Air Art Northwest
846 South Ginger Street
Cornelius, Oregon 97113
PRINTS by STAN STOKES
"Incredibly accurate", That's what many say about the art of Stan Stokes. His work in known for infinite detail, the rare ability to create magnificent three-dimensional effects, and most importantly - the feeling that you are right there! Stan is a prize-winning California Painter who, because of his artistic ability and precise attention to detail, is considered to be one of the world's foremost aircraft artists. His backlog of commissions for private individuals is growing all the time.
Stan's works are displayed around the world. Several are in the Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He has created two massive murals for the Planes of Fame East Museum. His most recent mural (Summer 1991) - 21 feet tall and 103 feet wide is a scene depicting the Battle of Britain and shows a Spitfire Mk-Ia and Messerschmitt Bf 109E in a classic turning duel. Both of these aircraft are full-size (by wingspan) in the painting - well worth a trip to the museum.
His depiction of World War II aircraft, which were flying before he was born, results from his hours researching the aircraft from the tires up, until he knows each nut and bolt. He 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's 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 1985-1991 nine of Stokes's paintings were commissioned by NASA for their art collection.
Among his awards are the Benedictine Art Award, 1st place (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.