a career that spans four decades,
Stan J. Strickland has
established himself as the preeminent ambassador of the Old
South, a talented chronicler of a simpler time. His sensitive
and dignified portrayals of life in his native southland in
the mid-nineteenth century have delighted art collectors the
world over. In each of his limited edition prints, Strickland
conveys an abiding appreciation of the romance and gentility
which typified southern antebellum culture. Over the years
Strickland's prints have consistently sold out, commanding
many times their issue price on the secondary market.
A native southerner, Stan was born in south Georgia, the
oldest son of nine children whose father was a farmer, printer,
painter, and musician.
printing as a child and later worked as a newspaperman, machinist,
and air traffic controller. After serving four years in the
Air Force, he enrolled in the University of Tulsa where he
graduated with honors from the College of Fine and Professional
Arts in 1970.
Stan began his painting career in 1971, and by 1975 had emerged
as a fulltime professional. Since then he has taught art both
privately and in the public school system and as artist-in-residence
at Georgia College & State University.
many regional and several national awards, his work now hangs
in private and corporate collections throughout the United States
and abroad. Five of his original paintings now reside aboard the
U.S.S. Carl Vinson, world's largest aircraft carrier and the U.S.S.
Georgia, trident submarine. Strickland was named Georgia's Artist
of Excellence by Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris, and he was
more recently awarded an honorary professorship at Georgia College
& State University for his "abilities and dedicated service
to the University."
success in published limited editions of his work is well
known with the most popular of these being his series Speaking
Highly of the South, a sensitive and dignified portrayal
of the Old South during the Civil War. These epic scenes,
set in the days when "cotton was king," are
beloved and treasured by collectors from around the world.
Stan J. Strickland's
paintings feature a rare versatility of style and subject matter
through a wide range of delicate pastels to heavy impastos. He
works in acrylic, watercolor, or oils, depending on the unique
properties of each medium to convey their special characteristics
to his painting. His studio is located on the shores of Lake Oconee,
north of historic Milledgeville, Georgia. Here he finds inspiration
in the old state capitol of Georgia, local antebellum plantation
homes, and in the nearby town structures that date back to the
early nineteenth century.
Stan's beloved Knight