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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.

What Will Your Photobomb Be?

This is a big month for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!

Along with our participation in this year’s Festival of Children—be sure to stop by on Saturday, September 9 between noon and 4 PM at the Carousel in South Coast Plaza—we’ll have a fun, easy creative activity in progress—we have a great opportunity to win a $50,000 grant from Festival of Children Foundation by participating in their NCAM Photobomb Challenge. But we need your help!

During September, you can upload your favorite photobomb photo or video to indi.com/2017ncamchallenge and select the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. If we are the first charity to win an “Indi Buzz” score of 500,000 we will win the $50,000 grant to spread more CREATIVITY to the children who need it most.

SPREAD THE WORD! This is where you can help:

  1. Upload your favorite photobomb to indi.com/2017ncamchallenge and select Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
  2. Create “Indi Buzz” around your photo or video by sharing on your social media. The more likes, comments, reposts, etc., the more the score will GROW!
  3. Want to get extra CREATIVE? Use the Looney Tunes characters and/or backgrounds shown below in this blog post to enhance your photobomb! Remember to include © Warner Bros. in your photo or video bomb if you do use these images.

You can share as many photobombs as you want. Use #NCAMCHALLENGE when sharing to stay connected.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this great opportunity to help the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity win $50,000 by exercising your genius! Thank you for helping us make a better, more productive and creative world.

You’ll See Things — Chuck Jones Gallery at Palm Springs Comic Con!

“I’ve Seen Things” and so will you at this weekend’s Palm Springs Comic Con! Visit our very own Michael and Geoff at booth 212 for the latest and best in the Art of American POP Culture! Whether you’re cosplaying or not, you’ll want to make the Chuck Jones Gallery booth your first stop! Art shown, “I’ve Seen Things” by John Alvin, canvas edition, on view and for sale at booth 212 this weekend.

“I’ve Seen Things”, a fine art reproduction on canvas by John Alvin.

Chuck Jones Gallery at Palm Springs Comic Con!

The Chuck Jones Gallery will have a booth at the Palm Springs Comic Con from Friday, August 25 through Sunday,  August 27. Comic Con Palm Springs will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 Avenida Caballeros in Palm Springs. Tickets for Palm Springs Comic Con are available HERE.

The Chuck Jones Gallery will bring its roster of amazing master artists to the Palm Springs Comic Con. View works by four-time Academy Award-recipient and creative genius, Chuck Jones, as well as work from Mike Kungl, James Coleman, Rob Kaz, Rodel Gonzalez, and Fabio Napoleoni. Works will focus on Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, Star Wars, and other super hero work, including from the master himself, Alex Ross!

Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County Moves to OC Mix

Chuck Jones Gallery Opens in The OC Mix

Location to Focus on Fine Art, Gifts, and Custom Framing

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 26th year in Orange County announced today that they will open a location inside The OC Mix, Orange County’s destination for inspiration, design, and award-winning restaurants at South Coast Collection (SoCo) Friday, August 4 at 11 AM. Grand opening solo artist exhibition plans are in the works!

The Chuck Jones Gallery, founded by four-time Academy Award recipient, animation director, creator and creative genius Chuck Jones, and his daughter, Linda Jones Clough, in Corona del Mar in 1991, has a long-standing reputation of being “the” gallery for the art of American Pop Culture, not only here in Orange County, but also around the globe.

With two other locations, one in San Diego’s historic Gas Lamp Quarter, and the other in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s iconic Plaza district, the gallery has long been known for its focus on finding the art people love to collect and helping them place it in their homes and offices.

In addition to the art of Chuck Jones, artists represented include such diverse talents as Los Angeles-based brothers Shelby & Sandy; the iconic Dr. Seuss; Tom Everhart, known for his interpretations of the remarkable Peanuts characters created by Charles Schulz; Orange County’s master of contemporary Art Deco, Mike Kungl; master portrait artist, Fran Lew as well as Bob Elias, Daniel Killen, and Dan Bowden. Besides its fine art collections, the gallery carries Looney Tunes-inspired gifts and offers archival framing for your own treasured works of art. Plus, the Chuck Jones Gallery will host small community and corporate events.

“The Chuck Jones Gallery is a family-owned business and everyone, from our art consultants to our back-of-the-house staff share in that closeness,” said Craig Kausen, president of Linda Jones Enterprises, the owner of the gallery, and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “It’s important that everyone who walks through our doors feels like they’ve come home. Our gallery walls are full of good memories, laughter, a few bittersweet moments, and much happiness, just as your home is. The OC Mix is the perfect venue for our newest location.”

The Chuck Jones Gallery is located at 3313 Hyland Avenue, Suite A15, Costa Mesa. 949-274-4834 or CostaMesa@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM and Sundays 11 AM to 7 PM.

Installation of the collection is underway at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County at their new location in the OC Mix, part of the trend-setting South Coast Collection (SoCo).

Comic Con 2017 Calendar of Events at the Chuck Jones Gallery

MARVEL, STAR WARS, & LOONEY TUNES UNIVERSES COLLIDE!

 It’s an Inter-Galactic Art Exhibit of Superhero Proportions!

CHUCK JONES GALLERY—SAN DIEGO | COMIC CON INT’L 2017, JULY 19—23

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

James Coleman | Rodel Gonzalez |  Rob Kaz |  Mike Kungl | James C. Mulligan

and Fabio Napoleoni 

San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, announced today their line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2017, July 19-23. In addition to the artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their four decades of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with special games, prizes, and raffles on Thursday evening, July 20, 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 888-294-9880 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.

Marvel Comics with Special Guest Artist James C. Mulligan: Wednesday, July 19, from 7 to 10 PM, Mulligan, artist for Marvel, Disney, and Warner Bros will unveil his most recent original work and limited editions featuring all your favorite characters! 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. His boyish charm and innate talent have endeared him to legions. Join us this evening and fall under his super powers!

“Ironman” watercolor by James C. Mulligan

Thursday, July 21 from 7 to 10 PM: Meet Chuck Jones’s grandson, Craig Kausen, and 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!

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Smithsonian exhibition, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”, 2016.

Plus! an exhibition of the latest artwork from Pixar! 
“Chuck Jones is alive and well at Pixar every day,” said John Lasseter. Pixar studio has long credited Chuck Jones as an important influence in their work. Join us this evening as we present an exhibition of work from such Pixar artists as Pete Doctor, Bob Pauley, Tia Kratter, Randy Barrett, and Ralph Eggleston, plus others!

“Sullivan and Mike” fine art reproduction on paper by Pete Doctor

Friday, July 21 from 3 to 6 PM: Dynamic master artist, Mike Kungl, is the king of the contemporary Art Deco genre, but he’s recently taken his immense talents and directed them in a new POP art style that he’s calling “Where’s It @ POP! Each work in the series has hidden objects that are associated with the character, hidden so well that you’ll be looking for all of them for some time to come. The “Where’s It @, POP!” editions are limited to five, each one heavily embellished by the artist, creating a unique work just for you! The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

“Defending Planet X” mixed media edition by Mike Kungl

Friday, July 22 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, “Strangely Loving It”, a fine art reproduction on canvas featuring Marcenivo and the lump-headed orange Looney Tunes monster, Gossamer, will premiere at the reception. The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

“Strangely Loving It” fine art reproduction on canvas by Fabio Napoleoni

Saturday, July 22 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, “The Last Jedi” 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.

“Good vs. Evil–Yoda” fine art reproduction on canvas by Rodel Gonzalez

New from Lew! Star Trek Stars

We know that master portrait artist Fran Lew creates life whenever she puts charcoal to paper and it’s no different in her latest work, “Star Trek Stars”. This monumental portrait of James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), measures an impressive 25″ x 19″ and is one of the most dramatic portraits to come out of her atelier.

With its dense application of charcoal in the furthest reaches of deep space to the brilliant burst of light from the Starship Enterprise that helps define the the two characters, Lew has captured the mystery and drama of the “Star Trek” phenomenon.

With Kirk focused directly on the viewer and Spock looking amused at what we can only imagine are the foibles and unreasonableness of the human race, Lew has found the chemistry that made this television duo so potent and captivating for generations of fans.

“Star Trek Stars” is now available for acquisition at your Chuck Jones Gallery. Framed beautifully with the finest archival materials, “Star Trek Stars” is ready to be enjoyed for generations of art connoisseurs.

Did you know that Fran Lew is museum-collected? Besides work at the Cornell Museum, one of her first works was purchased for the permanent collection of the Sherwin Miller Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Lead Us in Peace” was painted by Lew in the early 1980s and acquired that same year by the museum. It is an impressive oil painting measuring 34″ x 50″ and depicts the founding prime ministers of Israel, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, and Moshe Dayan (left to right).

Her brilliance is capturing the essence of her subjects without forfeiting the integrity of the realism genre. Subtle, concise, and heartfelt, her application of paint (in this instance), allows the viewer to appreciate the innate compassion of the subjects while reinforcing their strength. A hallmark of the artist in not only her earliest work, but of her most recent.

New at the Chuck Jones Gallery: Kungl, Killen, Shelby & Sandy!

NEW PALETTE KNIFE PORTRAITS BY MIKE KUNGL

The Chuck Jones Gallery has represented the critically acclaimed contemporary Art Deco master artist, Mike Kungl, for more than a decade. Collectors from around the world count his inspired Looney Tunes artwork among their most treasured.

Photo of Mike Kungl and Sierra by Mark Rightmire

Photo of Mike Kungl and Sierra by Mark Rightmire

The artist has recently been the subject of extensive media coverage, both in print and television, all focused on his incredible body of work and his devotion to rescuing dogs and other animals. The City of Anaheim, California, featured him on their website, watch it by clicking here.

The strength of an artist is their ability to dream and evolve and find new ways of expressing themselves. We’re pleased to introduce new original work from Mike that will surprise and delight you as well as a new series of limited original mixed media works, the “Where’s It @ POP!” series.

“These paintings were a loose, fun, and whimsical departure for me. It’s been liberating and a lot of fun; great things happen when you scrape paint across the canvas with a metal blade!” –Mike Kungl on his new series of Palette Knife Portraits

"Gossamer", acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl

“Gossamer”, acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″, by Mike Kungl

The Palette Knife Portrait Series is a delightful departure from the structured contemporary Art Deco style Mike has perfected during his life as an artist. With a fresh eye, he has let loose the strictures and disciplines required for his Art Deco contemporary work and allowed the paint to tell its story and by doing so, enhancing the Looney Tunes characters’ personalities we all know and love so well.

"Bugs Bunny" acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl

“Bugs Bunny” acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″, by Mike Kungl

Alongside this fresh new take on classical painting genres, Mike has developed a new series of limited original fine art mixed media works on canvas, the “Where’s It @, POP!” series.

"Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote", 20" x 30", mixed media on canvas, edition of five.

“Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote”, 20″ x 30″, mixed media on canvas, edition of five.

Our first release in the series is a fine art mixed media reproduction on canvas titled, “Acme Blueprint–Wile E.Coyote”. Mike Kungl has spent several hours hand-embellishing each of the ONLY five, that’s right, just 5 examples in this edition. Each of the 20″ x 30″ works will be unique, embellished with sparkling glitter, gel paint, and acrylics and presented gallery-wrapped and ready to hang in your home, office, or Acme workroom. Kungl’s extraordinary color sense, playfulness, and eye for detail is prevalent in each unique work in the edition of five.

Hidden Treasures, print on canvas, free with purchase of "Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote"

Hidden Treasures, print on canvas, free with purchase of “Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote”

But that’s not all! Mike Kungl has hidden 10 treasures in each canvas–waiting to be discovered by you and your family, friends, and associates! Before you know it, you’ll be shouting, “Where’s it @, Pop!” Each example comes with a framed “Hidden Treasures” logo and list of objects waiting to be found as our gift to you.

This premier edition from the “Where’s It @ Pop?” series is available for just $2500 unframed. Add a floater frame for only $350 more. Remember this unique edition is limited to only five examples. Reserve yours today!

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NEW FROM ARTIST DANIEL KILLEN

The inimitable and droll master animation artist, Daniel Killen (“Iron Giant”, “Looney Tunes: Back in Action!”), presents his latest work for the Chuck Jones Gallery, “Semi-Struck”. This fine art reproduction on canvas measures an impressive 15″ x 20″ and is gallery-wrapped and ready to hang in your home, office, or subterranean man-cave. Limited to just 25 signed and numbered examples, “Semi-Struck” is sure to please even the ACME Company.

"Semi-Struck", fine art reproduction on canvas, 15" x 20", edition of 25, by Daniel Killen

“Semi-Struck”, fine art reproduction on canvas, 15″ x 20″, edition of 25, by Daniel Killen

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The dynamic artists/brothers, Shelby and Sandy, will make their first gallery appearance in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as our special guests for a reception in their honor at our Chuck Jones Gallery on Friday, June 23, 2017. You will not want to miss the opportunity to meet these highly sought-after young Los Angeles-based artists! Premiering a new collection of paintings. Contact the gallery director, Toshi Sanchez, at 505-983-5999 to RSVP or to be placed on the preview list.

Terri Hardin and Looney Tunes Fortune Tellers at Red Dot Auction!

The incomparable Terri Hardin, Disney Imagineer, sculptress, puppeteer, creator (you know those Foster Farm chickens, right? Terri created them) has designed the most amazing Looney Tunes Fortune Tellers EVER! She’ll be folding them on Saturday, May 6th for a donation to the Center. Add them to your “must have” list!

Tickets for the Red Dot Auction are available at www.ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Be there or be square!

 

The Incredible Work of Master Portrait Artist, Fran Lew

Fran Lew, a name synonymous with the greatest of American portrait artists such as John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, and Norman Rockwell, is without contemporary peer. Her unerring eye for detail and her sensitive rendering of the emotional undercurrent of the sitter, whether for a commissioned private portrait as seen below, or for one of her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” celebrity portraits, is truly inspiring.

Portrait of a Young Woman, collection of the artist and not for sale.

Portrait of a Young Woman, collection of the artist and not for sale.

You see it in her handling of the subtleties of the planes of the cheeks, the curve of the lips, the brilliant life streaming from the eyes of the subject, all are captured by the sure hand and artistic genius of Lew.

Audrey Hepburn, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 14" x 11" by Fran Lew.

Audrey Hepburn, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 14″ x 11″ by Fran Lew.

What makes an artist shine like this? Fran Lew exhibits an innate understanding of how to capture the essence of her subject with the finesse and subtlety deserving of the most important people in our lives.

Fran Lew’s work is represented by the Chuck Jones Galleries. She is now taking portrait commissions, both personal and from her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” series, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for details and availability.