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Artist Jiannan Huang Gifts Painting "Glorious Journey" to the International Olympic Committee

Zaiqing Yu, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, hold the painting "Glorious Journey" gifted by artist Jiannan Huang

Tokyo, Japan. 7th August, 2021. The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics was the first worldwide gathering since the pandemic began in March 2020, and culminated with the closing ceremony on August 8th, 2021. Although it lacked the huge fanfare and crowds of previous Olympics, it will be among the most remembered in history. “For the first time since the pandemic began, the entire world came together,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “Sport returned to center stage. Billions of people around the globe were united by emotion, sharing moments of joy, and inspiration. This gives us hope. This gives us faith in the future.”

In honor of the completion of Olympics 2020, artist Jiannan Huang gifted a painting called "Glorious Journey" which was presented to the President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, by Vice President/Executive Board member, Zaiqing Yu on August 7th, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Jiannan Huang is a well-known artist in China who has been creating a special series of Olympics paintings. He is the Overseas Art Advisor for the 2022 Beijing Olympics "Cheering for the Olympics" Committee, and has been participating in many Olympics charity events.

"Glorious Journey" by Jiannan Huang

Huang's oil painting "Glorious Journey", was inspired by watching Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. It shows a dreamlike world in rich colors, expressive brush strokes, textured layers, and conveys an underlying theme of beauty and excitement. According to Huang, it is meant to symbolize the enthusiasm of people all over the world. The red mountain ridges around the lake are heralded by the blue mountain peaks in the distance which have an interesting mix of dimension, shape, and texture. The flowers blooming brightly in the foreground are meant to symbolize the great competitive spirit of the athletes and their aspirations to climb the highest mountain peaks and achieve their dreams of greatness.

"Olympic Flowers" presented by artist Jiannan Huang to Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympics Committee.

This is the second painting presented by Jiannan Huang to the International Olympics Committee. Previously, on September 16, 2019, Bach met with Huang in Beijing, China, and Huang presented a gift of his oil painting "Olympic Flowers." Huang said, "My Olympic oil painting series are a tribute to Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, and a tribute to the Greek civilization and Chinese culture that advocates peace and human well-being." Huang feels that his paintings are not only meant to integrate art, sports, and the Olympics, but to also integrate the elements of traditional Chinese art, culture, symbolism, and meanings.

"Olympic Magnificence" by Jiannan Huang (2020)

"Olympic Light" by Jiannan Huang (2021)

"The light of the Olympics shines on the glorious journey!" Huang said of his painting "Olympic Light". "I am in Beijing in my studio, but enjoying watching the Olympics and promoting the Olympic spirit. Faster, higher, stronger, and more united. I have added 'beautiful and better' to the foundation, demonstrating the perfect integration of sports and art." Huang said that the combination of culture and sports fits the ideals advocated by the International Olympic Committee. I hope to show the spirit of the Olympics to the world through my art works, spread the spirit of the Olympics, and continue to cheer for the Olympics!

The Flower of the Winter Olympics" by Jiannan Huang (2021)



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