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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.

New from Lew! Star Trek Stars

We know that master portrait artist Fran Lew creates life whenever she puts charcoal to paper and it’s no different in her latest work, “Star Trek Stars”. This monumental portrait of James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), measures an impressive 25″ x 19″ and is one of the most dramatic portraits to come out of her atelier.

With its dense application of charcoal in the furthest reaches of deep space to the brilliant burst of light from the Starship Enterprise that helps define the the two characters, Lew has captured the mystery and drama of the “Star Trek” phenomenon.

With Kirk focused directly on the viewer and Spock looking amused at what we can only imagine are the foibles and unreasonableness of the human race, Lew has found the chemistry that made this television duo so potent and captivating for generations of fans.

“Star Trek Stars” is now available for acquisition at your Chuck Jones Gallery. Framed beautifully with the finest archival materials, “Star Trek Stars” is ready to be enjoyed for generations of art connoisseurs.

Did you know that Fran Lew is museum-collected? Besides work at the Cornell Museum, one of her first works was purchased for the permanent collection of the Sherwin Miller Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Lead Us in Peace” was painted by Lew in the early 1980s and acquired that same year by the museum. It is an impressive oil painting measuring 34″ x 50″ and depicts the founding prime ministers of Israel, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, and Moshe Dayan (left to right).

Her brilliance is capturing the essence of her subjects without forfeiting the integrity of the realism genre. Subtle, concise, and heartfelt, her application of paint (in this instance), allows the viewer to appreciate the innate compassion of the subjects while reinforcing their strength. A hallmark of the artist in not only her earliest work, but of her most recent.

The Incredible Work of Master Portrait Artist, Fran Lew

Fran Lew, a name synonymous with the greatest of American portrait artists such as John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, and Norman Rockwell, is without contemporary peer. Her unerring eye for detail and her sensitive rendering of the emotional undercurrent of the sitter, whether for a commissioned private portrait as seen below, or for one of her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” celebrity portraits, is truly inspiring.

Portrait of a Young Woman, collection of the artist and not for sale.

Portrait of a Young Woman, collection of the artist and not for sale.

You see it in her handling of the subtleties of the planes of the cheeks, the curve of the lips, the brilliant life streaming from the eyes of the subject, all are captured by the sure hand and artistic genius of Lew.

Audrey Hepburn, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 14" x 11" by Fran Lew.

Audrey Hepburn, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 14″ x 11″ by Fran Lew.

What makes an artist shine like this? Fran Lew exhibits an innate understanding of how to capture the essence of her subject with the finesse and subtlety deserving of the most important people in our lives.

Fran Lew’s work is represented by the Chuck Jones Galleries. She is now taking portrait commissions, both personal and from her “Stars of Hollywood Boulevard” series, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for details and availability.

Collecting Art at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Don’t let the post-holiday blues get you down! Stop by your favorite Chuck Jones Gallery and let the smiling begin.

The galleries, purveyors of the art of American popular culture since 1991, are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, San Diego and Costa Mesa, California, and offer a diverse collection of important 20th and 21st century artwork. There you’ll find art by American Portrait master artist, Fran Lew; the dynamic brother duo, Shelby & Sandy; the superhero styling of the immensely popular Alex Ross; the Art Deco-inspired artwork of Mike Kungl; the colorful whimsy of Bob Elias  and, of course, the inspiring work of Chuck Jones.

Our professional art consultants are experts in their fields and bring a joy to collecting found nowhere else. Stop by or call today to find out why the Chuck Jones Galleries are your gallery for the art of American popular culture.

"I Love Lucy" original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25" x 19" unframed.

“I Love Lucy” original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25″ x 19″ unframed.

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

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

"Mythology Superman" by Alex Ross.

“Mythology Superman” by Alex Ross.

"BB-8 Astromech Droid" fine art edition on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

“BB-8 Astromech Droid” fine art edition on canvas by Mike Kungl. Click to purchase.

"Honey Bunny Always Gets Her Rabbit" fine art print on canvas by Bob Elias.

“Honey Bunny Always Gets Her Rabbit” fine art print on canvas by Bob Elias.

"All In" hand-painted cel art edition by Chuck Jones.

“All In” hand-painted cel art edition by Chuck Jones.

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Lew Loves Lucy! New “Old Hollywood” Portrait by Fran Lew

Master American portrait artist, Fran Lew, has just completed a stunning, evocative portrait of two of old Hollywood’s most enduring stars, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Utilizing her flawless technical skills, Lew has captured the living, breathing embodiment of the spark and beauty of this dynamic husband-and-wife comedy team.

Using her special charcoal pencils and white pastel and working on tinted wove paper, Lew has brought her considerable talents to bear on this unique work of nostalgia. What secret is Lucy cautioning us to keep with her finger poised at her lips? The look of “uh-oh” on Desi’s face may give a clue to the ensuing comedic moment and with so many to choose from, it’s just a matter of memory to bring your laughter to life.

"I Love Lucy" original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25" x 19" unframed.

“I Love Lucy” original charcoal on white pastel on tinted wove paper, 25″ x 19″ unframed.

In Fran Lew’s own words:

Why I Love Lucy

“For decades, millions of “I Love Lucy” fans have fallen in love with the zany, hilarious comedy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. “I Love Lucy” is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine.

“I take pleasure in capturing and sharing the memories of people who we have all come to love and admire. To celebrate the upcoming 65th anniversary of “I Love Lucy”, I created a commemorative portrait of Lucy and Desi as an everlasting tribute to their glamour, comic genius, and contribution to American pop culture.”

For more information or to purchase this work, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant or online at www.ChuckJones.com.

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Commission a Portrait of a Loved One for Valentine’s Day

Each week leading up to Valentine’s Day 2016, we’ll feature an artist and a suggestion for a gift of art for your sweetheart. This week it’s Master American Portrait Artist, Fran Lew.

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“Scarlet and Rhett: Gone with the Wind”, original charcoal and white pastel on toned paper by Fran Lew

What better way to memorialize your love this Valentine’s Day than with a portrait of your beloved by noted American master portrait artist, Fran Lew? With her rich use of texture and subtle emotional undercurrent, Lew’s drawings are more than mere representation; she breathes life into them. What would, in lesser hands, be a fine portrait, become living beings in hers. Her unique ability to reach deeply inside her own self to discover the emotional core of her subject separates Lew from other portrait artists. Portraits begin at $3200 for a single subject.

Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for details:                                                   San Diego 888-294-9880 | Costa Mesa 866-248-2556 | Santa Fe 800-290-5999

About Fran Lew

Fran Lew is Contemporary Realist, trained in Academic Classical Realism. She is best known for her portraits. Lew’s training reaches back to the 19th century French Academy. Her subjects include heads of state, captains of industry, Nobel Laureates, distinguished members of the clergy and medical profession, along with stars of stage and film. Lew’s original work can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections.

 

 

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!

Shop Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28! + Holiday Events at the Chuck Jones Galleries

SS_Logo_Clean_Blue This year, the Chuck Jones Galleries in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and Santa Fe, will be participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015. This is a great time for you to show your support of local businesses that put their “all” into small business. The Chuck Jones Galleries will feature a special promotion for that day only, details to be revealed next week.

 

HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE CHUCK JONES GALLERIES!

Larry Leichliter at SDG 2015_7x5Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, Saturday, December 5 from 5 to 8 PM, RSVP 888-294-9880. The artist will be dedicating artwork purchased that evening.

And at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe

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An exhibition and sale of original art by Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Mike Kungl, Markus Pierson, Fran Lew, and all animation studios.

Friday, December 11 from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, December 12 from 3 to 6 PM. Refreshments will be served. RSVP 800-290-5999. The gallery is located at 126 West Water St., Santa Fe, NM 87501.

 

It’s the Real Thing — The Art of Fran Lew

The dynamic, carefully wrought charcoal drawings by artist Fran Lew are now represented by the Chuck Jones Galleries. With her rich use of texture and subtle emotional undercurrent, Lew’s drawings are more than mere representations of classic film moments, they breathe life into the actors. What would, in lesser hands, be a fine portrait, become living beings in hers. Her unique ability to reach deeply inside her own self to discover the emotional core of her subject separates Lew from other celebrity portrait artists.

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Fran Lew comes from a long line of artists and philosophers. She began drawing at her father’s side at the early age of three. Her formal studies earned her an MFA degree from Boston University. She did her postgraduate work in Venice, Italy at the renowned Palazzo Grassi International Center for Painting and Design. In New York City, she studied at the Art Students
League under masters Daniel Greene and John Howard Sanden; and later moved to White Plains, New York, where she studied under the tutelage of the renowned award winning instructor, Cesare Borgia; protégé of the late Frank Reilly, and founder of the Reilly League of Artists.

The late Frank Reilly is considered one of America’s foremost teachers of realism; and Fran Lew’s growth as an artist is chiefly attributed to her exposure to the Reilly principles of painting. This influence was everywhere evident at her exhibits, among which were Portraits and Figures at the prestigious Columbus Club and Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City. Everyone seeing her work is at once impressed with the deep respect Fran Lew has for the traditions of the Old Masters presented through her own contemporary vision.

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“Ms. Lew is noted for her ability to synthesize a classically-based technique with a contemporary sensitivity. She disarms the formality of the portrait genre by the warmth and humanity of her perception. Her intelligence and receptivity are vital contributing factors to her accomplished style.” –Grand Central Art Galleries

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Public Collections: Cornell Museum; Sherwin Miller Museum; Maitland Art Center Museum; State of Israel Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society

Solo Exhibitions: Columbus Club, New York, 1982; Manhattan Borough President’s Art Gallery, New York, 1989; Pen & Brush Club, New York, 1989; Coalition of Italo-American Assns., New York, 1990; Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, 1990

Group Exhibitions: Palazzo Grassi International Center of Painting and Costume Design, Venice, Italy, 1978; National Arts Club, New York, 1986; Salmagundi Club, 1985, 86, 87; American Artist Magazine Golden Anniversary Exhib. John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1987; Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, 1987; Hudson Valley Art Assn., New York, 1986-94; Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, 1986-89.

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Fran Lew, left, presents her portrait of New York First Lady, Matilda Cuomo to the Honorable Mario Cuomo and his wife, Matilda in a ceremonial unveiling at the prestigious Columbus Club in Manhattan. The portrait was later included in the public tour of the executive mansion in Albany. Photo courtesy New York Daily News.

Call your Chuck Jones Gallery Art Consultant for more details or write to us, info@ChuckJones.com, about adding the work of Fran Lew to your collection.