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Down the Rabbit Hole–Press Release

Down the Rabbit Hole

POP Art Stars Karen and Tony Barone Debut in San Diego

Bugs Bunny in a Hair-Raising Experience to Be Unveiled

Pooka Polka Paintings to Premier

San Diego, CA: POP Art stars and long-time Coachella Valley society scene-sters, Karen and Tony Barone, will be the guests of honor at Down the Rabbit Hole, an exhibition of sculpture and recent works on canvas and paper premiering at the Chuck Jones Gallery in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Opening night reception is Friday, March 17 from 5 to 8 PM. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is recommended at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego.

American master POP artists, Karen and Tony Barone, have wowed the art world over the last three decades with their original and inspired take on contemporary culture. Like Chuck Jones, they have their finger firmly planted on the pulse of the Zeitgeist, a rare ability shared only by the greatest contemporary artists.

It is this unique ability to seamlessly meld their point of view with that of Jones’s that inspired them to create a work in homage to the creative force of Chuck Jones. Their unique perspective, already steeped in contemporary society, lends a modern sensibility to this classic, living character. Promptly at 6 PM on Friday, March 17, their most recent painting, Bugs Bunny in a Hair-Raising Experience, will be unveiled at the gallery.

Chuck Jones, a four-time Academy Award recipient and Director’s Guild member, is perhaps best known for being one of the fathers of the iconic cartoon character, Bugs Bunny. His art, the art of the animated film, has been shown in museums around the globe, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the EMP Museum in Seattle. His films have been celebrated at international film festivals including Telluride, Zagreb, and Chicago. He has been the recipient of five honorary doctorates as well as the prestigious MacDowell Colony Medal.

The Chuck Jones Gallery welcomes Karen and Tony Barone to its roster of exceptional historical and contemporary artists. “After meeting Karen and Tony, I walked away with the understanding that they are the ultimate creative team who bring smiles and intrigue to everything they do. They are smart, joyful professionals who put their jubilant spirit into their unique work,” said Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson and president of the Chuck Jones Galleries.

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About the Gallery: Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the vibrant center of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter at 232 Fifth Avenue is the destination for collectors and visitors from around the world. Celebrating 30 years of bringing the finest in the art of American Pop Culture to collectors and aficionados, the gallery features work not only by its namesake, Chuck Jones, but also by Dr. Seuss, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, Charles Schulz, Fran Lew, Shelby & Sandy, and now, Karen and Tony Barone. The Chuck Jones Gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 to 6 PM with extended weekend hours. 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com for more information.

Interview opportunities with Karen & Tony Barone available. Images available upon request. Contact gallery director, Michael Fiacco, 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

“Rubes” Cartoonist, Leigh Rubin” to Appear at Nashville, TN Library!

Attention Nashville, TN residents and those in the surrounding area!!!
 
Our friend, cartoonist and animal lover, Leigh Rubin, of “Rubes” fame, will be feted at the Nashville, TN downtown library on Monday, February 6 beginning at 6 PM. Sponsored by Nashville’s daily paper, the Tennessean. It’s free and open to the public. Leigh’s a very funny man and if you can see him live, you should do so! Be there or be square!
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Down the Rabbit Hole! A Studio Visit with Karen and Tony Barone

The Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego is pleased to announce that they will host a major exhibition of the POP art of internationally acclaimed husband and wife collaborative artists, Karen and Tony Barone. The Chuck Jones Blog visited these amazing artist’s studio in what they call their “Paradiso Secco” (dry paradise), located in the world-famous Coachella Valley.

A warren of 9' aluminum rabbits greet you upon arrival to the courtyard of the Barone's artistic haven.

A warren of 9′ aluminum rabbits greet you upon arrival to the courtyard of the Barone’s artistic haven.

The charming, witty, and gregarious Tony is the first to greet his guests, and then, the striking Karen, a woman of great warmth and beauty makes her entrance — tiny and outrageously coiffed and made – up, a super heroine for our times.

Deep shadows reflected on the stucco walls of the Barone home and studio/atelier. The outer walls and paving stones have been painted with dark gray ovoids, mimicking the sculpture and the setting.

Deep shadows reflected on the stucco walls of the Barone home and studio/atelier. The outer walls and paving stones have been painted with dark gray ovoids, mimicking the sculpture and the setting.

Karen and Tony met “cute” — on Chicago’s “el” one day and ever since have been creating art, sculpture, and architecture. Famous for their work with Rich Melman’s Lettuce Entertain You group of themed restaurants, the Barones designed and developed such notable Chicago eateries as Zanadu, Lawrence of Oregano, Tango, and the Brewery.

Tony, front, and backed by his wife, Karen, at the entrance to the pool area of their home where visitors are greeted by giant cas and dogs.

Tony, front, and backed by his wife, Karen, at the entrance to the pool area of their home where visitors are greeted by giant cas and dogs.

When Chicago grew too small for the dynamic duo, they packed up their studio and moved to New York’s SOHO district where they opened one of the very first galleries in the now ubiquitous neighborhood.

"Pop Art" a corner painting in the atelier next to the pool in the Barone's compound.

“Pop Art” a corner painting in the atelier next to the pool in the Barone’s compound.

Karen and Tony escorted us around the exterior of their mid-century modern home, with its steel gray ovals set against the white stucco all the while discussing their art, which is their life, their respect for art history, and where they find inspiration.

Inside the atelier are work benches with the tools for making art.

Inside the atelier are work benches with the tools for making art.

It’s obvious that their life is consumed by creating. There wasn’t a space in their atelier, studio, home, and grounds that didn’t contain artwork, finished and works-in-progress. They complete each other’s sentences–and we found out that now Tony, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, hones his drawing skills by laying out their canvas works, and that Karen, patient and steady of hand, applies the paint. A true collaboration between great friends, lovers, and artists. It’s truly heart-warming.

"We R Watching" (detail), acrylic on canvas by Karen and Tony Barone.

“We R Watching U” (detail), acrylic on canvas by Karen and Tony Barone.

We spent several hours with Karen and Tony that day–it went by in a flash. They’re voluble, funny, delightfully droll, hip and with a finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist. Which makes for an awesome experience, either in person or when you view their art…they’re right there with you.

Karen and Tony Barone have created a painting in homage to Chuck Jones. It’s so incredible, we’re not going to show it to you. You’ll have to wait until the reception for their exhibition, “Down the Rabbit Hole” opens, Friday, March 17 at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego. RSVP or for more information, write SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Craig Kausen, far right, Chuck Jones's grandson, and president of the Chuck Jones Galleries with Karen and Tony Barone in their studio. What's behind the red curtain?

Craig Kausen, far right, Chuck Jones’s grandson, and president of the Chuck Jones Galleries with Karen and Tony Barone in their studio. What’s behind the red curtain?

To learn more about the Barones, visit  BaroneArt.

Chuck Jones’s Grandson to Speak at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Exhibition

On Saturday, December 3rd at noon, Craig Kausen, the grandson of animator and Oscar-winning director Chuck Jones, will give a special presentation in the Music Room of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center where he will discuss his grandfather’s work.

This original production cel from "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and many others are on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center through January 8, 2017.

This original production cel from “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and many others are on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center through January 8, 2017.

During the “Golden Age” of animation, Chuck Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros.’ most famous characters and created characters such as Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, and many others. Jones also directed the 1966 television special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. After the talk, join collector Bill Heeter in the galleries to learn more about his private collection of original animation cels and ephemera. Please RSVP for this event, as there is limited seating, by emailing boxoffice@csfineartscenter.org or calling 719.477.4310. For more information about the exhibit and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, click here.

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Join Us in San Diego for the Grinch 50th Anniversary!

On the evening of Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 4 to 7 PM, the Chuck Jones Gallery in downtown San Diego will host a celebration of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”‘s 50th anniversary!

You are cordially invited to join us for an evening with the HISTORY, MEMORIES, and ARTWORK of this most watched animated Christmas special in history. “Who” cookies and punch will be served!

CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS WAS 50 YEARS AGO?!?

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This is arguably the greatest 23 minutes of animation ever made! It has everything you would want in a true classic:

  1. The most memorable story by Dr. Seuss
  2. The Greatest Characters you love and love to hate.
  3. Set Design by the master, Maurice Noble.
  4. Music by the incomparable Albert Hague.
  5. The mellifluous voice of Boris Karloff.
  6. Songs sung by the voice of Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft!
  7. The best animation team assembled, including such luminaries as Benny Washam, Ken Harris, Lloyd Vaughn, Dick Thompson, and Phil Roman.
  8. Miss June Foray as little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.
  9. A lovable reindeer dog, Max.
  10. And, the greatest animation director in history, CHUCK JONES!

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If you are interested in any of these incredible works of art or would like more information, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant. RSVP to the San Diego Gallery, 619-294-9880.

Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego | 619-294-9880

Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County | 949-274-4834

Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe | 505-983-5999

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Cakes and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Birth of a Notion–Celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th Birthday!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Art Institute of California–Orange County celebrated Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday with a gala inauguration of a new exhibit, “Birth of a Notion” on his birthday, September 21st. The exhibit chronicles Jones’s passionate belief in the power of the human form as it relates to the production of the animated film.

From left: Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter,

From left: Michael J. Hansen,  Director of the Aussic Gallery at the Art Institute; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter, Lindsey Morgan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Mark Lucero, President of Art Institute of California–Orange County.

Cakes and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Cakes and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated the exhibit, "Birth of a Notion".

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated and installed the exhibit, “Birth of a Notion”.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

The hors d'oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

The hors d’oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

Many thanks to the Art Institute of California–Orange County for hosting the exhibit and presenting the reception. It was a perfect celebration of the creative genius of Chuck Jones!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

 

 

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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.

"Mythology Superman" by Alex Ross.

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.