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"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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"I Love Lucy" original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25" x 19" unframed.

Lew Loves Lucy! New “Old Hollywood” Portrait by Fran Lew

Master American portrait artist, Fran Lew, has just completed a stunning, evocative portrait of two of old Hollywood’s most enduring stars, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Utilizing her flawless technical skills, Lew has captured the living, breathing embodiment of the spark and beauty of this dynamic husband-and-wife comedy team.

Using her special charcoal pencils and white pastel and working on tinted wove paper, Lew has brought her considerable talents to bear on this unique work of nostalgia. What secret is Lucy cautioning us to keep with her finger poised at her lips? The look of “uh-oh” on Desi’s face may give a clue to the ensuing comedic moment and with so many to choose from, it’s just a matter of memory to bring your laughter to life.

"I Love Lucy" original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25" x 19" unframed.

“I Love Lucy” original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25″ x 19″ unframed.

In Fran Lew’s own words:

Why I Love Lucy

“For decades, millions of “I Love Lucy” fans have fallen in love with the zany, hilarious comedy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. “I Love Lucy” is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine.

“I take pleasure in capturing and sharing the memories of people who we have all come to love and admire. To celebrate the upcoming 65th anniversary of “I Love Lucy”, I created a commemorative portrait of Lucy and Desi as an everlasting tribute to their glamour, comic genius, and contribution to American pop culture.”

For more information or to purchase this work, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant or online at www.ChuckJones.com.

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Santa Fe | 505-983-5999

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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.

"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.

 

"Hand Grenades and Horseshoes", fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

James C. Mulligan at the Chuck Jones Gallery — “May the Jones Be with You”

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.

The Chuck Jones Gallery Comic Con 2016 Commemorative Poster, art by James C. Mulligan.

The Chuck Jones Gallery Comic Con 2016 Commemorative Poster, art by James C. Mulligan.

"Hand Grenades and Horseshoes", fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

“Hand Grenades and Horseshoes”, fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

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“Broomstick Bunny” original painting by James C. Mulligan, acrylic on board.

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Tonight and Tomorrow Night!

Tonight is the Preview night for the Red Dot Auction and tomorrow is the Main Event! We want to thank all of the artists who have participated this year (names below) for their creativity and generosity of spirit. Without them, there would be no Red Dot Auction. Tickets are still available atChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot! Which artist’s work will you go home with Friday evening?

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Bearman  
Julie Bagby
Cindy Beatteay
Bruce Berglund
Mike Bilz
David Bird
Lisa Bolen
Dan Bowden
Teri Brudnak
Eric Calande
Christian Calle
Susan Celis
Benni Cinkle
Rocio Cintron
Susan Clemens
Anna Marie Crovetti
Amanda Crum
Cynthia Damiano
Cory De Yonker
Jeff DeGrandis
Denise Dion-Scoyni
Luke Duong
Lily Dye
Bob Elias
Steve Ellis
Michael C. Falk
Ron Ferdinand
Brian James Fichtner
Olivia Forrester
Hope Freleng
Mako Fufu
Steve Gamba
Sharon Gauthier
John Gaydos
Katie Gerlt
Eric Goldberg
Reece Gomez
Rebecca Gomez
Audrey Gonzalez
Zachary Goodson
Oksana Grineva
Sabrina Griswold
Kevin Gross
Samuel Jr. Guerrero
Terri Hardin
Ken Harris
Sylvia Hasbach
Dave Hausman
Alexis Hejna
Allen Helbig
Michele Chaffe Hill
Gary Hogue
Jeremy Holden
John Howitt
Marian Jones
Andrew Jones
Linda Jones
Darren Jones
Naylene Justis
Samantha Kausen
Craig Kausen
Daniel Killen
Daniel Killen
Heather Knapowski
Mary C Knapp
Mike Kungl
Mike Kungl
Mike Kupka
Carolyn Le
Fran Lew
Lori Lewis
Hannah Lieberman
Annette Lily
Doug Lothers
Martha Lothers
Noelle Lucia
Larissa Marantz
S.O. Mable Martin
Jamie Martin
Erica McCay
Gina McMillen
Tony Meador
Pamala Meador
Hillary Miller
Ylenia Mino
Mini Mukherjee
Jimmy Mulligan
Micah Murray
Fabio Napoleoni
Jimm Nawrocki
Olivia Nicoll
TJ Novy
Brian Oakley
Cesilia Ochoa
Ben Olson
Anthony W. Owens
Tina Palmer
Krissta Passanante
Robert Patrick
Stephanie Perez
Charles Perkins
Melissa Mae Phillips
Enrique Pita
Katy Price
Maria Reverberi
Andrea Rosales
Andrea Rosales
Scott Ryder
Brenda Salamone
Luis Salazar
Andrea Salisbury
Eric Scales
Michael Scharf
Selrahc Senoj
Debbie Sleeper
Jennifer Sleeper
Jeffrey Speiser
Margaret Spurlock
Christina Stone
Jay Stone
Mike Sullivan
Eva Szilagyi
Tommy Szurgot
Ron Szurgot II
Jerry “T-WACK” Talley
Mayu Tanimoto
Laura Tanimoto
Eric & Bill Teitelbaum
Martin Tesch
Wayne Todd
Taylor Rose Trujillo
June Valentine-Ruppe
Anna Vanover
Mick Victor
Will Vochelli
Miracle Wallace
Ben Washam
Anne Waterman-Tanner
Vernon Williams
John Yasutomi

Which Artist’s Work Will You Take Home at the Red Dot Auction?

With just a week left before the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Naylene Justis.

Naylene Justis

Naylene Justis has been fascinated by drawing since she was able to hold a crayon. She has been equally fascinated with silliness, and so cartoons have been a lifelong passion. She studied animation at Cal State Fullerton where she graduated in 2012. She currently works as a caricature artist at Downtown Disney turning real people into cartoon drawings. When she isn’t drawing cartoons or devouring mammoth novels she can often be found volunteering at the Chuck Jones Center.

Will you go home with Naylene’s donation to this year’s Red Dot Auction? Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with this Year at the Red Dot Auction?

With just a week left before the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Jimm Nawrocki.

Jimm Nawrocki

My current work is mixed media collage with a facial or figurative imagery focus.

I generally start out with an image that I have manipulated with the computer and print out this image on my ink jet printer.  I then take that image, make different versions of it through additional manipulations, and cut and paste parts of these versions onto the original image to create a new image.  I will also add different elements, tape, googly eyes, stickers, news print, wire mesh, cardboard or whatever, to the image to change it even more.

I don’t know that I have a specific goal or end result in mind when I go through this building process.  I am very much drawn to making the image into something else, pushing it into a different direction, and just seeing what happens.  I want my creation to have a certain ambiguity or uncertainty.  My art should express a range of ideas and give the viewer something to think about.

This is Jimm’s sixth year contributing a work to the Red Dot Auction; will you go home with it? Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with this Year at the Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist June Valentine-Ruppe.

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June was born and raised in California where she continues to pursue her love of drawing, illustrating and painting. For over 20 years she has illustrated more than 120 collectable children’s books for Publishers such as Disney, Random House, Scholastic, Golden Books, Lyrick and Publishers International. In these books, June illustrated licensed Characters including: Sesame Street Characters; Disney Characters, such as the Fab Five, Little Mermaid and Winnie The Pooh; Lamb Chop and Friends; and Barney the Dinosaur, among many others. But, according to June, “ my real love has always been painting on canvas, which gives me the freedom to create my own original art work. I love bringing interesting characters to life”.

Will you go home with June’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids