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Stan Stokes (American)

Paintings

Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA USA

Biography:

Who is painter Stan Stokes?

Stan Stokes is an award-winning American painter whose work frequently features naval ships and airplanes -- specifically, photo-realistic depictions of World War II aircraft. Stokes is a pilot himself, with experience flying many of the planes that he has used as subjects. Stokes paintings have been featured in galleries and museums around the world, as well as three separate presidential libraries. His mural, History of the Flying White House is on permanent display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. He also has paintings at the George Bush Presidential Library as well as Gerald Ford’s. He has won several awards for his paintings including the Benedictine Art Award (1975), 1st place at the National Air and Space Museum’s “Golden Age of Flight” competition, and the RG Smith Award (2000) from the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Stokes is still a voracious artist and pilot, with no signs of stopping any time soon.

What kind of art does Stan Stokes make?

Overwhelmingly, Stan Stokes art features aircraft, naval ships, and space shuttles of the US Navy. His pieces are prized for their photorealism and attention to detail. His work starts with research, Stokes is known to spend as much time researching and preparing his subject as he is actually painting the canvas. Part of his success relies on his rare ability to entrance the viewer with three-dimensional effects that make the aircraft come alive. In the 1980s and 1990s, Stokes was chosen to be NASA’s official artist for the roll-out of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Ultimately nine of his paintings hang in NASA’s collection. Much of his work is available to view for free online thanks to the Stokes Collection website.

 

How did painter Stan Stokes get started?

Stan Stokes is a third-generation Californian who splits his time between the northern and southern parts of the state. He was interested in vehicles from an early age, first in classic cars, and then later aircraft. He cultivated his love of painting early on, spending hours researching and dissecting subjects before ultimately committing them to oil on canvas. Stokes studied painting in college, and it wasn’t long before he decided to pursue a career as a professional artist. While he initially painted western desert landscapes and mountain scenes, he ultimately settled on aviation paintings -- after the suggestion of a friend that he combined his two great loves. Stokes is notable in that he actually flies in many of the planes that he eventually paints, giving his work a realism that is unmatched in his field.

How much are Stan Stokes paintings worth?

Stan Stokes's paintings can be sold for a few hundred dollars to upwards of five thousand dollars depending on the piece. Many of Stokes’ highest-selling pieces are naval ships, even though he is best known for his aircraft paintings. The highest price ever paid for a Stan Stokes painting is $5,500 for the piece The U.S.S. Essex at Portland, Maine (date not given) which sold on August 18th, 2018. His work resonates especially with military history, nautical, and aviation fans who are appreciative of his realism and attention to detail. There is a large audience for his work that seems to grow every single year.

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