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Wisdom and Nonsense — New from Michael Summers

Exclusively ours through Sunday, October 1st, “Wisdom and Nonsense” by Michael Summers! This master artist and muralist has created a stunning new work of art that captures the beauty and mystery of nature in a dynamic and optically vibrant manner.

“Wisdom and Nonsense” a fine art giclee on canvas by Michael Summers, 24″ x 18″, hand-embellished by the artist, limited to just 75 examples plus Artist Proofs. Call for pricing and availability.

When asked what his inspiration was for this work of art, Summers shared a few quotes that had been tumbling inside his head as he conceptualized the art.

“Eschew the ordinary, disdain the commonplace. If you have a single-minded need for something, let it be the unusual, the esoteric, the bizarre, the unexpected.”– Chuck Jones
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” — Ray Bradbury (Who when queried at a later-in-his-year’s birthday party, “what do you want when you grow up?”, replied, “I want to be fourteen years old, just like Chuck Jones.”)
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”– Roald Dahl
And so, his choice of an owl, a symbol of wisdom, as subject matter.  Summers has placed it in a playful, colorful pose to add a little fun nonsense. Because no matter how wise you want to be, sometimes it is just fun to play in the rain.
Click the image to order online at ChuckJones.com. Michael Summers will appear at our San Diego gallery tonight, Friday, September 28 and again on Saturday, September 29th. Call 619-294-9880 for more details.

Daniel Killen Named Official Artist of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Orange County Artist Daniel Killen Named Official Artist of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Killen to Create Posters Leading up to the 50th Anniversary in 2021 of the Iconic Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Classic Chuck Jones Cartoon Characters, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Return in the “Full of Hot Air” Poster

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Companies of Costa Mesa announced today that Orange County artist, Daniel Killen, has been selected to create the poster images for the iconic Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta leading up to its 50th anniversary in 2021. Killen, represented by the Chuck Jones Companies for his work incorporating the Looney Tunes cartoon characters made famous by four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones, has produced the first of four images, “Full of Hot Air” for this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The official 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta poster by Daniel Killen. It is a fine art serigraph, printed one color at a time on archival paper, 30″ x 20″.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen by the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to represent the spirit and joy of the first Fiesta and the 50th coming in 2021, said Killen. ”This first image, “Full of Hot Air”, shows the morning sun breaking over the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque with the Road Runner aloft in an early rising balloon and each subsequent poster image will represent another part of the same day as Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner participate in the festivities of the Fiesta until the last one has them enjoying a sunset over the western plains.”

“Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner appeared in the very first posters for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta,” said Lisa Mulder, merchandise manager for the Balloon Fiesta, “and bringing them back to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary seemed like the right thing to do. We’re delighted with Daniel’s concept and artwork and feel it represents the exuberance and fun spirit of this international gathering of balloon fanatics”.

According to Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Companies and Chuck Jones’s grandson, “My grandfather was fond of quoting American philosopher, George Santayana, about Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, ’A fanatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.’ We’re extremely happy that the comic genius of my grandfather has been channeled so perfectly into Daniel Killen’s artwork for this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.”

The Chuck Jones Companies announced that they will be selling a very limited number of hand-embellished Artist Proofs of “Full of Hot Air” through their Chuck Jones Galleries in Orange County, San Diego, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. An interest list is forming, contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more details.

About Daniel Killen

Daniel Killen was born in 1965 and raised along the coast of Southern California, where he still lives and calls home. The youngest of four, Daniel’s family originally immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1963. Always feeling like an outsider, he began creating and using his imagination to cope with his own shyness.  As a child, Daniel created creatures and worlds out of clay, cardboard, and any other items lying around the house. His love for creating grew to include illustrating and painting all of which set the course for his life’s goal of being an artist.

He studied animation at Roland Animation School in Hacienda, California. Learning the basics of 2D animation principles, Daniel was recruited in mid-1995 by Warner Bros. where he worked in their animation division on Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Trained primarily in visual effects, he fulfilled a lifelong dream on his first professional Hollywood project by getting to work with all the classic Looney Tunes characters. Performing tasks as an animator’s assistant, he was given the responsibility of animating certain EFX scenes on his own. These experiences lead to work on eight additional animated feature films over the next eight years for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks SKG Animation Studio. Daniel also created concept and prop designs for Warner Bros. The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird, where he designed the giant’s visual readout, including the font design used in all scenes where the giant’s viewfinder was shown. He also was responsible for the creation of other items in the movie as well as the words ATOMIC HOLOCOST, which reads across the main character’s Duck and Cover school safety film.

His other movies for Warner Bros. were The Quest for Camelot and Osmosis Jones with Bill Murray. DreamWorks SKG projects included working in the EFX department, on Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. He also did freelance work for Rich Animation’s The King and I. Daniel continued to hone his drawing and painting skills in classes provide by the major studios, as well as the Animators Union.

Daniel now works with the Chuck Jones Gallery bringing to canvas such inspired Warner Bros. properties as The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, The Iron Giant, and the classic Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck, and the Road Runner. Greatly influenced by such artistic giants as Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, Frank Frazetta, and Chuck Jones, Daniel incorporates sly wit, poetic beauty, and adventurous themes into his work. He brings his whimsical sense of humor, pleasing colors, and clever layout to all his creative endeavors. In 2018, Daniel was chosen by the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to create the poster for the 2018 Fiesta and to conceptualize and execute the designs for future posters leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the Fiesta in 2021.

Daniel Killen signing posters at the headquarters of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 23, 2018.

About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta now attracts almost 600 balloons and 1000 pilots.

The first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 was held in the parking lot of Coronado Center Mall in Albuquerque. The following year, 13 countries took part in the “First World Hot Air Balloon Championship”, the world’s largest ballooning event, held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. By 1978 Albuquerque was playing host to 273 entries. The number of balloons steadily increased, with 600 in 1988 and 903 balloons in 1999. The organizers of the Balloon Fiesta registered over 1000 balloons in the year 2000.

In 1972 there were about 10,000 guests that viewed the first Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of thousands of guests visit Balloon Fiesta each year, and hundreds of thousands more fans watch the balloons from outlying areas and on TV. In order to accommodate the increases in balloons and guests, the Balloon Fiesta’s home field has grown from a corner in a mall parking lot, to its present home, a permanent site which is more than 350 acres.

The Balloon Fiesta has not only grown in numbers of balloons and guests, but in the number of unique events as well. In addition to the spectacular Mass Ascensions, the Balloon Fiesta has added the annual Balloon Glow, the Night Magic Glow™, and the Special Shape Rodeo™. These additions have grown to become guest favorites. In order to preserve the magic of these spectacular events, it is estimated that more than 25 million still photographs are taken of the Balloon Fiesta, repeatedly earning the title “the world’s most photographed event.”

For more information, visit www.BalloonFiesta.com.

About Chuck Jones Companies

The Chuck Jones Companies include Linda Jones Enterprises, the Chuck Jones Galleries, and the not-for-profit, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Linda Jones Enterprises was founded in 1977 by Chuck Jones and his daughter, Linda, as an art publishing company representing the art of the four-time Academy Award-winner, Chuck Jones. In 1991, the first Chuck Jones Showroom, a retail art gallery, opened in Corona del Mar, California. The Chuck Jones Galleries quickly grew to three locations besides Orange County, it now includes a location in San Diego’s historic Gas Lamp Quarter and the iconic Plaza area of old Santa Fe, New Mexico. The not-for-profit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by Chuck Jones. Its mission is to inspire the innate creativity in all of us through the philosophies and work of Chuck Jones. Its vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few.

Visit www.ChuckJones.com for more details.

Images available upon request. Contact Robert Patrick at 949-660-7791 x 1103 or by writing Robert@ChuckJonesCenter.org for interview and image requests.

Art Star Publishers Gather at the Chuck Jones Gallery

The stars aligned last night at the San Diego Chuck Jones Gallery “Art of Star Wars” gala reception for artists Rob Kaz and Rodel Gonzalez during Comic Con International–San Diego. It’s not often you can get publishers and artist representatives from all the major studios in one room at the same time, but last night was that night.

Standing from left: Scott Coleman of James Coleman Studios, publisher of the “Art of Star Wars” with ACME Archives; Jerry Beck, famed author and animation historian; Ari Goldman, owner of Choice Art Group and publisher of the Marvel Comics fine art; Michelle Smart, artist representative extraordinaire; Eric Lange of Collector’s Editions; Jim Lentz, head of the animation department at Heritage Auctions; Michael Young, CEO of Collector’s Editions and publisher of Disney Fine Art; Mike Dicken, National Sales Director for the Chuck Jones Galleries; seated from left, Joel Shapiro, Sales Manager, Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, and Scott Dicken, VP of Retail Sales for Linda Jones Enterprises, publisher of the art of Chuck Jones.

Today’s events at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego–232 Fifth Avenue–in the heart of the historic Gas Lamp Quarter and just one-half block north of the Convention Center include a meet & greet with actor and star of the upcoming feature film, “The Samuel Project”, Ryan Ochoa, from 11:30 to 2:30 PM; The Art of Marvel Comics with special guest artist, James C. Mulligan from 3 to 6 PM and a “Nap Time” a reception for American Art Star, Fabio Napoleoni, from 7 to 10 PM featuring his iconic Marcenivo. Visit the Gallery on Facebook.com/ChuckJonesGallery or at ChuckJonesCatalog.com.

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.

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.

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!