Monthly Archives: April 2014

What Artist Will You Discover at the 4th Annual Red Dot Auction?

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s spring fund-raiser, The Red Dot Auction, is to be held Friday, May 9th, from 7 to 10 PM at the Center located at South Coast Collection (SoCo), 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. Admission is $25.00 per person and open to the public. To buy your tickets online, go to or call 949-660-7791 x 20107.


Which artist submitted this painting?

This is the fourth annual Red Dot Auction, first conceived as a fund-raising opportunity for the Center in 2011. The Center, a 501(c)3 public charity, dedicated as it is to inspiring creativity in all people, but particularly in children, was founded in 1999 by animation legend and four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.


Any idea who created this one?

What differentiates The Red Dot Auction from other silent auctions is that all of the contributing artists have signed their artwork on the reverse. Consequently attendees at the event will not know who the artist is when bidding, they’ll only have their heart to follow. “We wanted to create a fun, engaging silent auction, and to further the suspense of not knowing which work belongs to which artist, each artist received an identical 12” square stretched canvas upon which to create their work of art,” noted Wayne Todd, President of the Council for Creativity, the volunteer arm of the Center.


Cowabunga, dude! I wish I knew who painted this original oil painting!

“The artists who are participating come from all levels of notoriety, skill, and accomplishment, from students to emerging to established artists; we reached out around the world hoping to capture the imagination and appreciation of these artists. We are thankful that they were willing to help us achieve our goal of promoting creativity by providing a nurturing environment where it may grow and blossom,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center.


You can only imagine who might have had the imagination to create this intricate (and funny) work of art. To know for sure, join us on May 9th!

Participating artists include Rob Minkoff, director of such critically acclaimed films as “The Lion King” and “Stuart Little”; Nick Park, Oscar-winning co-founder of Aardman Studios of “Wallace and Gromit” renown; “Dora the Explorer” producer and director, Jeff DeGrandis; Kelly Asbury, director of the box-office-giant animated film, “Gnomeo and Juliet”; Eric Goldberg, longtime Disney animator and director; Marian Jones, photographer, author, and Chuck Jones’s wife.


This is no *stinker*! Will you be the winning bidder of this original mixed media work on paper?

The Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in all disciplines, by the many, not just the few. This is an important goal, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to reinvigorating the creative spirit and we are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life, along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the basis of our programs.


This is not by _____ ______. But to find out who did capture this magical moment in Monument Valley, you’ll need to attend the Red Dot Auction on May 9th!

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.