Category Archives: Inspiration

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.

“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.

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.

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.

 

 

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

The Animated Art of Chuck Jones–New Book!

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce the publication of “The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”. This coffee-table book, measuring 11.5″ square with 116 full color pages, is volume one in a series of books (future volumes are in the works) that chronicle the creative genius of Chuck Jones. A catalog raisonne of the first ever hand-painted cel art editions from the legendary artist, it includes a foreword by noted animation historian, Jerry Beck, as well as “In Linda’s Own Words”, a brief history of the eponymous Linda Jones Enterprises by Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s only child.

LInda Jones Clough holds a copy of “The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”

The book includes the original press release from Neiman Marcus for the 1977 cover art of their Christmas catalog, created by Chuck Jones. Inside the catalog was the second-ever hand-painted Chuck Jones cel art edition, produced in an edition of 25, which immediately sold out. Order today by clicking any of the above images or by calling me at %%assigned_user.phone%%. There are a very limited number of copies available from this first small print run. Don’t miss out! Click here to order.

NOTICE! The first print run has sold out! Back orders are available, delivery expected by mid-January 2019.

Selections from the inside of “The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”, now available for back order. Delivery expected by mid-January 2019. Click any photo to order. 

The Wit and Brilliant Artistry of Mike Peraza

 

 

 

When one looks at Mike Peraza´s impressive career, it is not uncommon to wonder how he had the time to work on so many film projects. From his early days creating layouts, to working as the Art Director for Disney´s The Little Mermaid, Peraza´s amazing talents have shaped the animation world, and helped to usher in the fabled Disney Renaissance.

Mike Peraza in his studio.

It was while Mr. Peraza was attending Cal Arts that he first met Chuck Jones.  Chuck came out to the school to give an inspiring lecture and tell the students that everyone has 10,000 bad drawings in them, so you better get busy filling up your sketchbooks. Mike did just that and after graduation, while returning to his locker to clean out his supplies, Mr. Peraza found a note inviting him to come and work for The Walt Disney Studios, his dream job.

Disney lent Mike out to Steven Spielberg and Bob Zemekis for Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the morning and Mr. Peraza would return to Disney in the afternoon to continue to develop new projects for themIn addition to working on Disney projects, Mike worked on projects for Warner Brothers, Bluth, and Sony including Dragon´s Lair, Space Ace, Thumbelina, Stuart LittleIce Age and art directed Fox´s Anastasia. During Mike’s stay at Warner Brothers he had the honor of working with Chuck Jones on a Bugs Bunny compilation and directing the Umptee series.

“Coyote Coffee” fine art print on paper in an Artist Proof edition of 40 signed and numbered examples. Click the image to purchase. Limited quantity available.

Mike has created a suite of Looney Tunes advertising images for an imaginary (yet, fully realized) ad campaign for a coffee and tea company. Comprised of “Coyote Coffee,” “Don’t Be Latte” and “Taz Tea”, these three fine art giclees on paper show off his innate wit and wonderful artistry. Limited to an Artist Proof edition of 40, they measure an impressive 22″ x 16″ unframed. Just $595 per artwork, there are very limited quantities of each image, so order today in time for Christmas delivery.

“Don’t Be Latte!” fine art print on paper by Mike Peraza. Limited to 40 Artist Proofs, signed and numbered. Click the image to purchase. Limited quantity available. 

As a special for this holiday season, Mike Peraza has created a limited number of original drawings of the most beloved of Looney Tunes characters exclusively for the Chuck Jones Gallery. Measuring 12.5″ x 10.5″ and hand-signed, each drawing brings to life these beloved characters. Priced exclusively for holiday gift-giving at $395 and $495 depending upon complexity, visit his page at ChuckJonesCatalog.com (will open in new window) to view the collection and for more information.

Pepe le Pew, original graphite drawing on paper, 10.5″ x 12.5″, by Mike Peraza for the Chuck Jones Gallery. Click the image to purchase.

Bugs Bunny, graphite and red pencil on paper, 10.5″ x 12.5″ by Mike Peraza exclusively for the Chuck Jones Gallery. Click the image to purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

#GivingTuesday

You can make a difference in someone’s life today with your support.
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity has delivered 1000s of program hours this year and inspired 1000s of children and adults through our core programs that focus on school-age children, brain health for adults, and those living on the autism spectrum.  Our programs have been presented throughout southern California and now in the greater Chicagoland area.
Please take four minutes to watch this video and you’ll know how our work has affected the lives of our participants. If afterwards, you feel compelled to make a donation,
please visit: ChuckJonesCenter.org/take-action/. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Bob Elias — March 22, 1949 — August 5, 2018

We connected with Bob only a decade ago when I learned about his passion for Creativity and the Arts and also for the art and films of Chuck Jones.


I think for some people, it is not only the achievements and the work that they produce while they are on this earth, I think sometimes it is about the quality and sincerity they bring to what they do.

Bob definitely was an incredible artist who brought a perfection to his craft throughout his life and was renowned in so many circles over decades. But what struck me most of all about him was his genuine love and caring for those he came in contact with. He had such a gentle glow that permeated all those around him. His humanity was only matched by his humility.

Whether it was the twinkle in his eye as he mentored a youngster as he painted or the joy in his smile as he sang the theme song from the Grinch to amazed onlookers, he brought out a stillness and calm that brought pause to us all.

No words can come close to fully describing a person like Bob because there was an infinite goodness about him. Every time I saw him with someone there was a truly sincere attentiveness by him and it was obvious he felt the other person was more important to him in that moment than he was.

I miss him now and I will miss him for a long time to come.

Peace be with you Bob, and all of us who love him.

Craig

Craig Kausen is Chuck Jones’s grandson and the president of the Chuck Jones Companies