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The Playful God of a Manic Valhalla

In tomorrow’s New York Times, a wonderful art review by Ken Johnson of the exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones”. An excellent read! (Click the image to read the article.)

Drawings from “What’s Opera, Doc?,” a 1957 parody of “The Ring Cycle,” are in the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. Credit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Drawings from “What’s Opera, Doc?,” a 1957 parody of “The Ring Cycle,” are in the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. Credit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

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.




Valerie Kausen at the Bradford Animation Festival

The talented Valerie Kausen is the special guest of honor at the Bradford Animation Festival at the National Media Museum in the United Kingdom. They screened "The Magical World of Chuck Jones" on the big screen for the first time in 20 years (Valerie was a producer) while Chuck Jones short cartoons played in other venues. The Festival ends on the 17th…so if you're in the Bradford, U.K. area (near Manchester) skootchy on over and see what's happening. (In case you were wondering, "Skootchy" is a technical term that means "come on down".)

BAF Chuck Jones centenary

BAF Valerie Magical World

Valerie, 20 years ago.

BAF Magical World

BAF Chuck Magical World

It's always wonderful to poke around in the Chuck Jones archives (what some people call 'curating' — but isn't everyone a curator? 'Poking around' sounds like more fun to me) to see what might be just right for an exhibition (big or small) like the works selected for Bradford Animation Festival's Chuck Jones Centenary Tribute.

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In the photo above, Chuck demonstrates how three of the characters he developed and/or created are drawn in a similar way: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote. These drawings are featured on pages 132, 133 of "Chuck Reducks: Drawing From the Fun Side of Life" by Chuck Jones.

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The five drawings in the photograph above are from three of the many archive boxes filled with Chuck Jones sketches–animals, children, conveyances. BTW, if you want a baby to look like a baby, don't give it a cigar to smoke (see image lower left.)

BAF display 3

These last drawings appeared in Chuck Jones's autobiography, "Chuck Amuck: the Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist". Clockwise from upper left, Johnson the cat, Teddy, a dachshund in a wet suit (drawn during the pre-production for Jones's "The White Seal"), a 1941 caricature holiday card from his Unit A at Leon Schlesinger Productions and Johnson with his tongue depressor.


Lines Are Forming at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego for the Release of the New Alex Ross Art

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There's no doubt in these collector's minds that the Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue is the place to be before, during, and after Comic Con. Today, the gallery releases new work, "Rough Justice" from DC Comics master artist, Alex Ross. Tonight, from 7 to 10 PM, meet contemporary Art Deco artist, Mike Kungl, and view his new mixed media works on paper, canvas, and board. They're awesome (see a sampling below)!

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"Duck Dodgers" mixed media on board, 18" x 12", by Mike Kungl

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

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"Rocket Squad" mixed media acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl

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"Pepe: Tour de Romance" mixed media acrylic on board, 12" x 18", by Mike Kungl

"Black Widow" mixed media acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30", by Mike Kungl

Contact the gallery for pricing and availability. 888-294-9880, SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or visit us at 232 Fifth Avenue, just one half block from the San Diego Convention Center 

Shop online at ChuckJonesGallery.com!

Chuck Jones Takes Flight at the Portland Airport

The works of Northwest legendary cartoon artist, and world-renowned anima-producer at Warner Bros., Chuck Jones, are now on display at Portland International Airport. Born in Spokane, Washington, Jones’ career spanned the history of animated films, beginning at Warner Bros. and continuing his work at MGM before establishing his own Chuck Jones Enterprises in 1963.


Photo courtesy Port of Portland

Jones' colorful and magical masterpieces of liveliness display his innate creative genius.  His most poplular works include "The Dot and the Line", "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Phantom Tollbooth."  He is perhaps best known for his timeless work at Warner Bros. such as "What's Opera, Doc?", "Duck Amuck" and "One Froggy Evening."  

Greeting the traveler’s eye, Jones’ exhibit, located along Concourse A, brings to life his youthful spirit and sharp wit. Jones’ work speaks to the inner-child of many travelers, and highlights more than 60 years of cartoon and animation history. Jones was a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. He has directed more than 300 animated films, won three Oscars in his career, and received the Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1996.


Photo courtesy Port of Portland

"Painting does what we cannot do—it brings a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane,” said Jones, who expressed himself in many different ways through his work.


The work is part of the rotating art exhibits program at PDX and is on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity through March 2012. More information about Jones is available at www.ChuckJonesCenter.org.

The PDX art program is designed to showcase the dynamic cultural life in the Pacific Northwest and showcase Northwest expression through ongoing relationships with regional artists, arts organizations, museums and educational institutions.

More information about PDX is available at www.pdx.com.


Chuck Jones at the Port of Portland

Beginning September 19th, a new Chuck Jones exhibit based on his drawings for his 1996 book, "Chuck Reducks–Drawing from the Fun Side of Life" will be featured along Concourse A at the Portland, Oregon airport.  If you're traveling through Portland then (particularly on Alaska or Horizon airlines) make sure you check out this original artwork, much of it never-before-seen, from the hand of Chuck Jones.  The exhibit will close at the end of March 2012.  

The exhibit focuses on drawings that Jones created to illustrate how he drew the characters that we've all come to know and love, including, Sam Sheepdog, Porky Pig, Marvin Martian, Bugs Bunny and others.  The works below are a sample of the original artwork that will be on display.




Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was

The Academy Award-winning director of "Duck Amuck," "What's Opera, Doc," "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and other timeless classics, created dozens of cartoon characters throughout his decades-long career: Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote… and Crawford, an accident prone, nine-year-old boy whose daily routine includes surviving his own boyhood.

Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was follows the twenty-seven year journey it took Jones to bring "Crawford" to the public, from conception to storyboard to newspaper strip. This incredible volume is loaded with never before seen sketches, drawings, storyboards and production notes, and the six-month run of the Crawford newspaper comic strip from 1978. Accompanying the artwork is a biography of Chuck Jones's career in the sixties and seventies and how it influenced the creation of Chuck's only foray into the world of comic strips.

Marian Jones, Chuck's widow had this to say about the project, "Kurtis Findlay, an admitted comics addict, is too young to have ever read Chuck Jones’ 1970s short-lived comic strip, “Crawford”, in the newspapers.  But he came across some copies not too long ago and was hooked.  He was also puzzled.  “Crawford” was the least known of all of Chuck’s work; he thought that was a loss.  He also wondered how it had started, what had become of it, and how Chuck had developed it.

"A query to  CJCC [Chuck Jones Center for Creativity –ed.]led to Kurtis visiting us and proposing to write a book assembling all the original strips with any  information he could ferret out.  He and I spent several days in the archives, with Kurtis registering more and more amazement and excitement over Chuck’s drawings and historical source material.

"Even though I had worked with Chuck at that time, and was myself writing a comic strip (originated by someone else —Rick O’Shay and Hipshot) I had totally forgotten about some of the material that Kurtis discovered.  His book traces a never before spelled out story of a character that chased around in Chuck’s head, and in various ways onto film, over the years, but never quite came to fulfillment." 

Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was is a dream come true in that almost all the art is being reproduced from Chuck Jones's originals! It is a treasure trove of previously unknown artwork that is a must for all fans of animation and comics.

Visit the official Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was website. All-new, never before seen Chuck Jones art will be added in the coming weeks and months leading up to the book's release this holiday season.  You can find them on Facebook as well.


Image of the Day: Is It Too Early?

Earlier this week we came across a box of delightful sketches by Chuck Jones at the Chuck Jones Archive. Looking through them, these three really stuck out (in a good way,) but we thought maybe we should hold back on showing them until a little closer to Christmas, after all it's only November 6th, but they're such wonderful drawings that we couldn't wait.  So enjoy (and forgive us for jumping the gun on the upcoming holidays!)   

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It is fascinating to see how Chuck Jones structured his drawings.  These sketches give you an inside track on the mechanics of draftsmanship; just look at those lines and circles that delineate the reindeer's body, for instance, and the wonderful sense of the character's personality expressed so simply.

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Even bears need help getting the star up on the top of the tree.  

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In just over 30 lines, Chuck has told you everything you need to know about the reindeer at the bottom of the sheet of paper pictured above.  That's remarkable draftsmanship.  

Image of the Day: It’s All Happening at the Zoo

"…I do believe it's true…just a fine and fancy ramble, to the zoo…" so sang Simon & Garfunkel in 1967 and around that time, Chuck Jones often found himself at the zoo drawing his 'notes' in a notebook such as the one we feature today.  

Culled from the incredible archive of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (visit their website by clicking here), these drawings give you an insider's view at how the mind (and hand) of this master artist worked.  

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Each drawing, even as rough as these are, exudes character and personality, not only of the animal, but also of the artist.  His sure hand in delineating form, his perceptive eye capturing character and texture; all of which combined bring you a little bit of time, the time he spent contemplating these animals.  It's a gift.  

Comic Con at the Chuck Jones Gallery: Schedule of Events

Super Heroes, Strippers & Reluctant Angels

An All Star Line-Up of Events Announced

Chuck Jones Gallery Prepares for Series of Receptions

Comic-Con International, July 22 July 25


San Diego, CA—The
Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego’s historic
Gaslamp District announced today their slate of artist receptions and events to
be held during the 2010 Comic-Con International, July 22-25.    


Thursday, July 22nd:   Stripperella
Saves the World!
  From 6 to 9 PM,
meet the two artists responsible for the world’s most super-talented stripper,
the incomparable Stan Lee (Spiderman, X-Men) and his talented protégé, Anthony
Winn (Stripperella.)  The gallery will be
premiering original art from these masters of the comic medium as well as
limited editions and sculpture.

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"Reflection" mono-print by Anthony Winn


To cap off the evening, Felix Cane, the reigning Miss World Pole
Dancer 2009, will perform her amazing routine in the gallery.  Fresh off her starring turn in Cirque de
Zumanity, Ms. Cane will
astound you with her vivacious originality and sensuous execution.

Pixie Dust 

"Pixie Dust" original limited edition fine art print by Anthony Winn (starring Felix Cane)


Friday, July 23rdIdiots
and Angels
, from 7 to 10 PM meet two-time Academy Award-nominee and
animation legend, Bill Plympton.  Known
for his wry and wicked take on the world at large and humanity in particular,
Plympton has been wowing fans of animation for over 35 years with his
meticulously crafted hand-drawn animated films. 
With a new film due in theaters nationwide this September and a book
coming in Spring 2011 from Rizzoli, Bill Plympton is at the height of his
game.  On exhibit will be original
production art (all hand-drawn by Plympton) from many of his most beloved
animated films.


Original drawing by Bill Plympton for his "25 Ways to Quit Smoking" animated short film.


Original drawing by Bill Plympton for his Academy Award-nominated short film "Your Face"


Saturday, July 24th:  Two terrific events: 

Anthony Winn will be signing in the gallery Saturday afternoon
from 2 to 3 PM.  If you missed the chance
to meet him on Thursday, here’s another opportunity to acquire one of this
amazing young artist’s original or limited edition works of art.

Original comic book art by Anthony Winn


We are pleased to announce that artist Mike Kungl will be
our special guest Saturday evening from 7 to 8:30 PM premiering his two new
works for Marvel, “Iron Man” and “Black Widow” in his trademark Art Deco-styling.  These superb new works of art will be on
display and for sale at this event.  Mr.
Kungl will be dedicating artwork purchased during the show. 

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Blk Widow Kungl
"Iron Man" and "Black Widow" original limited edition fine art prints by Mike Kungl.  

For more information and to RSVP for these events, please call 888-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.