Free Hugs and a Message from Chuck Jones Companies

I am writing this note today to let you know that although we as a family company are spread out in multiple cities, we, and our families, are safe and healthy in our respective hometowns.

Like the rest of the country, we are following the recommended guidelines of the CDC and our respective states to minimize any unnecessary group interactions and certainly being vigilant about our cleanliness and awareness of the ongoing situation.

Additionally, we are doing our best to maintain our ability to keep the operations that include preparing artwork, framing, shipping artwork and other items that we’ve promised to our friends and collectors. Thank you for your understanding for any minor delays.

Although there are so many priorities to be aware of in each of our lives these days, we know your collections are very important to you, as they always have been to each of us.

This is not a solicitation or attempt to “sell” you something, but it is our intent that if you choose to continue to surround yourself with things that make you smile, that we could make it easier for you to do so.

Although we are taking every precaution with our staff and locations, you might feel uncomfortable visiting the galleries in person; we will be glad to ship you artwork for your review at our cost as well as return it to our galleries if you choose not to keep it in your collection. (Some restrictions on size may apply.)

Additionally, until we are all back to our (somewhat) normal lives, we are allowing everyone to use their 10% earned “coyote cash” instantly on every work of art regardless of what it is.

Almost everyone here at the Linda and Chuck Jones Companies has been together since the early to mid-1990s. We truly are a family. And our Founder, Linda, is still inspiring us to continue the mission she set in 1977 which is to find artwork wherever it is, whether in someone’s basement or warehouse or in the heart of an artist, and bring it to those who love it.

All 35 of us and our families send you sincere wishes of health, well-being, and a bit of peace of mind during this time… and perhaps even an occasional smile or laugh, too…

Wishing you the best,

Craig Kausen
President, Chuck Jones Companies

To receive your Free “Bear Hug” print, go to https://www.chuckjonescatalog.com/new-page and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! 50th Anniversary

Animation Art Exhibition Will Benefit

Palm Springs International Animation Festival

Palm Desert, CA: Join the Chuck Jones Gallery–Palm Desert in supporting the Palm Springs International Animation Festival (PSIAF), a nonprofit celebration and showcase of contemporary animation, on Saturday, March 21st, 4 to 7pm. The Chuck Jones Gallery is located at the Gardens on El Paseo, main level directly across from Saks Fifth Avenue. Welcome and remarks at 5 PM. $20 minimum suggested donation (which includes free admission to the PSIAF Showcase on April 18 at the Mary Pickford Theater). A generous percentage of all gallery sales to benefit PSIAF. With your art purchase, you will receive free admission to ALL PSIAF 2020 events, including the Festival and Awards on December 12th. Wine and small bites will be served. Admittance is open to the public.

“We’re thrilled to host this fundraiser for PSIAF,” said gallery director, Michael Fiacco. “Animation is the most complicated and time-consuming way of creating a motion picture, requiring the creative talents of artists and engineers alike and PSIAF is committed to celebrating the many women and men who work in this exacting field.”

Special guests at the reception and fundraiser will include legendary animators Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito who will sign and dedicate new works, including a brand new Scooby Doo 50th Anniversary hand-painted cel art edition! An extensive array of original vintage animation art, as well as a huge selection of limited editions and fine art prints, will be exhibited and available for acquisition.  A portion of proceeds from sales the night of the event will benefit the programs of the PSIAF.

As a young child, Willie Ito learned to draw on the pages of Sears catalogues while his family was incarcerated at the Japanese internment camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II. He then studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles before joining Walt Disney Studios in 1954 where he became Iwao Takamoto’s assistant as an in-betweener on the “Lady” unit of the feature film, Lady and the Tramp, illustrating the movie’s famous spaghetti-eating scene. Ito then worked alongside legendary animator Chuck Jones at Warner Bros. before joining Hanna-Barbera during development of The Jetsons. Ito remained at Hanna-Barbera for the next fourteen years, where he worked on layouts and backgrounds for such series as The Flintstones and The Yogi Bear Show, and designed characters like the title characters from Hong Kong Phooey and Goober and the Ghost Chasers.

Jerry Eisenberg quit art school to take his first job, as an inbetweener for MGM, in 1956. The studio closed seven months after Eisenberg’s hire, and he went to work as an assistant to Ken Harris at Warner Bros. Cartoons in the Chuck Jones unit. In 1961, Eisenberg was hired at Hanna-Barbera Productions, run by former MGM cartoon producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Here, Eisenberg co-created The Peter Potamus Show, designed the characters on Wacky Races and Super Friends, and worked in layout on programs such as The Jetsons, The Huckleberry Hound Show, and Jonny Quest.

The Palm Springs International Animation Festival in its 4th year is a global competition in animation and exhibition of the worlds most talented artists and filmmakers. Each year PSIAF awards over thirty filmmaking categories of animation including Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short with over 20 different styles from 2D, 3D, Stop-Motion, Hand-Drawn, Painted, Watercolor, Sand, Paper, Experimental, VFX, and more.  PSIAF is a non-profit organization helping the Coachella Valley community experience various animated media and interact with the art form’s creators, artists and visionaries, enhancing their knowledge of the art of animation filmmaking.

The Chuck Jones Gallery—Palm Desert is a POPUP at the Gardens on El Paseo through March 31, 2020. Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the fine art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in the Coachella Valley devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists. For more information: mfiacco@chuckjones.com.

To learn more about the Palm Springs International Animation Festival: www.psiaf.org.

“Marilyn–Like No Other” New Work from Fran Lew

The inimitable master American portraitist, Fran Lew, has just completed a portrait of Marilyn Monroe, titled, “Marilyn–Like No Other”. Using her trademark charcoal and white pastel, Lew’s deft handling of the medium becomes her subject matter like no other artist in recent memory. Her work pays homage to the great John Singer Sargent — Lew was represented by Grand Central Gallery in New York City — a gallery which Sargent was co-founder at the turn of the last century with another American master, Robert Henri.

“Marilyn–Like No Other”, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 15″ x 14″, by Fran Lew, January 2020.

This new work, not unlike Lew’s last portrait of the star, “Marilyn, Unzipped”, brings to life the star power, and the innocent knowing, of this magnetic and magnificent movie star.

“Marilyn, Unzipped” charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 22″ x 18″ by Fran Lew, completed in 2019.

For more information about the art and artist, please contact Robert Patrick at Rpatrick@ChuckJones.com or at 949-386-7504.

Chuck Jones Gallery POPUPS in Palm Desert!

For the third year in a row, the Chuck Jones Gallery will POP UP in Palm Desert from January 9, 2020 through March 31, 2020. Located in the prestigious Gardens on El Paseo, the Chuck Jones Gallery POP UP is located across from Saks Fifth Avenue on the ground level.

The gallery is open 11 to 6 daily; 12 to 5 on Sundays. Open late on Saturdays beginning Jan. 25th for concerts at the Gardens on El Paseo.

For more information, please contact the Chuck Jones Gallery Director of Special Exhibitions, Michael Fiacco at MFiacco@ChuckJones.com or at 206-226-8142.

We’ll be inaugurating the POP UP Chuck Jones Gallery with a new Dr. Seuss exhibit, “Discover the Cat Behind the Hat” —- with special guest, the Art of Dr. Seuss representative, Jeff Schuffman, on Saturday, January 25th from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Wine and small bites will be served.


For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. 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, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.


These rare and controversial works of art are making their first appearance in the Coachella Valley. It is a must-see exhibition for fans of the enigmatic and exuberant genius of Dr. Seuss.

The Cat Behind the Hat!

Please join us as we present

The Cat Behind the Hat!

at our new location in San Diego’s Little Italy

1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101

Opening night reception, Saturday, November 2, from 5 to 8 PM. RSVP by writing SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or calling 619-294-9880.

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. 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, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture, which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Chuck Jones Gallery will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection at the gallery, located at 1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, from November 2 through November 14. Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which 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 such as Carbonic Walrus, Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.

Additionally, Ted’s cat was never far from his artist thoughts. He drew himself as The Cat Behind the Hat, his cat was the protagonist in several of his Secret Art paintings and, as a fun aside, many of his early advertisements and cartoons had a “cat bystander” witnessing all the action. They hinted at his adventures across the world, his reclusive sensibility despite his fame, and his penchant for the childlike fantasy and humor, which infused nearly every facet of his life.

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, this exclusive project put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions, which firmly established him as one of the most iconic artistic talents of the 20th century.

Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has 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.

Cat in Obsolete Shower Bath, fine art print by Dr. Seuss. In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel (Ted Geisel’s widow) writes, “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.” Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the unique artistic vision of Theodor Seuss Geisel!

 

 

Chuck Jones Big Draw Visits Planet X

Chuck Jones Big Draw!

  A “Space”tacular FUNdraiser for Creativity

Benefitting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Costa Mesa, CA: “It looks like you’re having fun,” was one of the highest compliments given by famed artist, author, and educator, Don Graham, to his students when the work they were doing showed promise. Having fun is an important part of creative endeavors at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Chuck Jones Big Draw, a FUNdraiser for Creativity—will benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity,” says Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board and grandson of Chuck Jones, “the Center serves school-age children, senior brain health, and children and young adults on the autism spectrum.”

A carnival atmosphere focused on Outer Space Exploration and Planet X will pervade this family-friendly event where you and your children will be able to participate in creativity stations throughout the 4000 square foot Center. You’ll create rocket banks, build your own space ship and space helmet, design and make Planet X creatures and origami asteroids, toy-making, animation light-table drawing, and a stop-motion animation station where you’ll be able to make your own cartoon using some of Chuck Jones’s favorite characters like Marvin the Martian, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and 10,000 Martians.

Chuck Jones Big Draw, a FUNdraiser for Creativity, will be open from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, October 13 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, Ca. Tickets are $5 per person, and will include a “Mix-Your-Own-Soft-Drink bar, fresh Popcorn, and a Decorate-Your-Own-Brownie station. Tickets available at ChuckJonesBigDraw.org.

The Chuck Jones Experience Pops Up!

The Chuck Jones Experience Pops Up in Laguna Beach!

At Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art

Two Weeks Only!

Laguna Beach, CA: The Chuck Jones Experience, last seen in Las Vegas’s Circus Circus Hotel in 2015, will be on display at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art from August 1 through August 15, 2019. The exhibition will include rare and vintage original production art from films and books created by four-time Academy Award-recipient, and animation legend, Chuck Jones.

The Chuck Jones Experience will be open seven days a week from 11 to 6 PM each day through its run and is free and open to the public. Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art is located at 611 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, California. Opening events are planned for Thursday, August 1st during Laguna Beach’s First Thursday Art Walk as well as a Grand Opening on Saturday, August 3rd from 3 to 7 PM.

“We’re particularly thrilled to bring the Chuck Jones Experience to Laguna Beach, long a bastion of the visual arts in Orange County,” said Director of Special Exhibitions, Michael Fiacco. “Not only did Chuck Jones summer on the Newport Peninsula in the early 20th century, he also made his home here for the last few decades of his life. This exhibit covers much of his career, from original production art used to create such films as 1947’s Pepé le Pew film, “Scent-imental Over You” to 1996’s Emmy Award-winning “Peter and the Wolf”.  Also included are original works for two of his books, the autobiography “Chuck Amuck” as well as “Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life.”

Besides the exhibition of rare vintage artwork, the exhibit also includes Jones’s contemporary work that is available for acquisition. From his stunning street scenes to his cel art editions and fine art prints that feature the Looney Tunes characters he made so popular, this portion of the exhibit will wow spectators and entice collectors alike.

Images and complete Chuck Jones biography available upon request.

On the Avenue–Events During Comic Con

Holy Cosplay, Batman!

Chuck Jones Gallery Announces

Comic Con Events

San Diego, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery announced today their lineup of events during this year’s Comic Con International, July 18-21st. The gallery, located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter at 232 Fifth Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Hotel, and a half block from the San Diego Convention Center, is pleased to present a series of artist appearances that will delight and inspire Comic Con attendees.

  • Wednesday, July 17, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Two Sides of the Same… Meet Simpsons storyboard artist, Stephen Reis and view his latest work, Two Sides of the Same… Also this evening, our special guests will be Girls Drawin’ Girls!

“Two Sides of the Same…Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote” fine art print on canvas by Stephen Reis

  • Thursday, July 18, from 2 to 5 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Meet Minimalist and MLB-authorized artist, S. Preston, as we premier new work by the artist featuring all of your favorite Looney Tunes characters. Exhibition and sale. The artist will be dedicating artwork purchased for this event.

“Minimalist Broomstick Bunny” fine art print on paper by S. Preston

  • Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Meet Chuck Jones’s grandson, Craig Kausen, for an evening of great art, Warner Bros. trivia contest, and raffle prizes! We’ll be premiering new work from the incomparable 4-time Academy Award-winning animation legend, Chuck Jones. A not-to-be-missed evening!

“The Fanatic”, fine art print on paper from an original watercolor by Chuck Jones.

  • Friday, July 19, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: How About a Quick Stop on Venus? Artist reception for the remarkable Fabio Napoleoni. At this exhibition and sale, Fabio will be dedicating artwork purchased for this event. View exclusive original art and rare editions by this American Master.

“How About a Quick Stop on Venus?” fine art print on canvas by Fabio Napoleoni. Our exclusively.

  • Saturday, July 20, from 4 to 6 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Meet the incomparable animation legend, Willie Ito. With a career spanning several decades, this versatile artist and bon vivant will wow you with his tales of working with the greats of the Golden Age of Animation, including Chuck Jones and Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. View and acquire his original drawings!

Original drawing, mixed media on paper, by Willie Ito.

  • Saturday, July 20, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Join us in a galaxy far, far away as we celebrate the epic tale of Star Wars with artists Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz! Featuring new original work depicting your favorite moments from the Star Wars legend. Both artists will be dedicating artwork purchased for this event.

“At an End Your Rule Is” fine art print on canvas by Rodel Gonzalez.

“Light Versus Dark” fine art print on canvas by Rob Kaz.

  • Sunday, July 21, from 9 to 5 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Comic Con comes to a close.

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 42nd anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also artwork 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 it closes at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

 

 

Broken Hearts on Valentine’s Day with Art Theft

Broken Hearts on Valentine’s Day with Art Theft

At Costa Mesa Art Gallery

In the South Coast Collection (SoCo) OC MIX Building

Costa Mesa: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located at 3313 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California in the South Coast Collection (SoCo) OC MIX building, was the site of a smash and grab theft of three works of art Thursday morning, February 14, 2019. The thieves smashed in the front door of the gallery and made off with over $7900 worth of original and limited edition artwork.

Stolen were: “Wishful Thinking No. 8” an original mixed media artwork by Tom Everhart, “Rats!” a framed limited edition fine art print on paper, edition #16, from 21st Century Publishing, and “Hey Linus, Guess Who’s Back?” a mixed media cel art edition number 26 with an original pencil drawing by Lawrence Leichliter from Sopwith Productions and Bill Melendez Studios.

“No other works of art are missing from the gallery,” said Scott Dicken, VP of Retail Sales for Linda Jones Enterprises, the parent company of the Chuck Jones Gallery organization. “It appears that the break-in occurred during the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day when the open-air mall is closed. The smashed-in glass of the front door was discovered by routine security patrolling of the mall. We’re thankful that no one was hurt during the break-in.”

Anyone with information regarding this theft is encouraged to contact Julie Dance of the Costa Mesa Police Department, 714-754-5252 or jdance@costamesaca.gov.

Happy Birthday, Paul Klee!

Happy Birthday, Paul Klee, born 139 years ago today. Chuck Jones was inspired by the artwork of Paul Klee and created “Portrait du Cochon” (Portrait of a Pig) as an homage in 1989. Klee’s original, “Senecio” from 1922 is below Jones’s.

Klee was and is revered by artists and one of his most often quoted statements is: “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

“Portrait of a Pig” 1989 by Chuck Jones

“Senecio” 1922 by Paul Klee