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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.

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.

Shelby and Sandy @ Chuck Jones Gallery

Brothers Shelby and Sandy made their debut at the Chuck Jones Gallery in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego on Saturday evening, November 12.

Craig Kausen, left, president of the Chuck Jones Companies, discusses the collaborative work of Shelby (second from right) and Sandy, brother artists.

Craig Kausen, left, president of the Chuck Jones Companies, discusses the collaborative work of Shelby (second from right) and Sandy, brother artists.

The brothers “collaborated” with Chuck Jones on the above image, Jones’s last unfinished painting of “Sherwood Forest Group” by creating a cel-like overlay of them and Chuck, along with the Warner Bros. animation characters made famous by Jones sitting around a campfire telling stories.

Regarding the work, they said, “Sherwood Forest Group is Chuck Jones’ final oil painting, left unfinished at the time of his passing in 2002. 14 years later, Shelby and Sandy used traditional cel animation techniques to finish this collaborative painting. The campfire is a metaphor for storytelling, where a narrative is passed on from one to another.”

Hundreds of guests viewed five new paintings by Shelby and Sandy.

Hundreds of guests viewed five new paintings by Shelby and Sandy.

Sought after by Hollywood’s hottest young stars in films and music, such as Zac Efron, Drake, and Mariah Carey, Shelby and Sandy’s commission schedule is booked for the foreseeable future.

Shelby, holding phone, and his brother Sandy, pause for a selfie in front of one of their latest paintings, "Pirate Tweety & Pirate Sylvester".

Shelby, holding phone, and his brother Sandy, pause for a selfie in front of one of their latest paintings, “Pirate Tweety & Pirate Sylvester”.

This, the brother’s gallery debut, was met with great collector enthusiasm. Earlier in the week, their first limited edition fine art reproduction on canvas, sold out within minutes.

The Murphy family, father Brian, left, with Shelby, mother Diana, Jody, Sandy, and Cory.

The Murphy family, father Brian, left, with Shelby, mother Diana, Jody, Sandy, and Cory.

Pirate Pepe relaxes amid the flowers. Painting by Shelby and Sandy.

Pirate Pepe relaxes amid the flowers. Painting by Shelby and Sandy.

Collectors of their work pose with Shelby, far right.

Collectors of their work pose with Shelby, far right.

You can follow Shelby and Sandy on Instagram: instagram.com/shelbyandsandy/

Photos by Bijan.

 

 

The POP Sensibility of Shelby & Sandy

Brother artists, Shelby and Sandy Murphy, AKA Shelby & Sandy, made the pages of the culture section of Vogue Mexico this month.  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present the work of this dynamic duo–yes, they’re super-human artists extraordinaire.

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Their vibrantly hued over-sized canvases thrum to the zeitgeist; provocative, thrilling, humorous, playful, and beautifully executed, each work changes the way you view contemporary art.

Their list of celebrity clients spans the gamut of today’s stars of screen and music–so exclusive is it, that we’re unable to publish their names.

Shelby, left, and Sandy, right, flank Chuck Jones Gallery president, Craig Kausen, in their spotless studio space in downtown Los Angeles.

Shelby, left, and Sandy, right, flank Chuck Jones Gallery president, Craig Kausen, in their spotless studio space in downtown Los Angeles.

Shelby and Sandy combine their energies and personalities so seamlessly, that one begins a sentence or brush stroke, and the other finishes it. The resulting works of art are imbued with the positive psychic energy of these two young painters. “We will work on a painting until every color is correct, every line is crisp,” Shelby continues, “until we deem it a success. Each painting is a complete 50/50 collaboration.”

Stripes and plaid in the artists' studio.

Stripes and plaid in the artists’ studio.

Collectors have taken note of their talent. Their original works grace the homes and collections of a bevy of established and up-and-coming Hollywood and music industry talent: Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Zac Efron, Sean Kingston, Rob Dyrdek, and Rachel Zoe to name but a few of the young creative talent that have fallen in love with the work of Shelby and Sandy. Their international collectors include those living in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other locations around the globe.

The brothers have created work for movies, including the recent Warner Bros. release, “We Are Your Friends”; advertising campaigns for Sperry Top-Sider and Red Bull, and are represented in the corporate collections of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, along with CHOC (Children’s Hospital Orange County), Creative Artists Agency, and Holsteins at South Coast Plaza.

"Pirate Marvin" acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48" by Shelby & Sandy.

“Pirate Marvin” acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 48″ by Shelby & Sandy.

Currently, there is a five month waiting list for commissioned paintings by this dynamic duo. “We paint because it is our absolute favorite thing to do,” said Sandy, “nothing makes us happier than finishing a painting and showing it to the world.”

For more information about available art by Shelby and Sandy or details regarding private commissions, contact a Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant.

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This Just In! Comic Con a WOW!!!!!

Were you there? Did you see? OMG! Squeal!

Comic Con 2016 did not disappoint once again. The crowds, the sun, the heat, the cosplay, the “what was that?”, the stars of film and TV, the nights, all came together as it does in July each year. And the Chuck Jones Gallery on 5th Avenue was a nexus of activity for the pre-and-post-Convention Center activities of hundreds of collectors and fans of all things Pop culture. We celebrated with Girls Drawin’ Girls, Jimmy Mulligan, the “Star Wars” art trio of James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz; the heartwarming and charming Fabio Napoleoni, the inimitable Stan Lee, the dynamic William Shatner, the fabulous Nancy Cartwright, and last, but not least, we introduced artist Mike Bilz and his fascinating work to our collectors.

Here’s a just a quick photo sample of what happened Friday evening by photographer Stephen Russo:

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The staff of the Chuck Jones Gallery with Stan Lee!

Fans and collectors lined up to meet Stan Lee. Fans and collectors lined up to meet Stan Lee.

The cosplay!

The cosplay!

Fabio Napoleoni, center, with collectors.

Fabio Napoleoni, center, with collectors.

The end.

The end.

All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Nancy Cartwright, Stan Lee & William Shatner –To Appear at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego During Comic Con Intl 2016!

NANCY CARTWRIGHT, STAN LEE  and WILLIAM SHATNER     

TO APPEAR AT CHUCK JONES GALLERY—SAN DIEGO

THESE ICONIC CREATIVES WILL UNVEIL NEW ARTWORK AT THE GALLERY DURING                                    COMIC CON INT’L 2016, JULY 20 – 24

The Chuck Jones Gallery will also host receptions for these fine artists: James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz, James C. Mulligan, Fabio Napoleoni, and Mike Bilz

San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, announced today their line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2016, July 20-24. In addition to the artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their quarter century of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with an exclusive release of new paintings and limited editions from the renowned comics fine artist, Alex Ross. Ross, known for several decades now as the father of Super Hero (and Heroine) artwork, will be a featured artist at the gallery throughout the week long celebration of all things Pop culture.

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 requested 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

Nancy Cartwright: Known best as the voice of Bart Simpson on the longest running scripted televised sit-com, “The Simpsons”, Nancy Cartwright is undeniably one of the great comic actresses of our time. What many don’t know is that she’s also a remarkably talented painter and sculptress. On Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the Chuck Jones Gallery will host the first ever art gallery reception and exhibition for Ms. Cartwright and her original paintings and sculptures. Ms. Cartwright will dedicate artwork purchased at this event.

Nancy Cartwright, actress and voice of Bart Simpson, right, with Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Galleries and Chuck Jones's grandson.

Nancy Cartwright, actress and voice of Bart Simpson, right, with Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Galleries and Chuck Jones’s grandson.

Stan Lee: Stan Lee is one of the greatest comic book writers of the twentieth century. He, along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko is responsible for creating Spider Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man and the entire Marvel Comics universe of Super heroes, heroines, and villains. On Friday, July 22, from 5 to 7 PM, Mr. Lee will make an appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery to meet his many fans. Artwork from “God Woke” will be premiered at this reception. “God Woke” is a poem, first heard at Carnegie Hall in January 1972, when it was read by his wife and daughters at “An Evening with Stan Lee at Carnegie Hall”. Soon to be a Cinematic Graphic Work.

William Shatner: Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series, “Star Trek”, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery on Saturday, July 23, from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Mr. Shatner will be launching his new publishing imprint, “Shatner Singularity”. Watch this space for more details.

The Chuck Jones Gallery is also pleased to present the following artist receptions during Comic Con Int’l 2016:

Wednesday, July 20 from 8 to 10 PM: Girls Drawin’ Girls celebrates their 10th anniversary with a special exhibition of artwork inspired by Chuck Jones. Animator and artist, Melody Severn, and “The Simpsons’ storyboard artist, Stephen Reis, will be special guests that evening. The exhibit will feature artwork created by members of Girls Drawin’ Girls over the past several years. GDG member, Mako Fufu, will be painting “live” at the event. A portion of proceeds of sales that evening will benefit the programs of Girls Drawin’ Girls and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Thursday, July 21 from 5 to 7 PM: Artist, Actor, and Singer, James C. Mulligan, creator this year of the gallery’s annual Comic Con poster, “May the Jones Be with You” will be on hand to sign the poster and to speak with collectors about his work. The exhibit will include recent paintings and watercolors.

Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM: Star Wars tribute! Artists James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz, official artists of Star Wars art, will be the gallery’s special guests. Paintings and fine art editions. 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.

Friday, July 22 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 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. The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

Sunday, July 24 from 12 PM to 3 PM: Introducing artist Mike Bilz. The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present original paintings and fine art editions by Bilz. His dry wit coupled with a deep sense of the absurdity of life makes for a potent combination in his technically flawless paintings on wood. Mike Bilz will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss, and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when it closes at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

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Tonight and Tomorrow Night!

Tonight is the Preview night for the Red Dot Auction and tomorrow is the Main Event! We want to thank all of the artists who have participated this year (names below) for their creativity and generosity of spirit. Without them, there would be no Red Dot Auction. Tickets are still available atChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot! Which artist’s work will you go home with Friday evening?

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Julie Bagby
Cindy Beatteay
Bruce Berglund
Mike Bilz
David Bird
Lisa Bolen
Dan Bowden
Teri Brudnak
Eric Calande
Christian Calle
Susan Celis
Benni Cinkle
Rocio Cintron
Susan Clemens
Anna Marie Crovetti
Amanda Crum
Cynthia Damiano
Cory De Yonker
Jeff DeGrandis
Denise Dion-Scoyni
Luke Duong
Lily Dye
Bob Elias
Steve Ellis
Michael C. Falk
Ron Ferdinand
Brian James Fichtner
Olivia Forrester
Hope Freleng
Mako Fufu
Steve Gamba
Sharon Gauthier
John Gaydos
Katie Gerlt
Eric Goldberg
Reece Gomez
Rebecca Gomez
Audrey Gonzalez
Zachary Goodson
Oksana Grineva
Sabrina Griswold
Kevin Gross
Samuel Jr. Guerrero
Terri Hardin
Ken Harris
Sylvia Hasbach
Dave Hausman
Alexis Hejna
Allen Helbig
Michele Chaffe Hill
Gary Hogue
Jeremy Holden
John Howitt
Marian Jones
Andrew Jones
Linda Jones
Darren Jones
Naylene Justis
Samantha Kausen
Craig Kausen
Daniel Killen
Daniel Killen
Heather Knapowski
Mary C Knapp
Mike Kungl
Mike Kungl
Mike Kupka
Carolyn Le
Fran Lew
Lori Lewis
Hannah Lieberman
Annette Lily
Doug Lothers
Martha Lothers
Noelle Lucia
Larissa Marantz
S.O. Mable Martin
Jamie Martin
Erica McCay
Gina McMillen
Tony Meador
Pamala Meador
Hillary Miller
Ylenia Mino
Mini Mukherjee
Jimmy Mulligan
Micah Murray
Fabio Napoleoni
Jimm Nawrocki
Olivia Nicoll
TJ Novy
Brian Oakley
Cesilia Ochoa
Ben Olson
Anthony W. Owens
Tina Palmer
Krissta Passanante
Robert Patrick
Stephanie Perez
Charles Perkins
Melissa Mae Phillips
Enrique Pita
Katy Price
Maria Reverberi
Andrea Rosales
Andrea Rosales
Scott Ryder
Brenda Salamone
Luis Salazar
Andrea Salisbury
Eric Scales
Michael Scharf
Selrahc Senoj
Debbie Sleeper
Jennifer Sleeper
Jeffrey Speiser
Margaret Spurlock
Christina Stone
Jay Stone
Mike Sullivan
Eva Szilagyi
Tommy Szurgot
Ron Szurgot II
Jerry “T-WACK” Talley
Mayu Tanimoto
Laura Tanimoto
Eric & Bill Teitelbaum
Martin Tesch
Wayne Todd
Taylor Rose Trujillo
June Valentine-Ruppe
Anna Vanover
Mick Victor
Will Vochelli
Miracle Wallace
Ben Washam
Anne Waterman-Tanner
Vernon Williams
John Yasutomi

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at the Red Dot Auction?

With less than three weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artists Carolyn Le and Michael Falk.

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Carolyn draws on the sunny California days, and her love of storytelling to create her watercolor paintings. She has twice received a first-place Illustration Award for her portfolio from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Editor’s Day, have received a Merit Award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and have had her work shown in galleries in Los Angeles and London. The illustrations for her first picture book, Clarence and the Traveling Circus, received a Reader’s Choice Award for Illustration. Currently, Carolyn is writing and illustrating her own picture books and dreaming of ways to make her secret wish of having the power to fly come true.

Michael Falk 200pxMichael Falk is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and Iraq War veteran who in 2012 decided to become a storyteller through the medium of cartoons and animation. He holds a BFA in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of Jacksonville and currently works in the Digital Production Department of DC Comics Entertainment, where he animates the digital front list covers for MAD Magazine and helps to create digital comic books for various platforms. Michael also works part time as a painting instructor for Paint Nite and an animation teacher for Valley Torah High School.

Will you go home with Carolyn’s or Michael’s work (or both) at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Calling All Artists for the Fifth Annual Red Dot Auction!

Dear Artists and Friends of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,

Preparations are underway for the Fifth Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, scheduled for Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1, 2015.

Last year, 180 artists contributed 196 canvases and over 400 supporters of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity attended the Red Dot Auction.

Last year, 180 artists contributed 196 canvases and over 400 supporters of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity attended the Red Dot Auction.

Today we’re writing to ask you to donate a work of art to this year’s Fifth Annual Red Dot Auction. The canvas provided is 12” square and as last year, we ask that you sign the artwork on the reverse.  You may prefer to work on paper or another substrate and that’s fine as long as we can mount it to the 12” square canvas for presentation the night of the event. The artwork should be signed on the reverse so that bidders at this silent auction will not know who has created which painting.

Eric Schlegel gets a 3D perspective on one of the works from the 2014 Red Dot Auction.

Contributing artist Eric Schlegel gets a 3D perspective on one of the works from the 2014 Red Dot Auction.

“What should I paint?” you might ask. Chuck’s life spanned most of the 20th century and with such a wealth of inspiration why not the life and times of Chuck Jones? That should not limit you to cartoon-related imagery, although many of the most sought after works at last year’s event were inspired by his Looney Tunes creations; you might be inspired by his love of puns, his enjoyment of painting with watercolors or the fact that he once owned a horse named Lord Mischief.

Imagine a world where the laws of gravity don’t apply; a world where the space-time continuum can be altered; a world where you’re in control to break the rules. It sounds a lot like the world where the wonderful, vibrant characters created by Chuck Jones live. Imagine then, applying that kind freedom of thinking to your canvas and to the subject matter you choose.

You never know who might be a contributor--the object of the photographer's interest is a work by three-time Academy Award winner, Nick Park.

You never know who might be a contributor–the object of the photographer’s interest is a work by three-time Academy Award winner, Nick Park.

Won’t you share your gifts with us and with the Center’s members and patrons?  If you will, please drop me a note with your mailing address and I’ll get a canvas out to you or drop by the Center to pick up a canvas.  What’s that you say?  You’d like to contribute two works?  No problem!  Just let me know and I’ll send you two canvases.  Have an artist friend who would like to be a part of this exciting project?  Please send them my way: Robert@ChuckJonesCenter.org.

Canvases are due back no later than March 15, 2015. Again this year we are partnering with Heritage Auctions to bring the Red Dot Auction to the attention of their over 800,000 subscribers. This online auction will go live on April 1, 2015 and end the evening of Thursday, April 29, 2015. In order to be included in it, your canvas must arrive no later than Sunday, March 15, 2015.

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New this year! A commemorative poster, similar to the one shown, will be printed; 30 canvases will be selected to represent this year’s Red Dot Auction. A limited number of the posters will be produced and sold the evening of the event. To be considered for inclusion, your canvas must arrive no later than Sunday, March 15, 2015!

Thank you in advance for your generosity, time, and commitment to Igniting Imagination for Life!

All the best, Robert

Robert@ChuckJonesCenter.org

Photography by Stephen Russo

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Part 2

We’re happy to announce two new additions to our artist door at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa. Artists Casey Leonard, she of the beautiful charcoal work, and Jeff DeGrandis, producer, director at DreamWorks added their respective signatures.

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Casey Leonard

Jeff DeGrandis

Jeff DeGrandis

View other artists signing the door here. Jeff DeGrandis photo by Stephen Russo.