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Meet JD Shultz

Today we’d like to introduce you to JD Shultz.

JD, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born on Thanksgiving day in 1968 at UCLA Medical Center. My dad decided to quit his job as a social worker in 1971 to focus on his wife and my mother Carole’s amazing artistic talent. Shortly after that, he found out there was an outdoor weekend art show in a parking lot off of La Cienega Blvd just north of Melrose Ave. With three kids in tow, My parents Jack and Carole began their 40-year journey selling art in outdoor art festivals around Los Angeles and private home shows at our family home in the Miracle Mile district of LA. One block from the LA County Museum.

We lived and breathed art growing up and it’s no surprise that my brother Adam, sister Rachel and I all went into the family business of selling our art. So here I am after about 30 years of selling my art and building a solid list of celebrity collectors such as Larry King, Kobe Bryant, Ryan Seacrest, Mario Lopez, Rock band Rush, The Cars frontman Rick Ocasek to name a few…Also doing custom art for big corporations such as MGM International Resorts, The Bellagio, Aria, Four Seasons Las Vegas, Guitar Center, Canters’ Deli.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a smooth road for the most part. My only struggle has been a devoted 30 + years to my music and trying to make it big as a musician since my teens. In and out of bands since the late 80’s. I started out as a drummer for Trulio Disgracious in 1988 and then my 30-year journey of learning many instruments and finally deciding to sing my own music 14 years ago at the age of 36. My last two solo albums under my artist name Human Brother were in consideration for 19 Grammy awards. Let’s just say I’ve always dreamt of playing on that big stage and it hasn’t happened yet. At least the way I imagined it would from my late teens.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am JD Shultz. An artist, musician, and philanthropist. I specialize in painting the reverse side of plexiglas, canvas, wood, metal and any other worthy substrate I can find…What I am most proud of is the $200K I’ve raised for charity with my art. What sets me apart is my vibrant and unique art painted backward on the reverse side of plexiglas. And just me being me. There is no-one on earth quite like me. I’m also the only volunteer music teacher at Woodcrest Elementary in Tarzana. I love working with children.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel that Studio City is a great place for a new contemporary art gallery. We are in the center of Los Angeles. We just need the exposure and the right clientele to know we’re here. If the people in the surrounding areas miss going to a beautiful fine art gallery for that experience, you will be pleasantly surprised by what you see with your very own eyes at The JD Shultz Gallery. I’ve got something for everyone.

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