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


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.


Shop Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28! + Holiday Events at the Chuck Jones Galleries

SS_Logo_Clean_Blue This year, the Chuck Jones Galleries in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and Santa Fe, will be participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015. This is a great time for you to show your support of local businesses that put their “all” into small business. The Chuck Jones Galleries will feature a special promotion for that day only, details to be revealed next week.



Larry Leichliter at SDG 2015_7x5Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, Saturday, December 5 from 5 to 8 PM, RSVP 888-294-9880. The artist will be dedicating artwork purchased that evening.

And at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe


An exhibition and sale of original art by Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Mike Kungl, Markus Pierson, Fran Lew, and all animation studios.

Friday, December 11 from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, December 12 from 3 to 6 PM. Refreshments will be served. RSVP 800-290-5999. The gallery is located at 126 West Water St., Santa Fe, NM 87501.


Chuck Jones in the News–Recent Press

Sabeena Khosla writes in the online magazine, “Highbrow”, about Chuck Jones and the exhibit “What’s Up, Doc? — The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” currently on view at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY. Read the article here.

In the online blog, “War is Boring” Steve Weintz writes about the professional and personal relationship of Ted Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, and Chuck Jones. You can read it here.

Key Master set-up from "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas", 1966.

Key Master set-up from “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, 1966.

From Louisiana with Love

Last summer Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, hosted an exhibit, "What's Up, Doc?, The Animated Art of Chuck Jones".  One of the frequent visitors was a young man named Kamden, who is an aficianado of all things Chuck Jones. 

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Kamden meets Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa.

He enjoyed the exhibit so much, and new so much about Chuck Jones, that he even ended up giving a few "tours" to other visitors during the times he was there.

As life happens, his parents planned a trip to southern California this winter with stops in San Diego and Orange County, with the thought that they'd see the Chuck Jones Galleries while they were out here. 

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Here's Kamden in front of the Chuck Jones Gallery on 5th Avenue in San Diego's historic Gas Lamp District.

But the highlight of the trip for Kamden was meeting Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. It was serendipity because Linda just happened to be here for another meeting. 

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From left, Kamden's dad, Tom, younger brother, Cale, Linda Jones, Kamden, and his mom, Sherry.

Kamden knows all about Chuck's and Dr. Seuss's relationship and their work during WWII. He is schooled in all things Chuck Jones and will perhaps work in one of our galleries one day!

Chuck Jones Gallery Launches New Website

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The Chuck Jones Gallery unveiled its new and improved website today. Redesigned, reorganized, and refreshed, ChuckJonesGallery.com is ready to assist you with your collecting needs. Whether its Chuck Jones (our specialty!), the Chuck Jones Centennial Homage Artists (James Coleman, Eric Goldberg, Mike Kungl, Mike Peraza, Tennessee Loveless, to name but a few), Fabio Napoleoni, Markus Pierson, or many of DC Comics most well-known artists, such as Alex Ross and Jim Lee, the Chuck Jones Gallery website is your destination for the finest art of the animated film, comics, and an exceptional selection of artists whose work inspires.

Of course, we represent all major animation studios as well as the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. Join us today and take our new website for a spin! Who knows what work of art might jump out at you, begging you to take it home. 

Smiles Guaranteed! Chuck Jones Gallery–Tustin Now Open Saturdays

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The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce that beginning Saturday, October 29th, its Tustin, California location will be open Saturdays from 10 AM to 6 PM.  Come on by and bring this blog post with you to receive a free Chuck Jones SMILE fine art print (choose from 4 different images!)*  In Tustin, you'll find all of the art from your favorite animation studios as well as that of Dr. Seuss, Fabio Napoleoni, Markus Pierson, Eric Goldberg and of course it goes without saying, the incomparable work of Chuck Jones.  

The Tustin Gallery is conveniently located at 3065 Edinger Avenue, Tustin, between the 5 and the 55 freeways and just east of Jamboree in the Tustin Metrolink Plaza.  Call 866-ChuckJones (866-248-2556, our local number is 949-660-7791) for more details.  Stop by and say hello–we guarantee you'll leave with a smile on your face and one in your hands!  www.ChuckJonesGallery.com

*Must be present to redeem.  

Museum of Science and Industry–Chicago Hosts Dr. Seuss Exhibit

Three of our Chuck Jones Gallery staff attended this past weekend's opening gala for "Dr. Seuss and the Art of Invention" at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  

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Making the scene at "the Bean" (AKA "Cloud Gate" by Anish Kapoor) are from left, Scott Dicken, VP of retail for Linda Jones Enterprises, Micah Murray and Kate Bowerman, art consultants at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.  Afterwards, they took an architectural tour of Chicago from a boat (and got soaked–the weather is less predictable in Chicago than it is in southern California) and later in the day headed down to the Museum for the opening gala.

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Scott, Kate and Micah smile for the birdie at the gala reception for the opening of "Dr. Seuss: the Art of Invention" at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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The next day, before heading home, they stopped at the studio of artist Peter Mars, who had contributed an homage image of the Lorax to the current exhibit.  From left, artist Peter Mars, Scott Dicken, Micah Murray and Kate Bowerman.  

Dr. Seuss AKA Stroogo Von M.

Green Cat with Lights by Dr. Seuss

In his early career as a magazine humorist and advertising-copy artist, the nom de plume underwent a number of per­mutations—Theo Seuss 2nd, Dr. Theo­phrastus Seuss, and the cumbersome Dr. Theodophilus Seuss, Ph.D, I.Q., H2SO4. Geisel started to recede, even as Seuss enlarged. When a children’s book titled And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by “Dr. Seuss” appeared in 1937, the future was set.  Four “fame-producing” decades later and Ted’s painting, Green Cat with Lights, has been completed and mysteriously signed, “Stroogo Von M.” But why? 

Audrey Geisel says “ Ted liked to hang that artwork in the entryway of Seuss House. When people would come in, they would invariably ask about the painting. Ted would answer, ‘That’s my Stroogo Von M. How do you like it?’ In return, what he would get from friends was an honest opinion without them knowing it was his painting.” 


Ted’s “tongue in cheek” humor may have prompted him to positively recycle the name “Stroogo.” Stroogo first appeared as the henchman who would walk up and down walls in Ted’s short-lived 1935 comic strip “Hejji.” He resurfaced as Dr. T’s henchman in the 1953 movie, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T., a project Ted had high hopes for, but which soured him on moviemaking for the rest of his life.

Green Cat with Lights falls into the category of Ted’s “Big Cats” along with Joseph Katz, Indistinct Cat, Cat from the Wrong Side of the Tracks, Alley Cat for a Very Long Alley, and Wisdom of the Orient Cat. These are some of the most sought-after and cherished artworks of the entire collection.

Green Cat with Lights is a fine art edition measuring 34" x 24" unframed.  Call your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more details and to add this beautiful new edition from the most iconic of American children's authors and illustrators to your collection.  

Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: 888-294-9880

Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe: 800-290-5999

Chuck Jones Gallery–Tustin: 800-959-7175

This artwork may also be ordered online at ChuckJonesGallery.com.  

Believe in She Hosts “Party for a Purpose” at Chuck Jones Gallery — San Diego

Believe in She, a locally-owned business dedicated to inspiring moms and daughters to live happier and healthier lives, will present "Party for a Purpose" to support City of Hope's Yoga for Hope event by raising money for cancer, diabetes and AIDS research at a fundraiser to be held Thursday, March 3 from 6:30 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in San Diego's famed Gaslamp District.  The suggested ticket donation is $50.00.  

"The community is going to be treated to an amazing night," enthused Believe In She owner (and Chief Inspiration Officer) Jamie Dicken, "Lululemon will present a fashion show featuring Believe in She moms and daughters, live music will be provided by Hilary Michels, there'll be fabulous food with wine tasting provided by our friends at Arroyo Seco Vineyards, Bridgeview Winery and Couvillion Winery.  Plus the gallery will be hosting a special exhibit of Pop Culture artwork including work from such icons as Charles Schulz, Dr. Seuss and of course, the genius of Chuck Jones."

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Believe in She president Jamie Dicken, left, and her daughter, Juliette.  Juliette is the only child in the San Diego area to be certified to teach yoga. 

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets in advance, click on Believe in She.

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Believe in She was founded by Jamie Dicken after she noticed her daughter's self-esteem plummet as she began to navigate the tween challenges of body image, frenemies and technology.  Determined to shift this negative cycle, the two of them joined forces to and created Believe in She to empower moms and their tween daughters to live happier and healthier lives using yoga and journaling to start conversations that strengthen the mother-daughter bond and improve self-esteem.  

Today is the 44th Anniversary of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” TV Special

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Above and below are pre-production mixed media (graphite, colored pencil and marker pen on paper) concept drawings by Chuck Jones for his 1966 TV special "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" that aired December 18, 1966 on CBS, pre-empting Lassie.

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"Cindy-Lou Who surprises the Grinch.  I drew Cindy-Lou to appear like a great-grandchild of the Grinch, but with everything right where he is wrong."–Chuck Jones

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Boris Karloff narrated, June Foray was the voice of Cindy-Lou Who and Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of Tony the Tiger) sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," which was composed by Albert Hague with lyrics by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss.)  

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"'Christmas day will always be, just as long as we have we."