Master Artists Lisa Schulte and Jiannan Huang Announce Their Collaboration at Press Conference
Updated: Jul 3
LABA Board member Harrison Engle, neon artist Lisa Schulte, LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang (iPad) attending by video conference, and TV host Joey Zhou
Panorama City, California, USA. 7th June, 2023. Neon artist Lisa Schulte and LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang announced their collaboration at a press conference at Lisa Schulte's Nights of Neon studio in Panorama City, California. The two artists will collaborate and work together to create a new art piece, a neon sculpture based on the bold and vibrant paintings by Jiannan Huang.
The two artists first met during a video conference at the Los Angeles Beverly Arts (LABA) Icon Awards last year. As master artists, they both look forward to embarking on this creative journey together. While the two artists have not yet met in person, they are communicating through interactive exchanges and video conference, as Huang is located in Beijing, China, and unable to travel right now. As Lisa Schulte previously communicated to Huang, "Your skillful brushwork, vibrant colors, and intricate textures will serve as the foundation for this sculpture, providing a solid and visually captivating base from which I can expand upon. Your artistic vision and mastery of painting techniques will bring depth and artistry to the sculpture, creating a harmonious interplay between the painted elements and the neon accents."
Neon artist Lisa Schulte is interviewed by the media
At the press conference, Lisa Schulte welcomed the guests to her studio, and showed them her extensive collection of neon art work. Lisa Schulte is an American artist, also known as "The Neon Queen", who is best known for her work in expressive neon sculpture. Her work is exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. Schulte started bending neon in the early 1980s, creating custom neon signs and neon prop rentals to the entertainment industry under her Los Angeles-based neon studio, Nights of Neon. In addition to making her own art, Schulte produces custom designs and signage for clients that have included: Showtime, The WB, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, ABC, Nike, CBS, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Gucci, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, YSL, KARMA Automotive, & NBC. Lisa Schulte is also the winner of the the 2nd LABA Icon Award and a LABA advisor.
LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang (iPad) attending by video conference
Jiannan Huang is one of the world's finest artists, specializing in Western oil painting and Chinese ink. He is ranked third on the 2020 Hurun China Art List and 19th on the Hurun Global List with sales of $29 million. Jiannan holds several positions - Director of the Chinese Traditional Culture Promotion Association, member of the French National Artists Committee, art consultant for the World Low Carbon Cities Alliance, and France Geany City Gold Medal Honorary Citizen. He was awarded the title of "Earl" by the Indonesian Royal Family. In 2021, he was given an honorary membership into the Royal Society of St. George (RSSG), California Branch, and received the RSSG "Master of Arts" Award and the Top 10 LABA Most Influential and Most Valuable Artist Award in 2022.
"Golden Valley and Silver Flowing" by Jiannan Huang
After nearly two months of research and discussion, Ms. Lisa Schulte selected three oil paintings by Jiannan Huang: "Golden Valley and Silver Flowing,“ “Metaverse," and “The Skyline.“
The first choice for cooperation this time is Mr. Jiannan Huang’s painting "Golden Valley and Silver Flowing “ which has just been valued at US$2 million by Sara Mokhtari in Beverly Hills. Schulte will work with her team to transform this oil painting into a unique neon sculpture in her neon studio.
LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang
The press conference kicked off with the opening speech by TV host Joey Zhou, the Founding Chairman of LABA International Art Festival. Zhou stated, "This is a cross-border innovative cooperation between two world art giants who cross races, cultures, languages, and time and space. This is not only a milestone for the two world-class artists, but also a milestone for the LABA International Art Festival, and a milestone in the world art."
TV host Joey Zhou
Jiannan Huang was interviewed and stated, "The life of art lies in innovation. I have heard that Ms. Schulte is an amazing world-class artist for a long time. I look forward to seeing the neon sculpture "Golden Valley and Silver Flowing“ based on my painting.
Harrison Engle, Director/Filmmaker and LABA Board member
The co-chairman of the LABA International Art Festival, and well-known Hollywood director Harrison Engle was interviewed and personally congratulated them on their creative collaboration.
Zehra Sun, CEO and founder of MDSUN skincare company
Zehra Sun, CEO and founder of MDSUN skincare company, and a trustee at the Bowers Museum, one of the top ten museums in the United States, also highly praised the cross-border cooperation between the two artists.
Qun Ai, the founder of the Aris A brand of Shennel Trading Group
Qun Ai, the founder of the Aris A brand of Shennel Trading Group, also has great expectations for the cooperation between the two artists. As early as February this year, Shennel Trading Group appointed Huang as the senior consultant of the group's art design.
TV host Joey Zhou and neon artist Lisa Schulte
Members of the presidium of the LABA International Art Festival Organizing Committee, Princess Karen Cantrell, and Todd Williamson sent letters of congratulations to both of the artists.
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