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"Tunnel Vision" acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24", by Daniel Killen

The Droll Wit and Wisdom of Artist Daniel Killen

Do you suffer from “Tunnel Vision”? Let our art consultants give you a little “Friendly Advice” about the original paintings and drawings by the inimitable and thoroughly unique Daniel Killen that are currently on view and for sale in the Chuck Jones Galleries.

"Tunnel Vision" acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24", by Daniel Killen

“Tunnel Vision” acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 24″, by Daniel Killen

Daniel, with his background in animation (“Iron Giant”, “Space Jam”), brings his gimlet eye to the Looney Tunes characters made famous by Chuck Jones. With his droll sense of humor on full display in these exquisite works of art, whether in acrylics on canvas or Prismacolor pencils on toned paper, each one comes complete with gag and punchline. You’re guaranteed to laugh every day when you look at his work in your home.

"Friendly Advice" Prismacolor pencil on toned paper, 10" x 8", by Daniel Killen

“Friendly Advice” Prismacolor pencil on toned paper, 10″ x 8″, by Daniel Killen

His expertise with a brush will leave you wondering how he even applied the paint, the canvas surface is as smooth as a glacier. And his drawings are as perfect as you’d imagine from this master comedic artist.

In the artist's studio.

In the artist’s studio.

For more information and to view the entire Daniel Killen oeuvre, contact gallery director, Michael Fiacco, in our San Diego gallery, 619-294-9880 or write SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Bob Elias painting at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Orange County at the hip new shopping experience, South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa.

Master Colorist, Bob Elias, at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County

Now on exhibit and for sale at the gallery, master colorist Bob Elias’s “Weight for It!” With his trademark color-blocked landscapes and interiors in which he sets the action, artist Bob Elias always delivers striking and whimsical scenarios using the characters made famous by Chuck Jones. In this instance, Wile E. Coyote finds himself between an anvil and a Road Runner at the moment of realization that the law of gravity will once again win out.

"Weight for It!" acrylic on canvas by Bob Elias, 24" square.

“Weight for It!” acrylic on canvas by Bob Elias, 24″ square.

Have you met Bob? If not, you’re missing out–this is a man who’s done it all, from sign-painting in San Francisco to leading wildlife expeditions in Montana and everything in between. His wealth of life experiences plays out in his beautifully rendered canvases and his unique take on life shines through in the way he uses color to balance and to enhance the action of the painting. For more information about this painting and other works of art by Bob Elias, please contact Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant, Carol Erickson at 949-274-4834.

Bob Elias painting at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Orange County at the hip new shopping experience, South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa.

Bob Elias painting at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Orange County at the hip new shopping experience, South Coast Collection (SoCo) in Costa Mesa.

P.S. Bob’s an accomplished singer and if you ask nicely, he’ll dig out his basso profundo and sing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” for you.

"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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Commission a Portrait of a Loved One for Valentine’s Day

Each week leading up to Valentine’s Day 2016, we’ll feature an artist and a suggestion for a gift of art for your sweetheart. This week it’s Master American Portrait Artist, Fran Lew.

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“Scarlet and Rhett: Gone with the Wind”, original charcoal and white pastel on toned paper by Fran Lew

What better way to memorialize your love this Valentine’s Day than with a portrait of your beloved by noted American master portrait artist, Fran Lew? With her rich use of texture and subtle emotional undercurrent, Lew’s drawings are more than mere representation; she breathes life into them. What would, in lesser hands, be a fine portrait, become living beings in hers. Her unique ability to reach deeply inside her own self to discover the emotional core of her subject separates Lew from other portrait artists. Portraits begin at $3200 for a single subject.

Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for details:                                                   San Diego 888-294-9880 | Costa Mesa 866-248-2556 | Santa Fe 800-290-5999

About Fran Lew

Fran Lew is Contemporary Realist, trained in Academic Classical Realism. She is best known for her portraits. Lew’s training reaches back to the 19th century French Academy. Her subjects include heads of state, captains of industry, Nobel Laureates, distinguished members of the clergy and medical profession, along with stars of stage and film. Lew’s original work can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections.

 

 

Shop Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28! + Holiday Events at the Chuck Jones Galleries

SS_Logo_Clean_Blue This year, the Chuck Jones Galleries in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and Santa Fe, will be participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015. This is a great time for you to show your support of local businesses that put their “all” into small business. The Chuck Jones Galleries will feature a special promotion for that day only, details to be revealed next week.

 

HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE CHUCK JONES GALLERIES!

Larry Leichliter at SDG 2015_7x5Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, Saturday, December 5 from 5 to 8 PM, RSVP 888-294-9880. The artist will be dedicating artwork purchased that evening.

And at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe

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An exhibition and sale of original art by Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Mike Kungl, Markus Pierson, Fran Lew, and all animation studios.

Friday, December 11 from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, December 12 from 3 to 6 PM. Refreshments will be served. RSVP 800-290-5999. The gallery is located at 126 West Water St., Santa Fe, NM 87501.

 

William Shatner at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

During Comic Con 2015, on Saturday, July 11, William Shatner, the iconic actor most noted for his role as Captain James Kirk in the television series and the movies “Star Trek” slipped unnoticed through a back door of the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego and stepped into a room full of cameras, press, and VIP collectors.

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He spoke to the crowd about the genesis of the “Man O’ War” cinematic graphic novel and its art program, cracked a few choice jokes, and then he, along with the team of artists responsible for the art for the “Man O’ War” cinematic graphic novel, took turns embellishing and signing one of the canvas editions available for sale that evening.

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Chuck Jones Gallery presented Mr. Shatner with a hand-painted cel art edition of Pepe le Pew which he acknowledged was his favorite Looney Tunes character.

Mr. Shatner greets an admiring fan at the reception in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.

Mr. Shatner greets an admiring fan at the reception in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.

He then met with individual collectors and signed their recently acquired works of art from “Man O’ War” and graciously had his photo taken with them.

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William Shatner seen here with Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery.

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And after all of the hoopla, the hand-shaking, signing, and smiling, Mr. Shatner just as quietly as he arrived, slipped out of the gallery and disappeared into the night.

Photos by Stephen Russo

Visit Our New Location in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

The Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe has moved to a new location, 126 W. Water St. at the corner of Ortiz. Our new gallery location is in a beautiful adobe building; the interior has an intimate and welcoming feeling to it with nooks and crannies to explore. We believe you’ll find it the perfect place to visit when you’re in Santa Fe to view all of the latest offerings from Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, Fabio Napoleoni, Mike Kungl, and many others.

Chuck Jones Gallery, 126 W. Water St., at Ortiz in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Chuck Jones Gallery, 126 W. Water St., at Ortiz in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gallery Director, Toshi Sanchez, center, is flanked by art consultant and gallery assistant, Erin Gould, on the left; art consultant Jessica Haring is on the right.

Gallery Director, Toshi Sanchez, center, is flanked on the left by art consultant and gallery assistant, Erin Gould; art consultant Jessica Haring is on the right. 

The gallery is open seven days a week. For more information, call toll free 800-290-5999 or local 505-983-5999.

The gallery is open seven days a week. For more information, call toll free 800-290-5999 or local 505-983-5999.

Painter Fabio Napoleoni Unveils an Exclusive Edition at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

Artist Fabio Napoleoni, in an appearance last Friday evening at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter, created quite a stir when he unveiled a recent painting that paid homage to the life and times of Chuck Jones. Titled "It Doesn't Bite", this charming and evocative image features Napoleoni's iconic everyman character, the rag doll Marcenivo, reaching out to a somewhat befuddled Bugs Bunny, with a heart of friendship. 

"It Doesn't Bite" has been created as a limited edition, signed and numbered, fine art reproduction on paper, exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery. There are only 57 examples with 17 hand-embellished Artist Proofs available. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more information at 888-294-9880 or online at ChuckJones.com.  

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A Couple of Fine Lines: “Debonair” & “Au Contraire”

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From the hand of master animator and director, Eric Goldberg ("Looney Tunes: Back in Action!", "The Princess and the Frog") the Chuck Jones Galleries are pleased to present this exquisite pair of fine art serigraphs on paper.  Goldberg's innovative take on the classic characters immortalized by the legendary Chuck Jones strikes a balance between the classical world of fine art and the delightfully zany world of the animated film.  

 

Hand-cut, hand-pulled and printed at one of America's premier serigraph workshops, "Debonair" (Bugs Bunny) and "Au Contraire" (Daffy Duck) represent the acme of this centuries-old printing process.   Goldberg's beautifully rendered ink line has been carefully reproduced in an edition of 150 (18" x 10" printed on archival cotton rag paper) with 25 Artist Proofs (30.5" x 18" printed on fine hand-made Japanese rice paper.) 
Call today for more information and to reserve your "Debonair" & "Au Contraire" for your collection.  Also available online by clicking here.

 

Notes on “Watership Down”

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In 1973, Richard Adams’ acclaimed novel Watership Down sold over 30 million copies.  Epic in scope and human in detail, the band of intrepid rabbits led by Hazel, Fiver and Bigwig strike out on an adventure in search of a new home.

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Original production cels (gouache on acetate) on original matching background layout (mixed media on paper.)

 
In 1978, famed producer and writer, Martin Rosen (Women in Love) brought to the silver screen the much loved story of this group of rabbits.  Conceived, written and produced by Mr. Rosen, Watership Down the animated film was met with tremendous critical and audience praise.  (Four-time Academy Award-winning animators Faith and John Hubley [Moonbird, The Story of an *] developed and designed the opening fable sequence.)

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Original production cel set-up (gouache on acetate) for the opening sequence of "Watership Down" designed and animated by John and Faith Hubley. 

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Original production cel (gouache on acetate) from the opening sequence of "Watership Down". 

Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times said of the film, “An epic told with elegance, wit and persuasive detail.  It is lyrical, literal, very exciting, often very funny and entirely enchanting.  As it is the best scripted, so it must surely be the best acted animation feature of all.”

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Original concept art, mixed media on paper and acetate, for "Watership Down."

What is it about?  A city-state is doomed.  Cassandra-like, a visionary rabbit (Fiver) prophesies the coming calamity.  Together with a small but resolute band of fellows, he sets off for safety and some dimly apprehended place that he has seen in his dreams.  The little band travels across an immense landscape, meeting with strange and fearful adventures on its way.  Such a journey Odysseus made—and the comparison is not inapt.  This great adventure finds its ultimate fulfillment on Watership Down where, after winning battles and surviving harrowing ordeals, harmony is at last established and the future is assured.

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Original layout drawing, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper.

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Original production cel (gouache on acetate) with, from left, Silver, Pipkin, Fiver and Bigwig.


Such noted actors as John Hurt (Hazel,) Sir Ralph Richardson (Chief Rabbit,) Zero Mostel (Kehaar the seagull,) Denholm Elliott (Cowslip) and Nigel Hawthorne (Campion) provided the voice characterizations.  Art Garfunkel’s lyrical single “Bright Eyes,” from the soundtrack became the second biggest selling single in British recording history at the time.

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Original production cel (gouache on acetate) with photo-reproduced background with, from left, Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and Blackberry.

Watership Down is one of the best animated films since the heyday of Disney…the story seems to have slipped easily and delightfully on to the screen…the film is remarkably beautiful to look at.” –Financial Times, London, U.K.