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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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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.  

 

Chuck Jones: No Barking

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Considered by some
critics and authors to be one of Chuck Jones’ minor masterpieces, No Barking
took its bow (-wow) in theaters February 27, 1954.  Starring the nervous scavenger of love, food
and affection, Claude Cat, and the irrepressible Frisky Puppy, it details
Claude’s life’s pitfalls and pratfalls, highlights and lowlifes.  Making his only cameo appearance in a career
that began in 1942 with his début in Bob Clampett’s A Tale of Two Kitties
is that blue-eyed avian avenger, Tweety Bird. 

Tweety Bird was first
painted pink (until 1945’s A Gruesome Twosome, when one of the cats calls him
‘a naked genius’ tipping off the censors…) and starred in over forty cartoons
at last count, including the 1947 Oscar-winner, Tweetie Pie (begun by
Clampett and steered to Oscar glory by I. Freleng after Clampett’s departure
from Warner Bros.  Spellings of
Tweety/Tweetie vary from publication to publication and from film to film.)

Cameo appearances by
stars have a long tradition in the film industry and are one of the delights of
the movie-going public.  As unexpected as
it is to see Tweety Bird in a Chuck Jones cartoon, it is that very surprise
that tickles the viewing audience and creates a memorable film experience.  And not only does Tweety make a cameo
appearance, he also utters, that by then ubiquitous catch phrase, “I tawt I taw
a puddy tat!” as Claude Cat goes sailing past him to the wide blue beyond.

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 Uniquely animated by the
very talented Ken Harris, No Barking also was graced with the layouts of
Maurice Noble, story by Michael Maltese and backgrounds by Philip DeGuard.  Mel Blanc provided the voices with musical
direction and orchestrations by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn (musical theme:
“Little Dog Gone”.)

Chuck Jones: Pussyfoot 1951

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Pussyfoot it may be to millions of fans, but to Chuck Jones
Pussyfoot had no permanent name, “…call [him] Everykitten.”   Jones continues, “All the kitten had was the
ability to love, so drawing him was comparatively simple.  A kitten’s ears are much bigger in relation
to the face than an adult cat’s, and as in all young mammals, his forehead is
very high.  I wanted him to be so darling
that you feel you must pick him up and hug him, which is precisely what I
wanted Marc Anthony to want to do.”

Pussyfoot first appeared in the short animated film, Feed
the Kitty
, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.  It bowed (and me-owed) in theaters nationwide
on February 2, 1952.  Robert Gribbroek
was the animator and Philip DeGuard created the backgrounds.  Carl Stalling was the musical director and
with Bea Benaderet as the voice of Marc Anthony’s mistress.

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Pussyfoot 1951 is based upon one of two existing model sheets,
dated a year apart (1950 and 1951.) 
Although many people work on the creation of an animated film, the
characters are always consistent in their delineation because each person
drawing them had the character model sheet with different poses of the
character on it before him.  Directors
often provided more specific guides as well. 
Chuck Jones, for instance, provided several hundred key layout drawings
as well as drawing the model sheets himself. 

Pussyfoot 1951 has been created as a 16 field cel and in an
edition of 100 (with 40 Familial Proofs and 20 Hors de Commerce.)  It bears the authorized signature mark of
Chuck Jones and the holographic seal of Linda Jones Enterprises. 

Filmography for
Pussyfoot, all directed by Chuck Jones:

  • Feed the Kitty (1952)

  • Kiss Me Cat (1953)

  • Feline Frame Up (1954)

  • Cat Feud (1958)

  • Another Froggy Evening

    (cameo, 1995)