Born on September 21, 1912 in Spokane, Washington, Jones grew up in Hollywood where he observed the talents of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and worked occasionally as a child extra in Mac Sennett comedies. After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (now California Institute of the Arts) Jones drew pencil portraits for a dollar a piece on Olvera Street. Then, in 1932, he got his first job in the fledgling animation industry as a cel washer for former Disney animator, Ubbe Iwerks.
In a career spanning over 60 years, Jones made more than 300 animated films, winning three Oscars as director and in 1996 an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Among the many awards and recognitions, one of those most valued was the honorary life membership from the Directors Guild of America. During the Golden Age of animation Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous characters—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. The list of characters he created himself includes Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, Michigan J. Frog and many others.
Wellington Gallery is pleased to offer CHUCK JONES fans this unique piece of animation art entitled: "Next to the Last Chance Saloon" featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Elmer Fudd and Wile E. Coyote in this SOLD-OUT 16 Field Limited Edition Cel.
The cel is hand signed by Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002). Its release date was 1990.
This piece was produced in an edition size of 750 pieces (worldwide) and has been SOLD-OUT for two decades and is now very hard to find. The artwork is comprised of a single hand painted cel placed against a photographic background, with an image area measuring 16.5" x 13.5" inches beautifully matted and framed.
The cel has the official Linda Jones gold seal (lower corner), and is accompanied with a letter of authenticity.