About the Artist
Emmy Lu is a Beverly Hills based artistic icon, surrounded by all the trappings of celebrity, ambience and the smell of money. It is indeed also true that most of these glamorous protuberances intertwined with this enviable enclave this effusive artist has painted. Emmy is rated among the most creative and financially successful avant-garde artists in the world. His intriguing works of art represent a man whose ideas are sentimentally lofty and fervid. Art critics refer to him as a "Happy colorist”.
Perhaps the biggest endorsement of his artistry comes from the many celebrities, notable business executives and prominent politicians who have acquired his masterpieces. His art adorns many international hotels, major corporations and private residences. His paintings have occasionally been showcased at the Grammy Awards ceremonies and other "Hollywood Industry" engagements. Emmy's musical concepts have been used for CD covers and other music outlets. His recent prominent street scene paintings reflect the glamor and exclusivity of the city of Beverly Hills. For his numerous artistic charitable contributions, he has received commendations from the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Atlanta, London and Frankfurt, Germany. Emmy’s work has been exhibited in prominent museums and international galleries. His pieces have also been featured in leading newspapers such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Beverly Hills Courier, Santa Monica News, London Times, Flash news in Japan, Ecklinger Zeitung, Filder Zeitung in Germany and Nairobi Times in Kenya. As an efficacious artist-entrepreneur, Emmy Lu owns a residence and gallery in the heart of Beverly Hills. Further to his creative and business excesses, he served as a co-producer for the Pre-Grammy Awards Party which preceded the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Emmy is a graduate from Margaret School of Art, which was an affiliate of London school of Art. He went through the training under the great draftsman and realistic British painter, Professor Cecil Todd, who for two years lectured him in painting and art history. Emmy also gained skills in drawing from the tutorship of world renowned British author and zoologist, Jonathan Kingdon who has written numerous books on African mammals and a prominent research associate of Oxford University. Emmy combined the academic expert foundations of both lecturers to develop an advanced skilled creative component, which highly elevated his artistic talent from the natural one he exhibited at such an early age of three to the current creative prowess.
Emmy's early business mentor was Chris Kirubi. A very successful entrepreneurial Kenyan mogul.This business wizard is rated by Forbes business profile as one of the richest business individuals in Africa. Chris was Emmy Lu's first high value client who regularly purchased his work and strongly encouraged him to advance his promising talent to another financially rewarding professional level.
"You must develop higher skills in painting and above all, despite your university art education, be ready to learn the crucial strategies of managing your art business by surrounding yourself with important entities in society. These individuals will expand your pecuniary benefits and recognition. Elevate your university background from theory to practical. The rewards are humongous. Remember young man, It is not always how hard you work, it is how strategically smart you think and operate."
- Chris Kirubi
Emmy took to heart this free advice and he determinedly accelerated his artistic path to international recognition. Chris Kirubi, whose name is cemented in major local Kenyan and international business affiliations, unfortunately passed away from cancer. He certainly left a permanent dent to Emmy's artistic blossom.
Emmy Lu takes great pride in having been among the first 10 artists in the world to publish their works in a digital format currently popularly known as Iris Giclée. He was instrumental in bringing its awareness to main stream galleries. He relentlessly accelerated marketing his work in the new digital configuration which was from the start met with high skepticism from many mainstream art dealers. Emmy truly believed that, like any other new technology, Giclée printing would revolutionize the art business, opening doors to many artists to self publish. He was not wrong. Giclées are the leading art publishing formats which can ubiquitously be seen and purchased. He must also be commended for his bold approach to business. As a result, some pragmatic artists have benefited from his advisory and have also become internationally recognizable names in the art world.
Emmy Lu remains a vanguard of artistic progress, proliferating a uniquely diverse array of imaginative drudgery, touching minds and hearts of many viewers and buyers who admirably appreciate his art with its ethereal beauty.