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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.

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.

 

 

 

Mulligan’s “Wizard of Oz” Mural Finds Its Forever Home at Burnett Library, Long Beach

Just three months after its creation, the 40′ long by 6′ tall mural commissioned by Warner Bros., Habitat for Humanity, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was installed at its permanent home in the central room of the Burnett Library in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls area.

Installation proceeds smoothly. Artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center's Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.
Installation proceeds smoothly as artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center’s Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.

Created in September, the mural, titled “There’s No Place Like Home” was a project conceived by Warner Bros. Studios in conjunction with their commitment to assist Habitat for Humanity in the construction of a home for a deserving family in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood. Employees of the Studio donated their time to the construction project as well as working with Mulligan on the mural project–constructing the felt ‘poppies’ that bloom along the bottom of the mural.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the  library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

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The mural’s beauty and scope start to come together as the panels are placed.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished "There's No Place Like Home" mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz".

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished “There’s No Place Like Home” mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.

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Hang in there, Jimmy, Chuck Redux is almost finished taking photos!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Craig Kausen, Jimmy Mulligan, and Chuck Redux want to thank librarian extraordinaire, Erica Lansdown, for her help and enthusiasm this past Monday!

World Premiere Party for “The Wizard of Oz”

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was honored to be a part of the world premiere party for the newly remastered 3D IMAX version of “The Wizard of Oz” which premiered yesterday at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

DSC06649It was o’dark early when we got there to set-up our art display and the art activities. Pictured above from left: Chris Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist; Scott Ryder, gallery assistant.

DSC06651The room was bathed in shimmering emerald green and brick yellow, casting an other worldly glow on everyone.

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Artist Joseph Yakovetic and his wife, Sammie, assisted with our preparations, cutting ribbons and yarn for the 3D mask making. Along with mask-making there was a table devoted to 3D coloring pages of scenes from Chuck Jones’s animated “Wizard of Oz” from the late 1960s.

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Artists Joseph Yakovetic and Daniel Killen stand in front of their work. Linda Jones Enterprises is pleased to be the art publisher and representative for the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.

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The Center’s teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, discusses his inspiration for “Less Traveled Road”, an oil on panel painting he created for the “Wizard of Oz” collection to Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family”.

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Four of our six artists were on hand for the festivities, from left: Christopher Scardino, Joseph Yakovetic, Robert Delgadillo (RAD), and Daniel Killen. Not pictured: Kathy Daywalt, Shakiba Hashemi, and T. J. Novy.

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Linda Jones, Chuck Jones’s daughter, led Rico Rodriguez and friend (filming for Entertainment Tonight) in a lesson on how to draw a horse of a different color.

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The spirit of Judy Garland as Dorothy (via Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum) was present yesterday, “there’s no place like home!”