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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.

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!