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Painter Fabio Napoleoni Unveils an Exclusive Edition at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

Artist Fabio Napoleoni, in an appearance last Friday evening at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter, created quite a stir when he unveiled a recent painting that paid homage to the life and times of Chuck Jones. Titled "It Doesn't Bite", this charming and evocative image features Napoleoni's iconic everyman character, the rag doll Marcenivo, reaching out to a somewhat befuddled Bugs Bunny, with a heart of friendship. 

"It Doesn't Bite" has been created as a limited edition, signed and numbered, fine art reproduction on paper, exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery. There are only 57 examples with 17 hand-embellished Artist Proofs available. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more information at 888-294-9880 or online at ChuckJones.com.  

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Remembering Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones passed away on February 22, 2002.  It doesn't seem possible that a decade has passed since then, for his spirit truly does live on, not only in each of you, but also in the hearts and minds of his three grandchildren, Valerie, Craig, and Todd.    

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Pictured from left: Craig Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Valerie, and Todd Kausen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Chuck Jones's Oscar® for his 1965 short animated film, "The Dot and the Line". 



From Valerie: People love Chuck Jones. In the decade that has passed since Chuck’s death, I have found myself getting to know (and love) him even more deeply. I have the great honor of working with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and witnessing innumerable people being inspired by Chuck’s work, his words, his philosophy, the memories of his kindness and humor.

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I had the great pleasure of growing up with Chuck, being able to work with him closely for many years, to represent him in many situations over the years and be his only granddaughter. 

It would seem that when someone leaves this world that the memory might fade, become less important over time, but Chuck’s influence is growing stronger. The importance of a heartfelt, humor-filled life is now more clear than ever. I am more inspired, connected and dedicated to a creative life and to the pursuit of my own soul’s contribution to this world and I know that this is because of Chuck and what is still alive in this world that he left for us.

People love Chuck Jones. It is a love affair that never seems to end. Chuck changed lives through his work, his encouragement or just by his deep love of living. He is still changing lives, ten years after his passing. 


From Todd: Ten years seems like a long time in most situations, but for some reason, it does not feel very long when thinking back to when Chuck left us.  When I was at the new Chuck Jones Experience in Las Vegas at the Circus Circus Hotel, I was filled with a feeling of missing him. It really is a great experience whether you knew him or not.

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I'm so honored to be associated with him and his great legacy, albeit strictly through nepotism and certainly not through any kind of deserved place.  However, as Chuck used to say, "Even if I don't deserve it, that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it!"  So on this day, I shall reflect on him, his legacy, his impact on me personally and be very grateful for the tiniest piece of his humor, wit and genius that somehow trickled into my blood and allows me to occasionally find the humor in this wacky journey of life.  Thanks for that, Chief!


From Craig: It is quite startling for me to think that it has been 10 years since my Grandfather, Chuck, passed away.  Not only do I recall that day quite vividly, just as I’m sure everyone who has had someone important to them leave, I reflect that now a fifth of my life has been without him here to be able to visit with, ask questions, and laugh with at dinners.  The realization doesn’t quite seem to fit in the scheme of time for me.  Perhaps it is that time is much more relative these days for me, or just that my memories of him within our lives are so ingrained.  But in any case, I would describe my life as being almost completely with him and just a brief moment since without him.  I’m sure that being around his persona, his name, and the memories of him recounted by so many on a regular basis bridges the gap of him not physically being here, but my own memories are as constant and as clear as they ever were. 

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On this day, 10 years later, still my fondest memories are the personal ones; the ones where he created a special moment when I was young(er) like jumping in the pool fully clothed when I learned to swim, or teaching me how to ride my bike, or telling me how special it was when my son was born.  No matter what the memory is for me, each of them, when it includes Chuck, makes me smile.

Love Is in the Hare…

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"Hand kissing.  This is something I took up when I realized its character and intent.  A girl is a continuous thing, and it isn't because the hand-bone is connected to the arm-bone, the arm-bone is connected to the head-bone.  The skin of a girl's hand is connected by direct route and direct wire to her lips, the hand is like holding the end of a lariat, the business part is at the end.  So when the continental gallant kisses a girl's hand he is in effect saying what every sane woman wants to hear: "I'd like to kiss your lips." Shaking hands is just silly, whoever heard of shaking lips?"   

"The purpose of making films is to delight.  The purpose of making films is to excite.  The purpose of making films is to have fun. Not a bad set of rules for marriage–which needs some sensible rules.  Do these rules apply only to your expected audience? No, they only apply to you."

"The weaker sex is actually the stronger sex because of the stronger sex's weakness for the weaker sex."

–Chuck Jones, "Stroke of Genius: A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Love, Life, and Art"

What the Heart Desires
One Man Exhibition

What the Heart Desires

 New works on paper and canvas

Fabio Napoleoni

Solo Exhibition 

San Diego, CA:  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to welcome painter Fabio Napoleoni as they unveil his first solo exhibition in San Diego.  The vernissage is scheduled for Friday, June 3rd from 5 to 8 PM at the gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego’s famed Gas Lamp District.  Mr. Napoleoni will unveil an original painting promptly at 6 PM.  Artesa Winery will host a wine-tasting in celebration of the opening.  An open house is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 2 to 5 PM with Napoleoni in attendance; he will be signing dedications at both events.

What the heart wants and the heart needs can be found in a Fabio Napoleoni painting.  Nostalgia, sorrow and elation; all are there for the world to see and experience.  His vivid use of color and the captivating characters he has created welcome you to an emotional experience that affects not only your mind but deeply touches your heart.  Napoleoni has been influenced by some of the world’s great artists; he has taken that influence and imbued his work with its essence, creating masterpieces that are uniquely his.  Napoleoni’s simple landscapes set the stage for dramatic emotional revelations that speak to our common humanity. 

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Many events influenced Fabio’s artwork but none more than the traumatic events that followed the birth of his second child.  His daughter, born with severe heart abnormalities, had to face several surgeries to correct issues that could have prevented her from having a future.  Overwhelmed with his daughter’s poor health and surrounded by an emotional sea of sorrow from other parents in the same situation, Fabio grew.  While his wife and daughter slept in her hospital room, Fabio wandered the halls of the Children’s Care Unit looking for a spot where he could sketch out his personal thoughts.  From these thoughts a new form of creativity was born.  The doors to Fabio Napoleoni’s heart were now opened for the world to experience.

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present the work of Fabio Napoleoni and will premier two new editions on paper, “Your Voice Makes My Heart Sing” and “I Just Wanted You to Know.”  The fine art print of his “Love Bugs Do Bite” will be our free gift to collectors with each purchase (some restrictions may apply.) 

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The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego 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 and photographers whose work is entertainment related.  For more information please call the gallery at 888-294-9880 or online at www.ChuckJonesGallery.com.  Blog: Chuck Redux


Image of the Day: Two Scent’s Worth

With all this talk about Pepé le Pew coming to the big screen and being voiced by Mike Myers, what could we do but post a couple of great layout drawings of the notorious le skunk français as created by his father, Chuck Jones.  If you'd like to read some of the blog posts and such, please click here or here or here or here.  You get the idea, it's le news du jour!

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Original layout drawing of Pepé le Pew by Chuck Jones for his 1955 "Two Scent's Worth", graphite on 12 field animation paper.

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"Le Mew, le meow" purrs the exquisite pussycat in Chuck Jones' "Two Scent's Worth" of 1955.  Original layout drawing, graphite on 12 field animation paper, 10.5" x 12.5".  

Image of the Day: Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck


In 1989, Chuck Jones' autobiography Chuck Amuck was released with much fanfare and critical acclaim. In a series of appearances at art galleries around the nation that launched the release, Jones was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and admiration from his legion of collectors, fans and admirers.

One aspect of book publishing is the all important cover art, and in the case of Chuck Amuck there was no doubt who would be providing said art.  Chuck Jones created this image of Bugs Bunny seated at an animator's desk, quickly animating Daffy Duck with the sign "Rabbit Season"; it is, in essence, a flurry of drawings as they fly off his drawing surface. 

Released at the same time as his autobiography, Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck is a 16 field (13.5" x 16.5") hand-painted cel art edition.  The line for the edition was created by Mr. Jones in graphite and then beautifully inked (with a brush) by him, it was then transferred to acetate sheets, painted and Mr. Jones then hand-signed each example in the edition.  It is the perfect centerpiece to any collection of Chuck Jones art.  Learn more about it here

Stroke of Genius: A Collection of Paintings & Musings on Life, Love and Art by Chuck Jones


This coffee-table art book is 'Chuck-ful' of delightful
paintings and pithy quotes from America's master of animation.  With
insightful forewords by his wife Marian and daughter Linda (accompanied by his
portraits of each) "Stroke of Genius" delivers a refreshing take on
the Mark Twain of cartoons.  With over 50 oil paintings depicting the
characters Jones created or developed with the other animators at Warner Bros.,
the book gives you the opportunity to witness his off-camera style and
sensibility.  Although the quotes were chosen for their content and then
paired with a painting, many deliver a one-two punch of appropriateness — for
instance, an oil painting depicting Daffy cavorting in a sea of gold and jewels
is accompanied by a quote "Be yourself is about the worst advice you can
give some people."  Repeated viewings of "Stroke of Genius"
do not dim the delight one receives from Jones' astute commentary and masterful
painting style.  This book is a must have for the art connoisseur, the
avid cinephile and those who remember the Warner Bros. cartoons as some of the
happiest moments of their lives. A bonus feature is the flip book design
element that travels up and down the outside edge of the pages—a truly
innovative touch that firmly grounds the book in the fine art of

Artist of Note: Mackenzie Thorpe

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This Is All My Love by Mackenzie Thorpe

The Chuck Jones Galleries will be hosting a trunk show of rare & sold-out limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and sculpture by the internationally acclaimed British artist, Mackenzie Thorpe, on Saturday, March 27th from noon until 6 PM.  Our special guest will be Kari Guhl, Thorpe's publisher and collaborator.  Please join us with your RSVP at SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or by phone at 888-294-9880.

Mackenzie Thorpe was born and raised in the British industrial town of Middlesbrough in the 1950s where his father worked as a laborer and his mother as an auxiliary nurse.  With mixed emotions Thorpe recalls the strong feeling of community spirit, the warmth and humor that flourished in the face of adversity, as well as the loneliness and isolation.

Struggling with dyslexia throughout his childhood, Thorpe found confidence in painting and drawing.  He sought out whatever raw materials he could find in order to express himself; drawing on cigarette packs with stubs of pencils, or using eye-shadow and lipstick cribbed from his mum's makeup bag.   Thorpe quit school with formal qualifications, taking on a variety of manual, unskilled jobs while continuing to draw and paint. 

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Bearer of Love, fine art serigraph on paper by Mackenzie Thorpe

Thorpe eventually gathered up the courage and entered the local art college.  His lack of education and an barely legible application did nothing to warrant support, but the strength and volume of work that he presented, coupled with his enthusiasm and commitment, won him a place at the Middlesbrough College of Art and subsequently, the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. 

After art school, Thorpe spent several years working with inner-city children in London.  Eventually Thorpe left London and with his wife, Susan and children, Owen and Chloe, set up a home and studio in North Yorkshire where he resides today.  His work expresses an entire range of human emotion, from the special bonds of love and friendship to the importance of self-reflection and individual triumphs.  His works are a tribute to the creativity within all of us and are a vivid expression of hope and the ascendancy of the human spirit.

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Walking on Love, a fine art serigraph on paper by Mackenzie Thorpe

Thorpe's perspective on life is clear.  He doesn't hid the fact that often life is a struggle, a dark tunnel which, at times, can seem endless.  However, he passionately believes that our frail dreams are worth nurturing and that love and honesty will triumph over adversity.  Throughout his artistic working years, an iconography (symbolic references) has emerged, some of the more prominent are:

CHILDREN WITH FLOWERS: "Children are the source of love; they plant it at our feet, nurture it and help it grow throughout our lives."

BIG FEET:  "The big feet symbolize that I never want to forget where I came from, no matter how different my life has become.  It can be dangerous to forget your roots.  Your ego takes over, and you've got wings on your feet suddenly.  If I got to full of myself, I wouldn't be the man Susan fell in love with and married.  I wouldn't be the father of my children.  My feet are firmly planted on the ground and that's where I want them to stay, totally grounded.  It's important never to become bigger than your shoes."

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Out for a Walk, fine art lithograph by Mackenzie Thorpe

SQUARE ANIMALS:  "When I started drawing the square sheep they represented society's narrow-mindedness and rejection of things new or different.  But after I had a near-fatal car accident, the sheep came to mean something different to me, more to do with my wife and kids.  My family is one of the biggest influences on me now, I love them with all my heart.  So now, these big square animals are about love and closeness we are so privileged to share.  They fill the entire space of the canvas, as if the feelings we share for each other stretch to the very edge of our world."

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Taking Them Home, fine art serigraph by Mackenzie Thorpe

To learn more about Mackenzie Thorpe, his art & iconography and to preview the trunk show, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant.  San Diego: 888-294-9880, Santa Fe: 800-290-5999 and Tustin: 800-959-7175.