MILLEDGEVILLE — Paintings by artist Stan Strickland will be featured in a exhibit next week at the Marlor House.
An opening reception honoring the artist is slated for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Marlor House. The reception is hosted by the Milledgeville Civic Woman’s Club and the Friends of Allied Arts.
The public is invited.
With a career that spans five decades, 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-19th century have delighted art collectors the world over.
A native southerner, Strickland was born in south Georgia, the oldest son of nine children whose father was a farmer, printer, painter and musician. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in fine art in 1970. Strickland began his painting career in 1971, and by 1975 had emerged as a full time professional. Since then, he has taught art both privately and in the public school system and as artist-in-residence at Georgia College.
Winner of 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, the 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.”
Strickland’s paintings feature a rare versatility of style and subject matter through a wide range of delicate pastels to heavy impastos.
He divides his time between his studio, just west of Milledgeville and Tucson, Ariz. where his daughter attends school. 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.