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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

New from Lew! Star Trek Stars

We know that master portrait artist Fran Lew creates life whenever she puts charcoal to paper and it’s no different in her latest work, “Star Trek Stars”. This monumental portrait of James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), measures an impressive 25″ x 19″ and is one of the most dramatic portraits to come out of her atelier.

With its dense application of charcoal in the furthest reaches of deep space to the brilliant burst of light from the Starship Enterprise that helps define the the two characters, Lew has captured the mystery and drama of the “Star Trek” phenomenon.

With Kirk focused directly on the viewer and Spock looking amused at what we can only imagine are the foibles and unreasonableness of the human race, Lew has found the chemistry that made this television duo so potent and captivating for generations of fans.

“Star Trek Stars” is now available for acquisition at your Chuck Jones Gallery. Framed beautifully with the finest archival materials, “Star Trek Stars” is ready to be enjoyed for generations of art connoisseurs.

Did you know that Fran Lew is museum-collected? Besides work at the Cornell Museum, one of her first works was purchased for the permanent collection of the Sherwin Miller Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Lead Us in Peace” was painted by Lew in the early 1980s and acquired that same year by the museum. It is an impressive oil painting measuring 34″ x 50″ and depicts the founding prime ministers of Israel, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, and Moshe Dayan (left to right).

Her brilliance is capturing the essence of her subjects without forfeiting the integrity of the realism genre. Subtle, concise, and heartfelt, her application of paint (in this instance), allows the viewer to appreciate the innate compassion of the subjects while reinforcing their strength. A hallmark of the artist in not only her earliest work, but of her most recent.

New at the Chuck Jones Gallery: Kungl, Killen, Shelby & Sandy!

NEW PALETTE KNIFE PORTRAITS BY MIKE KUNGL

The Chuck Jones Gallery has represented the critically acclaimed contemporary Art Deco master artist, Mike Kungl, for more than a decade. Collectors from around the world count his inspired Looney Tunes artwork among their most treasured.

Photo of Mike Kungl and Sierra by Mark Rightmire

Photo of Mike Kungl and Sierra by Mark Rightmire

The artist has recently been the subject of extensive media coverage, both in print and television, all focused on his incredible body of work and his devotion to rescuing dogs and other animals. The City of Anaheim, California, featured him on their website, watch it by clicking here.

The strength of an artist is their ability to dream and evolve and find new ways of expressing themselves. We’re pleased to introduce new original work from Mike that will surprise and delight you as well as a new series of limited original mixed media works, the “Where’s It @ POP!” series.

“These paintings were a loose, fun, and whimsical departure for me. It’s been liberating and a lot of fun; great things happen when you scrape paint across the canvas with a metal blade!” –Mike Kungl on his new series of Palette Knife Portraits

"Gossamer", acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl

“Gossamer”, acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″, by Mike Kungl

The Palette Knife Portrait Series is a delightful departure from the structured contemporary Art Deco style Mike has perfected during his life as an artist. With a fresh eye, he has let loose the strictures and disciplines required for his Art Deco contemporary work and allowed the paint to tell its story and by doing so, enhancing the Looney Tunes characters’ personalities we all know and love so well.

"Bugs Bunny" acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl

“Bugs Bunny” acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″, by Mike Kungl

Alongside this fresh new take on classical painting genres, Mike has developed a new series of limited original fine art mixed media works on canvas, the “Where’s It @, POP!” series.

"Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote", 20" x 30", mixed media on canvas, edition of five.

“Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote”, 20″ x 30″, mixed media on canvas, edition of five.

Our first release in the series is a fine art mixed media reproduction on canvas titled, “Acme Blueprint–Wile E.Coyote”. Mike Kungl has spent several hours hand-embellishing each of the ONLY five, that’s right, just 5 examples in this edition. Each of the 20″ x 30″ works will be unique, embellished with sparkling glitter, gel paint, and acrylics and presented gallery-wrapped and ready to hang in your home, office, or Acme workroom. Kungl’s extraordinary color sense, playfulness, and eye for detail is prevalent in each unique work in the edition of five.

Hidden Treasures, print on canvas, free with purchase of "Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote"

Hidden Treasures, print on canvas, free with purchase of “Acme Blueprint: Wile E. Coyote”

But that’s not all! Mike Kungl has hidden 10 treasures in each canvas–waiting to be discovered by you and your family, friends, and associates! Before you know it, you’ll be shouting, “Where’s it @, Pop!” Each example comes with a framed “Hidden Treasures” logo and list of objects waiting to be found as our gift to you.

This premier edition from the “Where’s It @ Pop?” series is available for just $2500 unframed. Add a floater frame for only $350 more. Remember this unique edition is limited to only five examples. Reserve yours today!

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NEW FROM ARTIST DANIEL KILLEN

The inimitable and droll master animation artist, Daniel Killen (“Iron Giant”, “Looney Tunes: Back in Action!”), presents his latest work for the Chuck Jones Gallery, “Semi-Struck”. This fine art reproduction on canvas measures an impressive 15″ x 20″ and is gallery-wrapped and ready to hang in your home, office, or subterranean man-cave. Limited to just 25 signed and numbered examples, “Semi-Struck” is sure to please even the ACME Company.

"Semi-Struck", fine art reproduction on canvas, 15" x 20", edition of 25, by Daniel Killen

“Semi-Struck”, fine art reproduction on canvas, 15″ x 20″, edition of 25, by Daniel Killen

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The dynamic artists/brothers, Shelby and Sandy, will make their first gallery appearance in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as our special guests for a reception in their honor at our Chuck Jones Gallery on Friday, June 23, 2017. You will not want to miss the opportunity to meet these highly sought-after young Los Angeles-based artists! Premiering a new collection of paintings. Contact the gallery director, Toshi Sanchez, at 505-983-5999 to RSVP or to be placed on the preview list.

Terri Hardin and Looney Tunes Fortune Tellers at Red Dot Auction!

The incomparable Terri Hardin, Disney Imagineer, sculptress, puppeteer, creator (you know those Foster Farm chickens, right? Terri created them) has designed the most amazing Looney Tunes Fortune Tellers EVER! She’ll be folding them on Saturday, May 6th for a donation to the Center. Add them to your “must have” list!

Tickets for the Red Dot Auction are available at www.ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Be there or be square!

 

The Incredible Work of Master Portrait Artist, Fran Lew

Fran Lew, a name synonymous with the greatest of American portrait artists such as John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, and Norman Rockwell, is without contemporary peer. Her unerring eye for detail and her sensitive rendering of the emotional undercurrent of the sitter, whether for a commissioned private portrait as seen below, or for one of her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” celebrity portraits, is truly inspiring.

Portrait of a Young Woman, collection of the artist and not for sale.

Portrait of a Young Woman, collection of the artist and not for sale.

You see it in her handling of the subtleties of the planes of the cheeks, the curve of the lips, the brilliant life streaming from the eyes of the subject, all are captured by the sure hand and artistic genius of Lew.

Audrey Hepburn, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 14" x 11" by Fran Lew.

Audrey Hepburn, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 14″ x 11″ by Fran Lew.

What makes an artist shine like this? Fran Lew exhibits an innate understanding of how to capture the essence of her subject with the finesse and subtlety deserving of the most important people in our lives.

Fran Lew’s work is represented by the Chuck Jones Galleries. She is now taking portrait commissions, both personal and from her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” series, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for details and availability.

Inspired by Chuck Jones

Artists Karen and Tony Barone, featured artists in our San Diego Chuck Jones Gallery through April 13, have honored the influence Chuck Jones has had on their art and their life in their website’s “Blob”. Yes, that’s right, it’s not a “Blog”, but a “Blob”. Written by Tony, the “Blob” covers all sorts of topics. The most recent posting, #9, centers on the Chuck Jones inspiration they’ve channeled in their most recent work, “Bugs Bunny in a Hare-Raising Experience”.

Chuck Jones by Karen and Tony Barone.

Chuck Jones by Karen and Tony Barone after a photograph by Karsh of Ottawa.

Tony writes, “I am a composite of skills and knowledge inherited from all those artists who have come before me.

“In my most recent incarnation, I am channeling artist Chuck Jones, the world’s most collected cartoonist, animator, filmmaker and Pop art practitioner. The impressions he left on me when I was a “baby” artist, but an artist none-the-less, are indelible. Now that I am more skilled, I am even more aware of how skilled he is. I say “is” because although he passed in 2002 at nearly 90, I speak of him in the present because I continue to “draw” from him.” Read the rest of his inspiration at the “Blob” on BaroneArt.com.

Down the Rabbit Hole–Press Release

Down the Rabbit Hole

POP Art Stars Karen and Tony Barone Debut in San Diego

Bugs Bunny in a Hair-Raising Experience to Be Unveiled

Pooka Polka Paintings to Premier

San Diego, CA: POP Art stars and long-time Coachella Valley society scene-sters, Karen and Tony Barone, will be the guests of honor at Down the Rabbit Hole, an exhibition of sculpture and recent works on canvas and paper premiering at the Chuck Jones Gallery in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Opening night reception is Friday, March 17 from 5 to 8 PM. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is recommended at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego.

American master POP artists, Karen and Tony Barone, have wowed the art world over the last three decades with their original and inspired take on contemporary culture. Like Chuck Jones, they have their finger firmly planted on the pulse of the Zeitgeist, a rare ability shared only by the greatest contemporary artists.

It is this unique ability to seamlessly meld their point of view with that of Jones’s that inspired them to create a work in homage to the creative force of Chuck Jones. Their unique perspective, already steeped in contemporary society, lends a modern sensibility to this classic, living character. Promptly at 6 PM on Friday, March 17, their most recent painting, Bugs Bunny in a Hair-Raising Experience, will be unveiled at the gallery.

Chuck Jones, a four-time Academy Award recipient and Director’s Guild member, is perhaps best known for being one of the fathers of the iconic cartoon character, Bugs Bunny. His art, the art of the animated film, has been shown in museums around the globe, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the EMP Museum in Seattle. His films have been celebrated at international film festivals including Telluride, Zagreb, and Chicago. He has been the recipient of five honorary doctorates as well as the prestigious MacDowell Colony Medal.

The Chuck Jones Gallery welcomes Karen and Tony Barone to its roster of exceptional historical and contemporary artists. “After meeting Karen and Tony, I walked away with the understanding that they are the ultimate creative team who bring smiles and intrigue to everything they do. They are smart, joyful professionals who put their jubilant spirit into their unique work,” said Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson and president of the Chuck Jones Galleries.

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About the Gallery: Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the vibrant center of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter at 232 Fifth Avenue is the destination for collectors and visitors from around the world. Celebrating 30 years of bringing the finest in the art of American Pop Culture to collectors and aficionados, the gallery features work not only by its namesake, Chuck Jones, but also by Dr. Seuss, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, Charles Schulz, Fran Lew, Shelby & Sandy, and now, Karen and Tony Barone. The Chuck Jones Gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 to 6 PM with extended weekend hours. 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com for more information.

Interview opportunities with Karen & Tony Barone available. Images available upon request. Contact gallery director, Michael Fiacco, 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

“Rubes” Cartoonist, Leigh Rubin” to Appear at Nashville, TN Library!

Attention Nashville, TN residents and those in the surrounding area!!!
 
Our friend, cartoonist and animal lover, Leigh Rubin, of “Rubes” fame, will be feted at the Nashville, TN downtown library on Monday, February 6 beginning at 6 PM. Sponsored by Nashville’s daily paper, the Tennessean. It’s free and open to the public. Leigh’s a very funny man and if you can see him live, you should do so! Be there or be square!
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Down the Rabbit Hole! A Studio Visit with Karen and Tony Barone

The Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego is pleased to announce that they will host a major exhibition of the POP art of internationally acclaimed husband and wife collaborative artists, Karen and Tony Barone. The Chuck Jones Blog visited these amazing artist’s studio in what they call their “Paradiso Secco” (dry paradise), located in the world-famous Coachella Valley.

A warren of 9' aluminum rabbits greet you upon arrival to the courtyard of the Barone's artistic haven.

A warren of 9′ aluminum rabbits greet you upon arrival to the courtyard of the Barone’s artistic haven.

The charming, witty, and gregarious Tony is the first to greet his guests, and then, the striking Karen, a woman of great warmth and beauty makes her entrance — tiny and outrageously coiffed and made – up, a super heroine for our times.

Deep shadows reflected on the stucco walls of the Barone home and studio/atelier. The outer walls and paving stones have been painted with dark gray ovoids, mimicking the sculpture and the setting.

Deep shadows reflected on the stucco walls of the Barone home and studio/atelier. The outer walls and paving stones have been painted with dark gray ovoids, mimicking the sculpture and the setting.

Karen and Tony met “cute” — on Chicago’s “el” one day and ever since have been creating art, sculpture, and architecture. Famous for their work with Rich Melman’s Lettuce Entertain You group of themed restaurants, the Barones designed and developed such notable Chicago eateries as Zanadu, Lawrence of Oregano, Tango, and the Brewery.

Tony, front, and backed by his wife, Karen, at the entrance to the pool area of their home where visitors are greeted by giant cas and dogs.

Tony, front, and backed by his wife, Karen, at the entrance to the pool area of their home where visitors are greeted by giant cas and dogs.

When Chicago grew too small for the dynamic duo, they packed up their studio and moved to New York’s SOHO district where they opened one of the very first galleries in the now ubiquitous neighborhood.

"Pop Art" a corner painting in the atelier next to the pool in the Barone's compound.

“Pop Art” a corner painting in the atelier next to the pool in the Barone’s compound.

Karen and Tony escorted us around the exterior of their mid-century modern home, with its steel gray ovals set against the white stucco all the while discussing their art, which is their life, their respect for art history, and where they find inspiration.

Inside the atelier are work benches with the tools for making art.

Inside the atelier are work benches with the tools for making art.

It’s obvious that their life is consumed by creating. There wasn’t a space in their atelier, studio, home, and grounds that didn’t contain artwork, finished and works-in-progress. They complete each other’s sentences–and we found out that now Tony, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, hones his drawing skills by laying out their canvas works, and that Karen, patient and steady of hand, applies the paint. A true collaboration between great friends, lovers, and artists. It’s truly heart-warming.

"We R Watching" (detail), acrylic on canvas by Karen and Tony Barone.

“We R Watching U” (detail), acrylic on canvas by Karen and Tony Barone.

We spent several hours with Karen and Tony that day–it went by in a flash. They’re voluble, funny, delightfully droll, hip and with a finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist. Which makes for an awesome experience, either in person or when you view their art…they’re right there with you.

Karen and Tony Barone have created a painting in homage to Chuck Jones. It’s so incredible, we’re not going to show it to you. You’ll have to wait until the reception for their exhibition, “Down the Rabbit Hole” opens, Friday, March 17 at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego. RSVP or for more information, write SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Craig Kausen, far right, Chuck Jones's grandson, and president of the Chuck Jones Galleries with Karen and Tony Barone in their studio. What's behind the red curtain?

Craig Kausen, far right, Chuck Jones’s grandson, and president of the Chuck Jones Galleries with Karen and Tony Barone in their studio. What’s behind the red curtain?

To learn more about the Barones, visit  BaroneArt.

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.