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Dr. Seuss Unorthodox Taxidermy at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

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Reception | Saturday, May 28, 2016 | 5 to 8 PM | RSVP 888-294-9880

Meet Collections expert, Jeff Schuffman.

Chuck Jones Gallery presents

The Art of Dr. Seuss Exhibition featuring the

Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy,

with an unveiling of the final Marine Muggs sculpture, “Powerless Puffer”

San Diego, California:

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Ted Geisel created paintings and sculpture which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.

A compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection will be on display at Chuck Jones Gallery from May 28-June 12, 2016. Visitors will view works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, and explore The Secret Art of Dr Seuss Collection, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork that Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names like The Carbonic Walrus, The Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.

Chuck Jones Gallery is one of the few galleries in the United States authorized to represent The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. Gallery director Michael Fiacco says: “We are proud to provide our community with a rare opportunity to view and learn about the artistic legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel, one of the most significant American icons of our time.”

Artworks from this historic collection have traveled to museums and galleries across three continents since its inception in 1997, with works from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection now hanging in collections alongside the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, and other 20th century masters. Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions have been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) asked his wife, Audrey, to wait until he was gone before bringing these works to the public. Secretly, he wanted to be recognized as a serious artist, but publicly, he was quick to describe his private works as “Midnight Paintings.” In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel writes: “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.”

Amazingly, despite the unprecedented demand during his lifetime, no limited edition artworks were ever conceived, authorized, or created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after Geisel’s death. That year, Audrey Geisel commissioned this exclusive project and put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions that would carry out her promise to Ted, while firmly establishing him as one of the most iconic talents of the 20th century.

Join us for a fascinating look at the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel!

WHAT:           Art of Dr. Seuss Exhibition featuring known and unknown works from the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Artworks will be on exhibition and available for acquisition.

WHEN:           May 28 to June 12, 2016

WHERE:         Chuck Jones Gallery

232 Fifth Avenue

San Diego, California

RSVP:             888-294-9880

WEBSITE:       www.chuckjones.com

About the Artist: Theodor Seuss Geisel (American, 1904–1991)

Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, began his career as a little known editorial cartoonist in the 1920s. His intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career, and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrations, modeled sculpture, and sophisticated oil paintings of elaborate imagination.

Dr. Seuss is currently best known as one of the most beloved and bestselling children’s authors of all time, having written and illustrated classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ted Geisel was also a political cartoonist for PM magazine during World War II, as well as a contributing illustrator for Vanity Fair and Life. He enjoyed a long, successful advertising career, had writing interests in three Academy Awards, received The Pulitzer Prize, a Peabody Award, and two Emmys.

His unique artistic vision emerged as the golden thread which linked every facet of his varied career, and his artwork became the platform from which he delivered 45 children’s books, over 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters, and clever humor. Geisel single-handedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th century and the inspired nonsense of a child’s classroom doodles.

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About Chuck Jones Gallery:

The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of American Pop Culture, 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 they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com. Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

 

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

The Inspiration Behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be presenting its second Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  Loads of fun art projects for the whole family — parents don't be shy, we want to inspire your creativity too! — drawing, painting, murals, performance art, collage and sculpture.  Each station will be lovingly nurtured by the Center's teaching artists.  At 2 PM that afternoon we hope to beat the world record of 809 people at an art class led by one instructor all in one location set in 2004 in Germany.  Come help us set a new record.  Ticket information at EventComplete.com.  

Here's Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, talking about the inspiration behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw:

 

Watch for more about the teaching artists and our generous sponsors in the coming days!  

Lawrence Noble: Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner Bronze Sculptures

In late 2006, National Sculpture Society member, Lawrence Noble, was commissioned to create bronze sculptures of Chuck Jones' iconic cartoon creations, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.  Working closely from Jones' original model drawings and along with input from Jones' daughter, Linda, Noble drafted several concepts of the characters in his classical illustrative style. 

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Once his drawings were approved by Linda Jones, Noble sculpted a maquette of each of the characters in clay.  This months long process culminated in an exquisite pair of bronze sculptures, cast in the time-honored lost wax casting process, that have been produced in a small edition limited to only 100 examples world-wide. 

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“Art helps us find some of the mysteries [of life] and not necessarily solve them, but at least identify that they are there in our lives. Art is one of those languages that allow us to realize the depth and resonance of our existence.”

For over 30 years, sculptor Lawrence Noble has been answering the call of these mysteries through his sculpture. He considers himself an American sculptor, in the mode of the Romantic sculptors of the late 19th century, Augustus Saint Gaudens and Daniel Chester French.

His early artistic career included designing and illustrating motion picture advertising campaigns including "Time After Time"; "Flash Gordon"; "Sharky's Machine"; "The Empire Strikes Back" (10th Anniversary Poster) and more recently, he has produced sculptures for "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "The Rock". Noble designed an Olympic Gold Medal for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and he sculpted the "Daytona 500" trophy.

Noble’s first bronze sculpture, a life size equestrian monument to Civil War General, Philip H. Sheridan was unveiled in Chicago in June of 1990. He also sculpted the 7' bronze statue of Jack Benny which is located at the Epicenter, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Minor League Baseball Team. Noble produced the "Car of the Year" award for Playboy Magazine from 1990 – 1995 and is a regular contributor to the magazine, including the Millennium Issue (January, 2000).

Noble gradually moved into what he calls the applied art of sculpture, doing mostly large-scale public pieces. "I realized shortly after I started sculpting that I was tapping into the things I was most interested in as a child," he explains. "It had later manifested into graphic art and illustration, but the primal root of it seemed to be that I had a fascination with building three-dimensional objects."

Noble was selected by the California Fire Foundation to produce a bronze monument titled Holding the Line. This memorial to California firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty is located in historic Capitol Park in Sacramento, California. Noble Studio was also commissioned to design and sculpt the San Bernardino County Peace Officers' Memorial, a ten foot tall bronze monument to Peace Officers killed in the line of duty.

The 59 year old artist/sculptor, born in Tampa, Florida, raised and educated in Houston, Texas, has resided in a mountain community in southern California for the last seventeen years with his wife, Elizabeth and their children Casey Josephine and John Marlay. Linda Jones Enterprises is pleased to publish and represent the sculpture, drawings and graphic editions of Lawrence Noble.

Chuck Jones Center Welcomes the Girl Scouts!

On Saturday, April 10 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM , Girl Scout Troops 734, 1172 and 1462 from around Orange County descended on the Chuck Jones Center for their first art badge-earning art class.  Led by teaching artist, Chris Scardino,

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the girls spent the first part of their morning scouting Old Town Orange's Plaza for the existence of three-dimensional art.  Finding plenty of examples was no problem, with stops at the Plaza's fountain and the Martial Arts Center's windows.  

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Enjoying the brief history of art around the world, the Brownie group used this opportunity to learn about creating art as a bridge project to becoming cadets.  Once back at the Center's dedicated space (131 W. Chapman,) the girls worked on a variety of art projects including learning to fold origami cranes, led by Cheryl Posner, the Executive Director of the Center.

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Another project involved creating inspirational mobiles from found objects:

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Other student artists developed new ways of communicating visually by designing and building sculptures from recyclables as others got their hands dirty molding figurines from clay.

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All in all, Saturday at the Center inspired all of the participants (adults included!) and everyone left with a feeling of renewed creative energy; feeling hopeful, happy, and at peace. 

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If this sounds like something you would like your child to participate in, please contact Pamela Marsden, Program Director for the Chuck Jones Center, 949-660-7793 or via email: Pam@ChuckJonesCenter.org. 

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