THE ART OF STAN STOKES
Stan Stokes is widely regarded as one of world's foremost aviation and marine artists.
This award-winning Californian artist has been painting professionally for more than thirty years. His work in known for infinite attention to detail, the rare ability to create magnificent three-dimensional effects that leave viewers spellbound, and most importantly - the feeling that the viewer is a part of the scene depicted by the artist!
Stan Stokes is a true aviation and maritime history buff. He often spends as much time researching his subject as he does in front of the canvas. His realistic depiction of the World War II aircraft displayed on the Pacific War Web-site results from hours spent researching the aircraft from the tires up, until he knows each nut and bolt. He has logged many hours flying his own aircraft, and has flown in a wide range of aircraft, including the AT-6 Stearman, P51 Mustang, Corsair, P-40 Warhawk, the B-25 Mitchell, A-26 Invader, and the AD-5 Skyraider.
Stan Stokes' paintings are displayed around the world. They can be found in many prestigious private and public collections (including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC). Several paintings are in the Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He recently completed a mural for the new Palm Springs Air Museum. He has created two massive murals for the Planes of Fame East Museum.
Stan Stokes' artistry is not limited to the planes of WWII. He has painted the 1992 Blue Angels for the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola and the space shuttle "Endeavor" for NASA. Stan was named by NASA as the official artist for the roll out of the Endeavor, and from 1985 to 1991, nine of his paintings were commissioned by NASA for their art collection. A range of his aviation and marine art can be viewed on-line at The Stokes Collection.
Stan Stokes also has a keen interest in classic cars and automobile racing. Over the years he has been asked to paint many automotive paintings by loyal collectors of his work. He has painted the Indy cars of Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, and Bobby Rahall negotiating the corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca.
Among his awards are 1st place in the Benedictine Art Award (1975) and 1st place in the Smithsonian world-wide competition for the Air and Space Museum Golden Age of Flight Art Competition in 1984. His work was chosen by the Confederate Air Force in 1988 and 1990 to depict their aircraft for every month on the calendars for those years.
Stan Stokes is a third generation Californian who has lived in both northern and southern California. Stan is married and presently lives at La Quinta, California. Although his paintings are displayed in major institutions and galleries, Stan does accept commissions from individuals who want to add one of his paintings to their private collections.