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Shelby, holding phone, and his brother Sandy, pause for a selfie in front of one of their latest paintings, "Pirate Tweety & Pirate Sylvester".

Shelby and Sandy @ Chuck Jones Gallery

Brothers Shelby and Sandy made their debut at the Chuck Jones Gallery in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego on Saturday evening, November 12.

Craig Kausen, left, president of the Chuck Jones Companies, discusses the collaborative work of Shelby (second from right) and Sandy, brother artists.

Craig Kausen, left, president of the Chuck Jones Companies, discusses the collaborative work of Shelby (second from right) and Sandy, brother artists.

The brothers “collaborated” with Chuck Jones on the above image, Jones’s last unfinished painting of “Sherwood Forest Group” by creating a cel-like overlay of them and Chuck, along with the Warner Bros. animation characters made famous by Jones sitting around a campfire telling stories.

Regarding the work, they said, “Sherwood Forest Group is Chuck Jones’ final oil painting, left unfinished at the time of his passing in 2002. 14 years later, Shelby and Sandy used traditional cel animation techniques to finish this collaborative painting. The campfire is a metaphor for storytelling, where a narrative is passed on from one to another.”

Hundreds of guests viewed five new paintings by Shelby and Sandy.

Hundreds of guests viewed five new paintings by Shelby and Sandy.

Sought after by Hollywood’s hottest young stars in films and music, such as Zac Efron, Drake, and Mariah Carey, Shelby and Sandy’s commission schedule is booked for the foreseeable future.

Shelby, holding phone, and his brother Sandy, pause for a selfie in front of one of their latest paintings, "Pirate Tweety & Pirate Sylvester".

Shelby, holding phone, and his brother Sandy, pause for a selfie in front of one of their latest paintings, “Pirate Tweety & Pirate Sylvester”.

This, the brother’s gallery debut, was met with great collector enthusiasm. Earlier in the week, their first limited edition fine art reproduction on canvas, sold out within minutes.

The Murphy family, father Brian, left, with Shelby, mother Diana, Jody, Sandy, and Cory.

The Murphy family, father Brian, left, with Shelby, mother Diana, Jody, Sandy, and Cory.

Pirate Pepe relaxes amid the flowers. Painting by Shelby and Sandy.

Pirate Pepe relaxes amid the flowers. Painting by Shelby and Sandy.

Collectors of their work pose with Shelby, far right.

Collectors of their work pose with Shelby, far right.

You can follow Shelby and Sandy on Instagram: instagram.com/shelbyandsandy/

Photos by Bijan.

 

 

…be counted on to stand up.

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Although this quote by Chuck Jones was written  in January of 1961, it is particularly pertinent to today.

“Today, we cannot envisage a protected world that does not include them all, and so [my] hope this year to all people everywhere is for a future–sheltered by the stars, sweetened by clean air, and above all fostering a climate in which no man can be commanded to stand up and be counted–but where every man can be counted on to stand up.” –Chuck Jones

"Pirate Marvin" acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48" by Shelby & Sandy.

The POP Sensibility of Shelby & Sandy

Brother artists, Shelby and Sandy Murphy, AKA Shelby & Sandy, made the pages of the culture section of Vogue Mexico this month.  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present the work of this dynamic duo–yes, they’re super-human artists extraordinaire.

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Their vibrantly hued over-sized canvases thrum to the zeitgeist; provocative, thrilling, humorous, playful, and beautifully executed, each work changes the way you view contemporary art.

Their list of celebrity clients spans the gamut of today’s stars of screen and music–so exclusive is it, that we’re unable to publish their names.

Shelby, left, and Sandy, right, flank Chuck Jones Gallery president, Craig Kausen, in their spotless studio space in downtown Los Angeles.

Shelby, left, and Sandy, right, flank Chuck Jones Gallery president, Craig Kausen, in their spotless studio space in downtown Los Angeles.

Shelby and Sandy combine their energies and personalities so seamlessly, that one begins a sentence or brush stroke, and the other finishes it. The resulting works of art are imbued with the positive psychic energy of these two young painters. “We will work on a painting until every color is correct, every line is crisp,” Shelby continues, “until we deem it a success. Each painting is a complete 50/50 collaboration.”

Stripes and plaid in the artists' studio.

Stripes and plaid in the artists’ studio.

Collectors have taken note of their talent. Their original works grace the homes and collections of a bevy of established and up-and-coming Hollywood and music industry talent: Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Zac Efron, Sean Kingston, Rob Dyrdek, and Rachel Zoe to name but a few of the young creative talent that have fallen in love with the work of Shelby and Sandy. Their international collectors include those living in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other locations around the globe.

The brothers have created work for movies, including the recent Warner Bros. release, “We Are Your Friends”; advertising campaigns for Sperry Top-Sider and Red Bull, and are represented in the corporate collections of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, along with CHOC (Children’s Hospital Orange County), Creative Artists Agency, and Holsteins at South Coast Plaza.

"Pirate Marvin" acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48" by Shelby & Sandy.

“Pirate Marvin” acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 48″ by Shelby & Sandy.

Currently, there is a five month waiting list for commissioned paintings by this dynamic duo. “We paint because it is our absolute favorite thing to do,” said Sandy, “nothing makes us happier than finishing a painting and showing it to the world.”

For more information about available art by Shelby and Sandy or details regarding private commissions, contact a Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant.

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“Always Have a Plan B” Meet the Artist Fabio Napoleoni!

Santa Fe, NM:  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to welcome painter Fabio Napoleoni as they open his “Always Have a Plan B” solo exhibition in Santa Fe.  This is Napoleoni’s first exhibition and sale in Santa Fe. The Collector Preview is scheduled for Friday, August 12 from 6 to 8 PM at the gallery, 126 W. Water St. at Ortiz. Mr. Napoleoni will be drawing “live” at this event. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, from 1 to 6 PM with Napoleoni in attendance; he will be signing dedications at both events. These receptions are free and open to the public.

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“Always Have a Plan B” fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni, exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery.

Much of life’s loves and tribulations have influenced Fabio’s artwork but none more than the traumatic events that followed the birth of his second child.  His daughter, born with severe heart abnormalities, had to face several surgeries to correct issues that could have prevented her from having a future. His now iconic character, the tattered and stitched together Marcenivo, and his quest for eternal happiness and love, is one way he shows the resiliency of the human spirit. Through his art, he feels that he can repay a debt of gratitude for the life his daughter now enjoys.

Napoleoni, one of America’s rising young art stars is making his first appearance at the gallery.  “As a child and into my teen years, the characters created by Chuck Jones played a huge role in my creative thinking. Chuck was able to create unique characters that made you laugh and smile uncontrollably. I utilize a similar sensibility except instead of laughter, my characters tug at your heart strings and evoke deep emotions. The fact that my works hang on the same walls as those of Chuck Jones I consider a high point of my career.”

About the gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the plaza neighborhood of Old Santa Fe, is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of American popular culture. Included in the on-going display is art by not only its namesake, Chuck Jones, but also, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, Glen Tarnowski, Fran Lew, and Fabio Napoleoni. For more information, please call the gallery at 505-983-5999.

Mr. Napoleoni is available for interviews subject to his schedule. Images available upon request.

"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.

 

Teaching Artist, Denise, at RAD Camp

An inspiring story from one of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s teaching artists, Denise.

Nestled within the natural setting of Irvine Regional Park, campers spend the week side-by-side with their Buddy engaged in a multiple of activities. The degree of mental and/or physical disability and age varied greatly amongst the adult campers. The Buddies consisted of young adult volunteers: high school and college students.

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The group was divided into ten teams. They rotated into the Art Studio every half hour to paint a Chuck Jones character of their choosing. During lunch and pool time, we offered open studio to those not participating otherwise.

Our program was well received with Chuck’s characters widely recognized with delight. At the beginning of each rotation I was introduced by a camp director. During my introduction I would explain that I was from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, showing them each character and asking if they knew who Chuck Jones was. There was a handful that recognized him by name.

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During one rotation, a young man named Rusty (shown with Marvin the Martin) stood up and gave us a five minute bio of Chuck, frankly he knew more than I! Another young woman knew all about him as well and was upset that the Grinch was not given as an option to paint. So, I drew him for her and she sang a song for me as we became fast friends. Another young man delighted the crowd with his spot-on voice impersonations of the characters.

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It was an intense and delightfully exhausting day filled with enlightening antidotes and observations. The vast majority of campers were happy, affectionate and eager to participate, such a fun and loving group of people with exceptional camaraderie toward each other and their Buddies.

I found myself in awe of the Buddies. These young adults, ranging from 16-25, are responsible for their camper 24/7 for the entire week. This may include feeding, hygiene and hand-in-hand painting. The enthusiasm and selflessness of these young adults truly restores my faith in humanity.

A few anecdotes: there is “Rhonda”, a wheelchair bound, middle aged woman without speech. She enjoys art so much she spent the entire day in the studio. I observed her drawing a circular pattern of smaller dots. I interpreted her drawing as a rosary so I created a similar pattern but leaving a space after each group of ten smaller dots. I then asked her where the “our Father goes” and she proceeded to put dots in the gaps of the pattern and then drew a line over the entire dotted circle. Her Buddy then spelled out Rhonda’s name in dots and she was able to follow the pattern to spell out her name. It was a huge breakthrough.

Then there was “Mikey”, a man in his 30’s with developmental and severe speech impairment. The moment he walked into the studio, he lunged into an embrace with me, sobbing on my shoulder. The director suspects that I had reminded him of a loved one. I was able to cheer him up by giving him my name tag and getting him started on his project painting hand in hand.

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I observed a huge volume of left handedness, the most I have seen in a group setting in my career. I saw people with mental “disability” display expertise in specific areas: a girl who knew maps: she asked where CJCC was located. When I said next to the 405 near Harbor Blvd, she asked if it was off Susan or Hyland. She then asked where I lived and gave me the best route home and yet she could not name colors.

RAD Camp is an incredible organization and a pleasure to work with.

What’s Up Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones Opens June 13 at EMP Museum, Seattle

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What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” opens Saturday, June 13 at the EMP Museum, Seattle; the exhibit closes mid-January 2016. If you’re in the area or planning to travel to Seattle, it is a not-to-be-missed experience for fans of Chuck Jones, animation, and art.  The exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of the Moving Image, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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New in the Gallery: Caricatures by Thornton Hee (AKA T. Hee)

It’s hard to believe, but this is the 85th birthday of Warner Bros. Animation. You have to imagine a group of young men, many in their mid-20s, employed in animation during the Great Depression. How will they entertain themselves? One way was through caricature. Each of them in their own style would skewer the uppity, rib(ald) the randy, and generally make good-natured fun of their associates. The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present a collection for sale of caricatures of animators, directors, story writers, and others from the hand of Thornton Hee.

Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng as imagined by T. Hee.

Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng as imagined by T. Hee. For information about the availability of these drawings, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant. Phone numbers available at the end of the post.

Thornton Hee was one of these young men. Although his legendary status was in its formative years, he was noted for his quick wit and sharp pencil. Hee is known for working at the biggest and the best Hollywood studios, such as Disney, directing the “Dance of the Hours” segment of “Fantasia”. Later he worked at UPA (United Productions of America) where he was responsible for story and designs for many of their classic Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, and other one-shot cartoons.

Tex Avery by Thornton Hee

Tex Avery by Thornton Hee

But, for two years, 1935-36, T. Hee helped revolutionize the Warner Bros. animation style. His designs for the caricatures of Hollywood movie stars were used in the classic Tex Avery short, “The Coo Coo Nut Grove”, as well as one of Bob Clampett’s shorts, “Russian Rhapsody”.

Ken Harris wasn't safe either from the razor sharp wit of T. Hee.

Ken Harris wasn’t safe either from the razor sharp wit of T. Hee.

Years later, T. Hee, along with veteran Disney director, Jack Hannah, became the heads of the character animation department at CalArts; he later became the chairman of the Fine Arts department at the school.

Tedd Pierce got the Hee treatment.

Tedd Pierce got the Hee treatment.

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Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: 888-294-9880

Chuck Jones Gallery–Costa Mesa: 866-248-2556

Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe: 800-290-5999

Red Dot Auction 2015: The Photos

What a great evening! Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, friends, and artists who came out to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 5th Annual Red Dot Auction this past Friday, May 1, 2015. With a crowd numbering in the 300s, the silent auction was a big success!

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck's grandsons.

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck’s grandsons.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd. They were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and  business maven, Tracy Tanner.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and business maven, Tracy Tanner.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, "Rain" creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, “Rain” creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

The crowd.

The crowd.

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Where do I put my bid?

Where do I put my bid?

Did I win?

Did I win?

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with one of the over 200 contributing artists.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with Mayu Tanimoto, one of the over 225 contributing artists.

Is this where I write my bid?

Is this where I write my bid?

Artist James C. Mulligan

Artist James C. Mulligan and friend.

This one's mine!

This one’s mine!

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Collectors Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana's contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana’s contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

Well, it’s time to start planning the 6th Annual Red Dot Auction! See you next May!

Photos courtesy the incomparable Stephen Russo, longtime volunteer and supporter of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.