Up for sale is a beautiful original oil painting by listed NC artist, William Leon Stacks (1928-1991). This is a beautiful colorful still life of mixed flowers with the black-eyed susan being the predominant flower. The art measures 20” x 30” and the driftwood style frame measuring 28” x 37”. The art is signed in the lower left corner and both art and frame are in very good condition. For more by this artist see our website.
Biography: William Leon Stacks (1928-1991) was born in Charlotte, NC. In 1943 when he was 15 years old, he became the youngest member ever elected to the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA. After two years of study, Stacks was apprenticed to William Lester Stevens (1888-1969) for three years, then to Lloyd Wesley Broome to learn more about color, and then to William J. Potter (1883-1964) to learn the use of a palette knife. He returned to North Carolina, earning a living as a landscape painter, art conservator and sculptor. In a newspaper interview in the early 1970s, he described his sculpture as 'colorful abstractions made by gluing pieces of slate to masonite, then painting them". Leon lived for many years in the Blowing Rock region of the Smoky Mountains where he became known as "The Tree Painter". He was a friend of artist Philip Moose (1921- 2001) from Charlotte and Blowing Rock, with whom he sometimes exhibited. As an art restorer, he worked on a collection of paintings by Eliot Daingerfield. In the 1980s, he moved to Hilton Head Island, SC where he enjoyed studying and painting views of the low country and coastal regions. The latter part of his life he lived in Charlotte, NC. Working in oils and acrylics, Stacks stated that he was deeply interested in light and atmosphere. While mountain landscapes were an important part of his oeuvre, he also painted coastal scenes, still life, and architecture. His baroque trees with naturalistic shapes and intricate limbs became a signature feature in many of his paintings. Leon Stacks wanted to be remembered as an American Expressionist painter. Stacks professional memberships include the Rockport Art Association, Allied Artists of America, NY, American Artist's Professional League, NY, Salmagundi Club, National Art Club, NY, and the North Carolina Arts Association. His work is in the following collections: New York Museum, Albany, NY; South Carolina Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, Savannah, GA; The Mariners Museum, Norfolk, VA; Greenville Art Center, Greenville, NC; and St. John's (now the Cameron) Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC and many private collections throughout the eastern and southern United States. Leon Stacks is listed in Who's Who in American Art (2) and in Davenport's. REF: AskArt