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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
To learn more about the Barones, visit BaroneArt.
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.
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 email@example.com or calling 719.477.4310. For more information about the exhibit and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, click here.
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?!?
This is arguably the greatest 23 minutes of animation ever made! It has everything you would want in a true classic:
- The most memorable story by Dr. Seuss
- The Greatest Characters you love and love to hate.
- Set Design by the master, Maurice Noble.
- Music by the incomparable Albert Hague.
- The mellifluous voice of Boris Karloff.
- Songs sung by the voice of Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft!
- The best animation team assembled, including such luminaries as Benny Washam, Ken Harris, Lloyd Vaughn, Dick Thompson, and Phil Roman.
- Miss June Foray as little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.
- A lovable reindeer dog, Max.
- And, the greatest animation director in history, CHUCK JONES!
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
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.
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.
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:
All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce a reception for artist, actor, and singer, James C. Mulligan on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 7 PM. Mulligan, known for not only his outstanding mural work around the Southwest, but also for his beautiful interpretive art work for both Disney Studios and Warner Bros., will premier new paintings and fine art editions. This effervescent artist is always bubbling over with ideas and the joy of creating radiates from him like a bright star. You’ll not want to miss the opportunity to meet him. Premiering at this reception will be “Hand Grenades and Horse Shoes” a new fine art reproduction on canvas, hand-signed by the artist. He’ll also be signing the Chuck Jones Gallery official Comic Con 2016 commemorative poster “May the Jones Be with You”, created from one of his original paintings.