Category Archives: Inspiration

Bob Elias — March 22, 1949 — August 5, 2018

We connected with Bob only a decade ago when I learned about his passion for Creativity and the Arts and also for the art and films of Chuck Jones.


I think for some people, it is not only the achievements and the work that they produce while they are on this earth, I think sometimes it is about the quality and sincerity they bring to what they do.

Bob definitely was an incredible artist who brought a perfection to his craft throughout his life and was renowned in so many circles over decades. But what struck me most of all about him was his genuine love and caring for those he came in contact with. He had such a gentle glow that permeated all those around him. His humanity was only matched by his humility.

Whether it was the twinkle in his eye as he mentored a youngster as he painted or the joy in his smile as he sang the theme song from the Grinch to amazed onlookers, he brought out a stillness and calm that brought pause to us all.

No words can come close to fully describing a person like Bob because there was an infinite goodness about him. Every time I saw him with someone there was a truly sincere attentiveness by him and it was obvious he felt the other person was more important to him in that moment than he was.

I miss him now and I will miss him for a long time to come.

Peace be with you Bob, and all of us who love him.

Craig

Craig Kausen is Chuck Jones’s grandson and the president of the Chuck Jones Companies

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.

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.

VALENTINI! O, HOW DO I LOVE THEE?

MARTINIS + ART-MAKING

…let me count the ways…

Gaze into the eyes of your loved one and/or your best friend as you paint their portrait or express the colors of your heart through brushstrokes.

DELICIOUS ARTISANAL MARTINIS + APPETIZERS 

My love is like a red, red rose.

…will be served as we paint 12″ square canvas to classical music. Bring your plus one and come EXERCISE YOUR GENIUS with usand enjoy a creative, fun, and entertaining evening!

Valentini 2017 in full bloom!

VALENTINI is scheduled for Sunday, February 11 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Center. $75 per couple or $130 for two couples includes two martinis per person. Dining options available at South Coast Collection (SoCo). Buy your tickets here: ChuckJonesCenter! Proceeds from ticket and raffle sales benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity.

 

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–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