VPAM exhibiting artist Milton Quon passed away at the age of 105 on Tuesday, June 18th. In 2012, Quon was featured in our Pacific Standard Time exhibition ‘Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles, alongside George Chann, John Kwok, Jake Lee, and Tyrus Wong.
Quon was born in 1913 in Los Angeles and grew up in Market Chinatown near the downtown City Market. He studied art at Frank Wiggins Trade School (now Los Angeles Trade Technical College) and Los Angeles Junior College before attending Chouinard Art Institute. In the 1940s, Quon worked as an animator and illustrator at Walt Disney Studios, contributing to Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), and publicity/promotions projects at the company. In 1951, Quon went on to become the first Chinese art director at a national (now global) advertising firm, Batten, Barton, Durstine, and Osborn (BBDO). Quon went on to work at Sealright Packaging and taught art at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. In his retirement, Quon enjoyed watercolor painting on location, traveling, sketching, and working as a film and television extra.
The Vincent Price Art Museum & Foundation sends its condolences and deepest sympathies to the Quon family.
Images, from left to right: Milton Quon at the opening reception for ‘Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles, 2012 at the Vincent Price Art Museum; Milton Quon at the Grandview Restaurant in New Chinatown, Los Angeles, where he designed the menus and restaurant sign, 2018.