurant in Corona del Mar.

Tommy met Chuck Jones in 1980 and he describes his relationship with Jones in an article in a recent Los Angeles Times article.

“In 1980, he met his best friend, Chuck Jones, the famed animator who drew the Road Runner character and so many others for Warner Bros.

“Before Martin became a regular runner, he was an avid tennis player who darted around the court. His friends nicknamed him “Road Runner” for his speed.

“One night, Jones, who lived in Cameo Shores with his wife and daughter, was dining at Five Crowns. Jones asked for something to draw on and sketched the Road Runner with a tennis racket and signed it.

“Throughout their decades of friendship, Martin considered Jones a father figure. Martin even joined the Jones family when the animator received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Each Father’s Day, Martin and Jones’ daughter celebrate the life of the cartoonist, who died in 2002. Martin continues to wear a “Looney Tunes” tie and pin.

“What he gave from his heart was so much more important,” Martin says. “Meeting Chuck Jones and gaining employment at Five Crowns are the biggest moments of of my life.”

Read the full article clicking on this sentence.

VALENTINI! O, HOW DO I LOVE THEE?

MARTINIS + ART-MAKING

…let me count the ways…

Gaze into the eyes of your loved one and/or your best friend as you paint their portrait or express the colors of your heart through brushstrokes.

DELICIOUS ARTISANAL MARTINIS + APPETIZERS 

My love is like a red, red rose.

…will be served as we paint 12″ square canvas to classical music. Bring your plus one and come EXERCISE YOUR GENIUS with usand enjoy a creative, fun, and entertaining evening!

Valentini 2017 in full bloom!

VALENTINI is scheduled for Sunday, February 11 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Center. $75 per couple or $130 for two couples includes two martinis per person. Dining options available at South Coast Collection (SoCo). Buy your tickets here: ChuckJonesCenter! Proceeds from ticket and raffle sales benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity.

 

Artist Fran Lew Honored, “Johnny” Now Part of Federal Reserve Board Art Collection

“THE WILD ONE” FINDS A HOME at

FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD ART COLLECTION 

Master American Portrait Artist Fran Lew Honored

Costa Mesa, Ca: Master American portrait artist, Fran Lew, known worldwide for her sensitive portrayals of political leaders, heads of state, business tycoons, and everyday people, has been honored by the Federal Reserve Board Art Collection by including one of her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” portraits in their permanent collection.

“Johnny”, a portrait of Marlon Brando as the sensitive and brooding rebel, Johnny Strabler, in the iconic 1953 movie, “The Wild One” is the latest addition to the FRB Art Collection. Lew will join such artists as painters Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, and photographer, Arnold Newman. “Johnny” was completed by Lew in her signature media, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper.

“Johnny”, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, by Fran Lew

“I am honored and thrilled to be in the impeccable company of the artistic heroes whose art I’ve admired. I am proud that my art is part of this important collection, and it will be viewed by the American public,” said Lew.

The Federal Reserve Board’s Fine Arts Program was established in 1975 by former Chairman Arthur F. Burns in response to a White House directive encouraging federal partnership with the arts. In a 1971 letter from the White House, Richard Nixon wrote, “It is my urgent desire that the growing partnership between Government and the arts continue to be developed to the benefit of both and more particularly to the benefit of the people of America.” Chairman Burns saw this as an opportunity to both enhance the working environment at the Board and to provide its visitors with a memorable visual experience. He created the Fine Arts Program to collect and care for artwork and to organize exhibitions for display in the historic Marriner S. Eccles building. The collection is comprised of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography.

Represented by the Chuck Jones Gallery, Fran Lew is an American portrait artist whose work spans three decades of American life. Originally represented by Grand Central Gallery, founded by the renowned Robert Henri and John Singer Sargent, Lew now resides in Florida, where she is currently working on her series of celebrity portraits, “The Stars of Hollywood Boulevard”. Her work is in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Cornell Museum, Sherwin Miller Museum, the State of Israel Art Collection, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.