The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Art Institute of California–Orange County celebrated Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday with a gala inauguration of a new exhibit, “Birth of a Notion” on his birthday, September 21st. The exhibit chronicles Jones’s passionate belief in the power of the human form as it relates to the production of the animated film.
From left: Michael J. Hansen, Director of the Aussic Gallery at the Art Institute; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter, Lindsey Morgan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Mark Lucero, President of Art Institute of California–Orange County.
Cakes and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.
Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.
Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.
Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated and installed the exhibit, “Birth of a Notion”.
Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.
Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.
The hors d’oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!
Many thanks to the Art Institute of California–Orange County for hosting the exhibit and presenting the reception. It was a perfect celebration of the creative genius of Chuck Jones!
“What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” opens Saturday, February 14th in Fort Worth, Texas a their Museum of Science and History.
Chuck’s daughter, Linda Jones Clough, and his granddaughter, Valerie Kausen, will be special guests on opening day. The exhibit, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits with the collaboration of the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Costa Mesa, explores what it takes to make a cartoon and how Chuck Jones’s unique perspective on film-making, his comedic genius, precision timing, and intense focus on character shaped and guided the evolution of the animated film. It is a not-to-be-missed exhibit.
For more information, visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History website by clicking on either image.
Our Sunday (#7) and final winner of the Chuck Jones Gallery Black Friday Week Give-aways is Julia Knauss of Pennsylvania! Julia will receive an original production drawing of Bugs Bunny from the 1980 Chuck Jones-directed television special, “Bugs Bunny Bustin’ Out All Over” ! Congratulations, Julia!
Original production drawing from “Bugs Bunny Bustin’ Out All Over” 1980
Our Thanksgiving day (#4) winner of the Chuck Jones Gallery Black Friday Week Give-aways is Scott Johnston of North Carolina! Scott will receive a limited edition fine art reproduction on canvas, titled, “Still a Stinker”! Congratulations, Scott!
The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present a new artist, Daniel Killen, to our collection. A local Southern Californian, Killen has worked in animation at Warner Bros. and DreamWorks on such features as “Space Jam,” “The Iron Giant,” and “Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron.” He’s recently created works for the gallery based on the Warner Bros. Classic Films, “The Wizard of Oz” and “A Christmas Story.”
Artist Daniel Killen
Today, we’re releasing his first edition that pays homage to the legacy of Chuck Jones, “A Still Animated Life.” This fine art reproduction on canvas measures 18″ x 24″ unframed and has been created in an edition of 40 examples with 15 hand-embellished Artist Proofs. Pre-publication pricing of only $395.00 unframed for a limited time. This image takes a unconventional look at the cartoon characters made famous by Chuck Jones. Look closely to find your favorites cavorting on the picture plane. (Hint: They’re just a “shadow” of their former selves.)
Working in both traditional media and digital, Killen’s work reflects his consummate understanding of character and design. This, coupled with his droll wit and sly look at the predicaments and delights of daily life, make him an artist to watch.
The Center is truly thankful to all of the artists and wonderful people who have worked their creative magic to bring this year's Red Dot Auction together!
To top off this Saturday evening, the Center will present three unique live auction items:
Imagine if you will the sound of splashing fountains,
the tinkle of champagne glasses, good friends laughing, standing in the company
of a talented visual artist and having conversations about art and creativity.
It can be yours when you are the successful bidder on this live auction
item. Spend an evening with the painter Mike Kungl and his wife, Dana, at their home and studio in the hills of Orange County.
This event, possibly a life-changing one (you may walk away thinking of
becoming an artist), is good for you and up to nine of your friends and is
supplemented by a $1000 gift certificate from 24 Carrots catering donated by Jon Brown and Norm Bennett, the owners of 24 Carrots.
A Super Colossal Bugs Bunny Drawing Lesson! Learn to draw
Bugs Bunny in the THE CHUCK JONES style. Art director of “The Little Mermaid”
and many other important Disney Studio films, Mike Peraza will sit down with
you one-to-one and teach you to draw Bugs Bunny from his chubby wittle feet to
his big pointed ears. At this personalized drawing lesson Mike will share with
you drawing techniques he has developed in his over 40 years of Disney and
Warner Bros. feature animation, along with his work in television, book,
comics, and theme park design—can you say “Cars Land”? Mike will not only teach
and guide you on your drawing of Bugs Bunny but will also do an original Bugs
Bunny drawing just for you. Your lesson, scheduled at a mutually convenient
time, can take place here at the Center or at Mike’s studio in Burbank. This special
package also includes several DVDs of Disney feature films that Mike has worked
on. And to tie the entire experience right back to the Father of Bugs Bunny,
you will also receive an original sketch of Bugs Bunny by none other than Chuck
A tisket, a tasket, a bright yellow basket stuffed with
all sorts of goodies–tickets for four to the July 6 performance at the
Hollywood Bowl of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”, a picnic dinner, along with two
bottles of wine, special Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote goblets, a Jones family-owned Levi jacket from the Warner Bros.
Studio Stores. Plus you’ll go backstage after the performance with Linda Jones Clough to meet the conductor and creator of
“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” George Daugherty. You’ll be skipping all the way
to Hollywood! Also, you'll receive "Bugs Conductor" hand-embellished by Linda Jones. This fine art reproduction on canvas resides in some of the great symphony halls around the globe that have been the venue for performances of "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony."
The Chuck Jones Galleries are pleased to announce that art superstar, Ron Burns, he of the neon-colored dogs and cats, is working on new original work utilizing the characters created and developed by Chuck Jones. His first work, a portrait of Bugs Bunny, is on the easel; you'll be able to follow his progress by clicking here.
Over 20 years ago,
artist Ron Burns picked up a paint brush for the first time and started
painting as a release from the corporate world where he was running his Los
Angeles based marketing and design studio. It was only a couple of years
later, in his quest to find what truly inspired him, that he looked down into
the eyes of his newly rescued puppy Rufus that began his fine art career of
painting bright, colorful, loving dogs.
wasn't until he sold a few paintings of the family four-legged-kids, that his
wife, Buff, said she could no longer part with the paintings and so, once more,
Ron found himself looking for inspiration. He found it next, when taking
a trip to the local animal shelter while on vacation in Aspen. After
painting several of the dogs and selling the paintings, he donated a percentage
back to the shelter beginning what Ron calls, Art is Going to the Dogs.
He might have remained content
painting only shelter dogs, but on September 11, 2001 after taking his morning
run, he turned on the TV to see the world change forever. As he watched
the events unfold he saw the story of Sirius, the explosive-detection dog that
lost his life in Tower II. He reached out to David Lim his handler which
lead to the painting of Sirius and then on to meeting pet therapy dogs and
search and rescue dogs involved in the tragedy.
then Ron has painted numerous dogs that have survived insurmountable odds, dogs
that devote their lives through their service to humans as well as continuing
to portray the beauty of rescued dogs and the much loved family member.
work has been seen throughout the media world from CNN to Time magazine,
collected around the world and honored by various awards. It is now fair
to say that he has accomplished what few artists have; and that is an art
movement. Today artists around the world see his art and are inspired to
paint like Burns. Who could ever have imagined, that looking down into
his best friend furever's eyes could have changed his life so drastically as
well as the art world.
If you live in the bay area, the Sonoma Film Festival opens today and runs through Sunday. On Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 AM PDT, the festival will present the a collection of Chuck Jones cartoons curated from his own personal collection of 35mm reels. This showcase of diverse and eclectic classics includes Oscar-winning DOT & THE LINE, ALI BABA BUNNY, and WHAT'S OPERA, DOC? (voted the greatest animated short film in history.) Adults and children will be entertainted by Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, Wile E.Coyote, Pepe le Pew, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Gossamer, and many more! Chuck Jones's daughter, Linda, will introduce the collection and be available for discussion after the screening.
Although tickets are no longer available online, please contact the Festival Box Office for availability at SonomaFilmFest.org.
Linda Jones Clough with her father, Oscar-winning animation director and creator, Chuck Jones.