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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.

A Message from Master American Portrait Artist, Fran Lew

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Marilyn Monroe is considered by many film scholars as the most famous female movie star of all time. Monroe, famous for playing ‘dumb blonde’ characters became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. No other Hollywood star has ever inspired such a wide range of emotions – from lust to pity, from envy to remorse. Her legacy lives on today as she continues to be a major pop culture icon. Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials, I give you her timeless soft tantalizing seductive persona in this Chuck Jones Gallery limited edition entitled ‘Marilyn’. The Chuck Jones Gallery has paid great attention to the nuances and details in my drawing. I have hand signed each print in this edition. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery representative. This small edition won’t last very long.

Edition of 85, hand-signed by the artist, just $225 unframed. An excellent holiday gift!

Coming Soon: Artist Casey Leonard

One of the greatest pleasures of Chuck Redux’s job is working with the artists represented by the Chuck Jones Gallery. Today was no exception when portraitist Casey Leonard stopped by with two new works she’d just completed. She kindly signed them before they were whisked away by the registrar. She’s currently working on portraits — in charcoal — of the main characters from “The Wizard of Oz” (you do know it turns 75 this year, don’t you?)

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Casey’s been an artist all her life; growing up in the northern California foothills, she was recognized as an aspiring talent, urged by her mentors, family, and friends to pursue portraiture as a profession.

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But Casey heard the siren call of the theater and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theater arts–which is still a passion. But the art fire burns bright and when a friend of hers, mentioned not too long ago in this very blog, Jimmy Mulligan, introduced her to us, we were delighted and intrigued by her work.

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It won’t surprise you to know that Casey’s a big fan of The Beatles and Dr. Who. Here she is with the love of her life, Broadway star and co-creator of “Rain”, Steve Landes, who plays John Lennon in the aforementioned play. If it’s ever playing in your community, be sure to go and see it!

In the meantime, look for the work of Casey Leonard, coming soon to a Chuck Jones Gallery near you.

 

 

 

Image of the Day: Daffy Duck, The Character Portfolio

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Original charcoal on paper, 15” x 11” by Chuck
Jones—hand-signed, created for the LJE 20th anniversary “Character
Portfolio”.  
Chuck Jones’ rigorous training, classically
composed of drawing and painting—from tableau vivant and tableau mort—gave
Chuck the basic tools from which he was able to draw upon throughout his over
60 year career in the animated film arts community.  “You birds have 100,000 bad drawings in you,”
intoned one of his professors at Chouinard. 
“Start getting rid of them now.”  Obviously
well past his 100,000, Chuck Jones’ twenty delightful charcoal studies of his
most memorable characters produced one of the quickest selling limited edition
portfolios published by Linda Jones Enterprises.  

 

Image of the Day: Life Drawings — Men

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As mentioned in previous posts, throughout his life, Chuck Jones studied the human form, either independently or in formal life drawing classes.  The image of the man (above) is a mixed media (charcoal and chalk on paper) from a life drawing class Jones participated in the 1950s.  The oil painting below is also from the 1950s and exhibits all of the hallmarks of Jones' signature style and graphic genius. 

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