It all started in San Francisco
My love for comics comes from a long time ago. I grew up surrounded by family friends who worked as comic artists and that gave me the opportunity to watch fascinated how they drew day and night. The best moment of the week was going to the local comic store and finding more about my favourite superheroes.
Everything changed in November 1997. I was walking down Market Street, San Francisco, when a Warner Bros store caught my attention. I didn’t think twice and went in.
As I entered looking around I saw what they call “Animation Art Gallery” with many art pieces that included most of Warner characters. The memories from all the cartoons I had enjoyed as a child came back and I couldn’t resist to stare at a huge framed artwork of Bugs Bunny joking and smiling.
While admiring the artworks, the person working at the store approached to me and we started a conversation. He was currently studying animation at University of California and told me about the uniqueness and singularity of each Animation art and Production cel.
Our first gallery in 1998
After a couple hours of great conversation (with the guy that was at the moment studying animation in University of California) I bought my first piece of animation art, a limited edition cel of Duffy Duck by Chuck Jones: “Nasty Canasta”.
At that moment I couldn’t imagine what was going to happen between Mr.Jones and I years later.
Once I landed in Barcelona I started studying carefully this special kind of art. For almost a year I did all in my hand to become an expert, read all the books, and kept in touch with many animators and art departments of major studios around the world.
Finally, all the work payed off and a new gallery was born in 1998 being the first animation and comic art gallery in south Europe.
The company, called BAC ART (it was 2008 when the name was changed to Corner4art) , was based in Barcelona and started selling animation art, comic art and original certified autographs.
20 years later the gallery still remains as a family business where family members work proudly everyday to continue being a reference for many collectors around the world.
Our first studios
Since then the gallery has been selling thousands of artworks to many major studios like Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Linda Jones Enterprises-Chuck Jones, Paws Inc-Garfield, Fox studios, Sowa Reiser or Hulton Getty between others.
“Since the beginnings our purpose has been to encourage people to acquire original artworks from other art lovers like us.”
One of our best strengths is to keep in touch personally with artists and studios. So as crazy as it sounds on November 1999 we flew to Chuck Jones studio in California to ask for official distribution of Chuck Jones art in south Europe. We did it.
We lived the incredible experience of meeting Linda Jones and visiting Mr. Jones studio.
Unfortunately he was not there because of the flu but he is still one of my favourite artists and I will never forget the incredible experience.
Our beloved artists
Since that moment we have had the opportunity to represent many artists always having direct contact with most of them.
Special mention to Jordi Macabich (owner at BARDON ART agency) who was an extraordinary person and our first patron.
There are artists like Carrillo, Badía Romero, Antonio Bernal, Enrique Ventura, Cels Piñol, Cuco Millet, Joan Carles Rodríguez… that have been with us since before 2000, and almost 20 years later we still represent them happily.
After we have introduced big names like Manuel Sanjulián, Manuel Sanjulián Jr, Joan Vizcarra, Mike Ratera, Juapi, Tony Fernandez, Juan Carlos Tur and many others.
We have been honored to sell artworks from Frank Miller, Boris Vallejo, Romita Sr., Al Williamson, Milo Manara, Uderzo, Pepe Gonzalez, Will Eisner, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Chuck Jones, Virgil Ros among others.
Corner4art today and tomorrow
Corner4art owns a very strong collection with more than 2.500 unique and exclusive artworks based on animation art, comic art, sculptures, limited editions and street art.
We have access to more than 7.000 artworks, and 80% of these pieces come from personal artists’ collections. Each artwork is specially selected between our team and the artist to be distributed through Corner4art.
We’re very proud to offer a wide range of artworks and prices to all kind of collectors.
Our intention is to offer the best products range to our dear customers around the world,
In 2016 Corner4art has sold more than 1500 artworks to collectors in 23 different countries around the world.
Our Offices and studio
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You can reach us at:
Pilar Franquet, 28 A LOCAL
08870 – Sitges | Barcelona | Spain
Tel. (34) 607 34 13 25