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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 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.

Inspired by Chuck Jones

Artists Karen and Tony Barone, featured artists in our San Diego Chuck Jones Gallery through April 13, have honored the influence Chuck Jones has had on their art and their life in their website’s “Blob”. Yes, that’s right, it’s not a “Blog”, but a “Blob”. Written by Tony, the “Blob” covers all sorts of topics. The most recent posting, #9, centers on the Chuck Jones inspiration they’ve channeled in their most recent work, “Bugs Bunny in a Hare-Raising Experience”.

Chuck Jones by Karen and Tony Barone.

Chuck Jones by Karen and Tony Barone after a photograph by Karsh of Ottawa.

Tony writes, “I am a composite of skills and knowledge inherited from all those artists who have come before me.

“In my most recent incarnation, I am channeling artist Chuck Jones, the world’s most collected cartoonist, animator, filmmaker and Pop art practitioner. The impressions he left on me when I was a “baby” artist, but an artist none-the-less, are indelible. Now that I am more skilled, I am even more aware of how skilled he is. I say “is” because although he passed in 2002 at nearly 90, I speak of him in the present because I continue to “draw” from him.” Read the rest of his inspiration at the “Blob” on BaroneArt.com.

The Linda Jones Archive: Crier in the Wilderness by Chuck Jones, Part 5

Note from Linda: At the time of this article, February 7, 1957, the lead-in stated the following: “Chuck Jones has been Art Director of the Crier from its infancy, and herein tells you how come. He and Dottie dwell in a fabulous glass-and-stone aerie up in Hollywood Knolls, and Little Linda is all grown up and married.”  I was, as stated in the article, seven years old in 1944. We had pool parties often in lovely, poison oak surrounded, swimming pool above the back patio…. yes, above…up the hill through overgrown ivy covered steps, which were especially slippery coming down. I learned to love to swim in that pool and missed it when we moved across the street in 1945. Here is Part V:

 [PART V] Cinnamon, Anyone?

             It was through the pages of the Canyon Crier that my wife sought wartime bargains. Her wants were relatively simple since the only thing she hoarded during the war years was cinnamon sticks. She had a morbid fear of being without hot-buttered rum, even though it was hot oleo-margarine-rum more often than not. Occasionally a grocer in a flippant mood would advertise cinnamon sticks, and shortly thereafter a slender hooded figure might be observed slinking by the check stand with a bulging paper bag. Since 1945 we have had hot buttered rum perhaps five times, which means that we still have ample supply for about ten thousand years.

Betty Branch, then editor of the Crier (Russell Branch, Publisher), inserted a plea for an artist-cartoonist of the general class of Arno, Adams, or VIP Partch, who would be willing to work for nothing. I applied, knowing full well that I had the disadvantage of not being in the class of Arno, Adams or Partch, yet smugly aware that I held the enormous advantage of being willing to work for nothing, which I knew they were not. My relationship with all of the succeeding Canyon Crier editors has continued in this same unsullied manner, characterized by purity on both sides. Neither checks nor rejection slips have ever passed between me and any editor of the Canyon Crier.

CJCC - Canyon Crier Illustration #5 website

Just how many editors and/or proprietors the Canyon Crier has known I cannot now recall, but four—I think—have been significant Branch, Rose, Bishop and Sharpe, and three of these seem to have an etymological sympathy: Sharpe, Rose, Branch with Bishop thrown in for ecclesiastical class.

[The exciting conclusion of this article next week!]

The Linda Jones Clough Archive: Crier in the Wilderness by Chuck Jones, Part 4

Note from Linda: At the time of this article, February 7, 1957, the lead-in stated the following: “Chuck Jones has been Art Director of the Crier from its infancy, and herein tells you how come. He and Dottie dwell in a fabulous glass-and-stone aerie up in Hollywood Knolls, and Little Linda is all grown up and married.”  I was, as stated in the article, seven years old in 1944. I well remember my father’s “war warden” hard hat…with a webbing inside that fascinated me…but he wouldn’t let me play with it. He went out almost every night, from our blacked out home, with his huge flashlight and his hard hat and a first aid kit slung over his chest. The searchlights interspersed the stars…and they were not for movie openings, but searching for enemy aircraft. Here is Part IV.

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[PART IV] The Oddments of War

Thus she joined the carpool and the “Canyon Crier” became a factor in our lives. We were at about this time promoted to a kind of restricted B sticker for our gasoline ration I was working on a project to camouflage Signal Hill rather a thankless job since the oil wells could only be disguised as something that looked like another military objective like a ship yard, an ammunition dump or an air-field. I think our final suggestion was to build two other fake Signal Hillses and hope for the best, or to make a gigantic tent big enough to cover all of Long Beach. At any rate we managed to carry on, although I occasionally had to employ the steps, dare the dog, and the Rhus diversiloba (poison oak).

It was through the tiny pages of the Crier that we were informed of the activities of Civilian Defense. Dan Duryea, as I remember it, was Senior Warden in our parts. Ken Harris was block Warden. Kent Winthers was Junior Warden and I was Fire Watcher, since we were almost the sole residents of Passmore Drive at that time. The Finkel house, now owned and beautifully remodeled by Hal and Margo Findlay, was then empty and the only other house was occupied, I believe, by a schizophrenic who thought he was a German spy but never came outdoors long enough to find out. He it was who had bought the confused Doberman thinking him to be a turn=coat (or turn-pelt). The three of us then were the task force that manned Operation Passmore, and even though in the giant logistics of war such minutia are often overlooked, yet it is true that we kept Passmore Drive remarkably free of fire-bombs.

[See you next week, with Part V]

15 Years

It’s hard to believe it has been 15 years and, at the same time, only 15 years since my Grandfather, Chuck Jones, passed away on February, 22, 2002.

Chuck Jones working on layout drawings for his 1975 television special, "The White Seal".

Chuck Jones working on layout drawings for his 1975 television special, “The White Seal”.

On the one hand, I still have instantaneous thoughts of calling him to ask about this or that during my day to day activities. It feels like he is still actively involved in the world, at least in my world, because so many people continue to talk about him, continue to study his vast creations, and continue to use his guidance and principles to shape their creative careers.  And I personally continue to unearth answers from him to new questions that arise from his writings, scribbled notes, an obscure interview, or a story that someone relays to me about him in a happenstance conversation.

On the other hand, the world seems to have so dramatically changed since he died in 2002, certainly my world has, that it feels like an eternity since then.

I suppose that these instantaneously contradicting perspectives of time illustrate one of his most often quoted philosophies.  Although it is apparent that the mechanics of animation is an illusion created one moment at a time, he profoundly observed that “Animation isn’t the illusion of Life; it is Life.”  Perhaps this contradiction of illusion and not illusion points to a piece of why he and his films, philosophies, and teachings are so timeless.

I miss him but fortunately he is timelessly with me always. –Craig Kausen

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.

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.

The Linda Jones Archive: Crier in the Wilderness by Chuck Jones

The "Canyon Crier" masthead drawn and designed by Chuck Jones, a long-time resident of the Hollywood Hills.

The “Canyon Crier” masthead drawn and designed by Chuck Jones, a long-time resident of the Hollywood Hills.

Crier in the Wilderness by Chuck Jones

Note from Linda: At the time of this article, February 7, 1957, the lead-in stated the following: “Chuck Jones has been Art Director of the Crier from its infancy, and herein tells you how come. He and Dottie dwell in a fabulous glass-and-stone aerie up in Hollywood Knolls, and Little Linda is all grown up and married.”  I was, as stated in the article, seven years old in 1944. I was in the second grade at Valley View School, to which I walked each day…actually uphill (and downhill) both ways! There were 72 steps from the street to our front door. My father’s studio was a room over the garage, which was only 40 steps from the street, but 32 steps down from the front door. I called this the “castle house” and from what I can see of it these days, it looks very much the same as it did in the early forties when we lived there.  —   I have decided to publish this article in six parts, along with the illustrations that accompanied the article at that time. Here is Part I.

[PART I]

The first time I knew that there was such a publication as the “Canyon Crier” was that night during the war when my wife began to make whimpering noises and little dog-like running motions in her sleep. This type of restlessness always presages a complaint or new statement of policy at the following breakfast table, so I was as prepared—to use the term so loosely as to be idiotic—when she gave her first post-orange juice cough. This then was going to be a statement of policy, a new venture or something current on Linda’s up-bringing from Ribble, Ilg, Gesell or Spock, known as RIGS in our household. If it was going to be a complaint, she would have cleared her throat rather than coughing. Thus do we survive through understanding the delicate code of marital communication.

“I’m going to join a car pool,” she said, smearing a quarter pat of butter on a heel of raisin bread toast. (Why is raisin bread so easy to come by during war-time?” The time necessary to chew up and swallow a rag of raisin bread toast was the time allotted me to consider a spate of short-handish thoughts: “Car-pool? Why? Where? Who? How? Huh?”

[Stay tuned…more next week!]