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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.

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.

Artist Mike Bilz at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Do you have a moment for a funny story? Not funny, “ha, ha”, but funny like “what an interesting coincidence”.

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A couple of years ago, a beautiful bride-to-be named Ashley, came into the gallery to meet with her wedding planner (we share our gallery space with event planners). Carol, our art consultant, and Ashley got to talking and turns out that not only do Ashley and her fiance, Mike, love the art of Chuck Jones, but Mike’s also an artist. Carol invites him to submit a canvas to that year’s Red Dot Auction.

"Genius at Work", fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

“Genius at Work”, fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

And everyone loved his work (still do, for that matter)! So, that’s how Mike Bilz became one of the artist working with the Chuck Jones Looney Tunes character legacy. Mike’s unusual and funny point-of-view coupled with his rich, baroque palette and luminous painterly technique make for delightfully unique works of art.

"Socially Secure" a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

“Socially Secure” a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

"Laundry Day" a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

“Laundry Day” a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

For more information about the original and limited edition art of Mike Bilz, please contact Carol Erickson at the gallery, 949-274-4834 or your own personal Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant.

Mike Bilz signing the Chuck Jones Gallery--Orange County "artist" door. Click image for his biography.

Mike Bilz signing the Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County “artist” door. Click image for his biography.

Star Wars Tribute with James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz @ Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego will be the site for a “Star Wars” Art Tribute on Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Our special guest artists will be James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz. RSVP required 619-294-9880.

James Coleman, known around the world as one of the pre-eminent Disney background artists, has, over the past several years, turned his eye to creating a rich and luxurious body of work that celebrates not only his work at Disney and his deep, abiding love for Hawaii, but also his fascination for the movies. His new interpretive “Star Wars” work brings together all of his loves and immense talent to bear on some of the most exquisite paintings and limited edition fine art prints of his career.

"Ewok Village, original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

“Ewok Village, original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

"Meditation", original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

“Meditation”, original painting by James Coleman, acrylic on canvas.

Rodel Gonzalez is a rock star! No, it’s true, Rodel’s first career was as the lead singer for a rock band in his native Philippines. However, over the past few years, he’s turned his creative eye to painting. His interpretive work of the Disney Studio characters and “Star Wars” have become highly sought after by collectors. His innate talent as a narrative painter is one reason his work touches the hearts and minds of so many.

"Captain Phasma" original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

“Captain Phasma” original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

"Good vs. Evil" original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

“Good vs. Evil” original painting by Rodel Gonzalez, acrylic on canvas.

The young artist, Rob Kaz, charms with his whimsical story-telling abilities and vibrant palette of tropical colors. His wit and sharp intellect are apparent in his paintings, with their luxurious colors and dense shapes and forms. Although the shown “Star Wars” works are more monochromatic in palette, they still retain the fresh viewpoint of this young, up-and-coming fine artist.

"Hans Maneuver" original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

“Hans Maneuver” original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

"TR-8R" original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

“TR-8R” original painting by Rob Kaz, acrylic on canvas.

Meet James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz at the Chuck Jones Gallery on Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, RSVP required: 619-294-9880. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gas Lamp Quarter, directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel, and one short block from the Convention Center.

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“Phazer Universe”, “A Daze Work” Artists to Appear at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

Shatner Singularity, publisher of William Shatner’s “WAR Chronicles” and the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego will premier art from two of Shatner Singularity‘s new titles, “Phazer Universe” with art by Mariano Nicieza and “A Daze Work” with art by Tim Walsh and story by Chris Robinson. Meet the artists on Saturday, July 23 at 11:30 AM during Comic Con International!

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Mariano Nicieza

Artist and publisher, Mariano Nicieza

Mariano Nicieza is the creator, writer and artist of “Phazer Universe”, an action-adventure storyline which includes multi-national super-powered heroes and villains, Agent Three Zero, Blackray, Blue Sultan and Phazer.

He is an Executive Producer for William Shatner “WAR Chronicles” and Stan Lee’s “God Woke” and a publisher with credits that include writing, illustration, design, and art direction in: digital and print comic books, graphic novels, magazines, trading-cards, posters, brochures, and dozens of commercial projects for Marvel Entertainment, Disney, Malibu Publishing, Fleer, Paramount, and Panasonic.

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“Battle” by Mariano Nicieza, Fine Art Reproduction on canvas, 16″ x 20″.

"Blackray's Undersea Habitat" by Mariano Nicieza. Fine art reproduction on canvas, 20" x 16".

“Blackray’s Undersea Habitat” by Mariano Nicieza. Fine art reproduction on canvas, 20″ x 16″.

Mariano has a BA in Art from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, a MA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a MFA in Illustration from Hartford University. He currently resides in New Jersey and is the Co-Owner of LNL Partners, Inc., and President of MN Productions, Inc.

Artist Tim Walsh

Artist Tim Walsh

A Daze Work is the creation of Tim Walsh, an award-winning graphic designer and lifelong Jersey Shore resident. Tim took his real-life summer experiences working on the boardwalk, and created a unique comic showcasing them. Writer Chris Robinson had similar experiences during his youth, and was happy to lend his creative style to the pages of A Daze Work. A comedian, improviser, and YouTuber, Chris has taken the imaginative world Tim created, and put his own brand of humorous insanity on each page.

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“A Daze Work” art by Tim Walsh. Fine art reproduction on paper, 15″ x 18″.

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“A Daze Work” art by Tim Walsh. Fine art reproduction on paper, 15″ x 18″.

A Daze Work follows the life of Finch and Barry, two guys flipping burgers and making pizza at The PLUS. The PLUS is a small boardwalk eatery in Pleasant Point, New Jersey. Finch, the main character, is someone you probably knew yourself growing up. An average Joe trying to find his place in the world, yet he always finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Barry is Finch’s best friend. They’ve grown up together and even though they’re working a crummy summer job, they’re both looking for something more out of life. Will they find it? Will wacky customers and summer love derail their plans?

 

Honey Bunny Always Gets Her Rabbit! In Time 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 Warner Bros. and Disney fine artist, Bob Elias.

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Introducing “Honey Bunny Always Gets Her Rabbit!”, a fine art reproduction on canvas by artist Bob Elias, edition of 40 with 14 Artist Proofs. The signed and numbered edition measures 12″ x 15″ and is priced at just $295 with gallery wrap. The APs measure 16″ x 20″ and are only $525, hand-embellished. Delivery available in time for Valentine’s Day giving.

Bob Elias has been painting for the Chuck Jones Gallery since 2011 and enjoys a loyal following of collectors and fans. He’s constantly inspired by Chuck Jones’s Warner Bros. cartoons and also by Jones’s character drawings, especially the lines. Bob’s background in sign-painting is apparent in his masterful use of color-blocking and how he juxtaposes contrasting colors to imbue the image with its fanciful subject matter.

A passionate surfer, Bob can often be found at San Onofre with his long-board. His mastery of this simple, yet difficult sport has contributed to his successful discipline as a painter. His paintings are full of his joie de vivre and yet his technical virtuosity adds another layer of perfection to the finished canvas.

Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant to place your order for “Honey Bunny Always Gets Her Rabbit” today!

San Diego | 888-294-9880 | Costa Mesa | 866-248-2556 | Santa Fe | 800-290-5999 or shop online at ChuckJones.com.

Not to Be Missed! Irvine Classical Players with Seraphim Symphony Perform at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Irvine Classical Players with Seraphim Symphony are pleased to present a musical tribute to the 1996 Emmy Award-winning live action with animation television special, “Peter and the Wolf”* on Friday, May 29 from 7 to 9 PMat the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
Selections of music from Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 symphony with spoken word, “Peter and the Wolf” will be performed live by this group of talented musical prodigies,and a photo montage of the characters designed by Chuck Jones for the live action/animated version will be shown. Introduction and spoken word by Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson.
All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the charities.
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Watch Vinson Luo of the Irvine Classical Players Perform!

 

 

This Just In! “Cels” are 100 Years Old Today!

Thanks to Tom Sito we learned that on this date in 1914, Earl Hurd patented animation ‘cels’ (celluloids) and backgrounds. Before this cartoonists tried drawing the background settings over and over again hundreds of times or slashed the paper around the character and tried not to have it walk in front of anything. By the late 1990’s, most cels & cel paint had been replaced by digital imaging.

"Plein Air Genius" a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

“Plein Air Genius” a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

New Paintings from Christopher Scardino

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce the recent arrival of two new oil paintings by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino.

Combining his love for renaissance art and the cartoon characters so memorably brought to life by Chuck Jones, has inspired Chris to develop a dialogue between the two. In one of the new paintings, “Baroque Bugs” we find Bugs Bunny lounging in toga and flora wreath, carrot juice in a delicate glass bowl at his fingertips, the fruits of the season arrayed in front of him a la Italian painter Caravaggio’s “Bacchus”. Chris has given Bugs the same grand gesture, the comparable chiaroscuro, and the insouciance that characterizes not only Caravaggio’s painting (and life), but that of Bugs Bunny as well.

"Baroque Bugs" oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 27" x 21" framed.

“Baroque Bugs” oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 27″ x 21″ framed.

The second painting, “Man’s Best Friend” puts Marvin Martian on the pedestal he so richly deserves. Imagining what Michelangelo might have sculpted had he had Marvin as a model. we find the otherworldly creature standing proud and tall against the constellations in the night sky above him, his faithful companion, K-9, conveniently ‘covering’ for him. Again, as in “Baroque Bugs”, Chris’s clever insight into the character enriches the viewing experience.

"Man's Best Friend" oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 25" x 19" framed.

“Man’s Best Friend” oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 25″ x 19″ framed.

Chris has said about his work, “I hope that this work will spawn other ideas and…with respect to the nucleus of my work, I hope to awaken an emotion inside us all.”

Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for pricing and availability.

 

 

 

May the 4th Be with You!

Episode IV Decade III

 

John Alvin (1949-2008), arguably the most important movie poster artist of the last quarter of the 20th century, created this poster celebrating the 4th decade of the “Star Wars” trilogy.
Released in 2007 at the Celebration IV convention held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Alvin’s tour de force artistry and virtuoso command of media come together in this magnificent 36″ x 21″ fine art print on paper. Limited to just 250 examples and hand-signed by the artist, this image represents the pinnacle of poster art for the Star Wars franchise.
Offered at just $275 unframed, we are thrilled to be able to offer this important work to the public. Quantities are limited, so call today to order your “Episode IV Decade III Star Wars” poster!

Costa Mesa: 866-248-2556 (866-ChuckJones) or CostaMesa@ChuckJones.com

San Diego: 888-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com

Santa Fe: 800-290-5999 or SantaFe@ChuckJones.com