Category Archives: Other Artists of Note

Wisdom and Nonsense — New from Michael Summers

Exclusively ours through Sunday, October 1st, “Wisdom and Nonsense” by Michael Summers! This master artist and muralist has created a stunning new work of art that captures the beauty and mystery of nature in a dynamic and optically vibrant manner.

“Wisdom and Nonsense” a fine art giclee on canvas by Michael Summers, 24″ x 18″, hand-embellished by the artist, limited to just 75 examples plus Artist Proofs. Call for pricing and availability.

When asked what his inspiration was for this work of art, Summers shared a few quotes that had been tumbling inside his head as he conceptualized the art.

“Eschew the ordinary, disdain the commonplace. If you have a single-minded need for something, let it be the unusual, the esoteric, the bizarre, the unexpected.”– Chuck Jones
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” — Ray Bradbury (Who when queried at a later-in-his-year’s birthday party, “what do you want when you grow up?”, replied, “I want to be fourteen years old, just like Chuck Jones.”)
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”– Roald Dahl
And so, his choice of an owl, a symbol of wisdom, as subject matter.  Summers has placed it in a playful, colorful pose to add a little fun nonsense. Because no matter how wise you want to be, sometimes it is just fun to play in the rain.
Click the image to order online at ChuckJones.com. Michael Summers will appear at our San Diego gallery tonight, Friday, September 28 and again on Saturday, September 29th. Call 619-294-9880 for more details.

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.

Art Star Publishers Gather at the Chuck Jones Gallery

The stars aligned last night at the San Diego Chuck Jones Gallery “Art of Star Wars” gala reception for artists Rob Kaz and Rodel Gonzalez during Comic Con International–San Diego. It’s not often you can get publishers and artist representatives from all the major studios in one room at the same time, but last night was that night.

Standing from left: Scott Coleman of James Coleman Studios, publisher of the “Art of Star Wars” with ACME Archives; Jerry Beck, famed author and animation historian; Ari Goldman, owner of Choice Art Group and publisher of the Marvel Comics fine art; Michelle Smart, artist representative extraordinaire; Eric Lange of Collector’s Editions; Jim Lentz, head of the animation department at Heritage Auctions; Michael Young, CEO of Collector’s Editions and publisher of Disney Fine Art; Mike Dicken, National Sales Director for the Chuck Jones Galleries; seated from left, Joel Shapiro, Sales Manager, Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, and Scott Dicken, VP of Retail Sales for Linda Jones Enterprises, publisher of the art of Chuck Jones.

Today’s events at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego–232 Fifth Avenue–in the heart of the historic Gas Lamp Quarter and just one-half block north of the Convention Center include a meet & greet with actor and star of the upcoming feature film, “The Samuel Project”, Ryan Ochoa, from 11:30 to 2:30 PM; The Art of Marvel Comics with special guest artist, James C. Mulligan from 3 to 6 PM and a “Nap Time” a reception for American Art Star, Fabio Napoleoni, from 7 to 10 PM featuring his iconic Marcenivo. Visit the Gallery on Facebook.com/ChuckJonesGallery or at ChuckJonesCatalog.com.

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.

The “Bubble Bath” Suite by Tom Everhart

Tom Everhart in his studio working on the original “Bubble Bath” paintings

The “Bubble Bath” Suite by Tom Everhart has been released. Each image is on paper and measures 24” x 45” Image: 20″ x 41″; Medium: Mixed media print on deckled edge paper; Edition 125. For more details, contact your Chuck Jones Gallery Art Consultant. San Diego 619-294-9880 | Orange County 949-274-4834 | Santa Fe 505-983-5999

“It seems very much like the world is one big round bubble bath comprised of an endless amount of smaller bubbles that we each all live in. Within these bubbles, a meaningful expression through which the personality of the person and the broad outlook of a group are visibly similar, communicating and fixing certain values of religious, social, and moral life.

“This sanctuary of one’s bubble provides a safe place that allows independent thinking and dreaming. I used it as an inspiration for a body of paintings in the early 1990’s. They were some of the first work, a series of doghouses. This beautiful drawing of a dog house, Snoopy’s sanctuary, allowed Sparky’s character to freely transform himself into such things as a flying ace, a novelist, or just Joe Cool.

“Then in early 2013, in the Tahiti studio, another group of sanctuary inspired doghouse paintings were produced. This group included Snoopy on the rooftop. The work was meant to represent the feeling of freedom experienced while working in the bubble of the studio in Taha’a.

‘Later in 2013, a large-scale black and white canvas of the doghouse, as well with Snoopy on the roof, was produced and titled, My Crib. The title was appropriated from the hip-hop music played in the Venice studio during the painting’s construction.

‘The hip hop title combined with the familiar Schulz imagery is a reminder, to the viewer, of how essential it was, to the bubble that Sparky and I shared, that the work was to be about something different, and a new way of seeing what he did. The authenticity, within that bubble, allowed me to understand that it’s not what people see that is art. Art is the invisible gap.

“So, making the invisible, visible, would inspire seeing other bubbles in this world through the Bubble Bath series.

“The Bubble Bath series, use the appropriation of Sparky’s characters as the visual object matter, and the titles, to camouflage the certain representations of some other bubbles.

The “Bubble Bath” Suite by Tom Everhart

“For example, the character of Snoopy, with the title Dogg Pound Gangsta Bubble Bath, makes reference to the rap music within the bubble of my studio. Snoopy’s sister Belle, in Uptown Art Lady Bubble Bath, referring to new art collectors in the early 1980’s, and Snoopy’s brother Spike, in Swiss Herb Bubble Bath, referring to my circle of friends.” –Tom Everhart

Available online at: ChuckJones.com

Artist Fran Lew Honored, “Johnny” Now Part of Federal Reserve Board Art Collection

“THE WILD ONE” FINDS A HOME at

FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD ART COLLECTION 

Master American Portrait Artist Fran Lew Honored

Costa Mesa, Ca: Master American portrait artist, Fran Lew, known worldwide for her sensitive portrayals of political leaders, heads of state, business tycoons, and everyday people, has been honored by the Federal Reserve Board Art Collection by including one of her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” portraits in their permanent collection.

“Johnny”, a portrait of Marlon Brando as the sensitive and brooding rebel, Johnny Strabler, in the iconic 1953 movie, “The Wild One” is the latest addition to the FRB Art Collection. Lew will join such artists as painters Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, and photographer, Arnold Newman. “Johnny” was completed by Lew in her signature media, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper.

“Johnny”, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, by Fran Lew

“I am honored and thrilled to be in the impeccable company of the artistic heroes whose art I’ve admired. I am proud that my art is part of this important collection, and it will be viewed by the American public,” said Lew.

The Federal Reserve Board’s Fine Arts Program was established in 1975 by former Chairman Arthur F. Burns in response to a White House directive encouraging federal partnership with the arts. In a 1971 letter from the White House, Richard Nixon wrote, “It is my urgent desire that the growing partnership between Government and the arts continue to be developed to the benefit of both and more particularly to the benefit of the people of America.” Chairman Burns saw this as an opportunity to both enhance the working environment at the Board and to provide its visitors with a memorable visual experience. He created the Fine Arts Program to collect and care for artwork and to organize exhibitions for display in the historic Marriner S. Eccles building. The collection is comprised of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography.

Represented by the Chuck Jones Gallery, Fran Lew is an American portrait artist whose work spans three decades of American life. Originally represented by Grand Central Gallery, founded by the renowned Robert Henri and John Singer Sargent, Lew now resides in Florida, where she is currently working on her series of celebrity portraits, “The Stars of Hollywood Boulevard”. Her work is in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Cornell Museum, Sherwin Miller Museum, the State of Israel Art Collection, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Chuck Jones Gallery at Palm Springs Comic Con!

The Chuck Jones Gallery will have a booth at the Palm Springs Comic Con from Friday, August 25 through Sunday,  August 27. Comic Con Palm Springs will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 Avenida Caballeros in Palm Springs. Tickets for Palm Springs Comic Con are available HERE.

The Chuck Jones Gallery will bring its roster of amazing master artists to the Palm Springs Comic Con. View works by four-time Academy Award-recipient and creative genius, Chuck Jones, as well as work from Mike Kungl, James Coleman, Rob Kaz, Rodel Gonzalez, and Fabio Napoleoni. Works will focus on Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, Star Wars, and other super hero work, including from the master himself, Alex Ross!