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Otis L Stanley

Otis L Stanley

Woodbridge, VA

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Born in Richmond, VA., Otis L. Stanley was introduced to the world of art by his father, Lawrence I. Stanley. There are several paintings held in private collections throughout the Richmond metro area that Lawrence Stanley painted.

From basic drawing and painting lessons Otis continued to pursue his love and appreciation of art, which included teaching an art class at the historic Randolph Community Center in the West End section of Richmond.

Otis currently creates work in his SLIMRIC Studio.The studio is named after his late father's nick name and the nick name of his brother, the late Lawrence Eric "E". Stanley, the radio legend of Richmond, VA airwaves. Photos of Eric E. with musical legends appear on this site page.

Constantly moving in new directions, Otis strives to bring you along for the ride. Whether creating work that reflect the seen or unseen, but simply felt, Otis keeps moving. He describes his work as "simply for the living". Known for his use of vibrant colors and subject matter he is equally at peace with several black and white paintings to his credit. Never settling for the norm Otis would rather challenge the viewer to open their mind and explore his forged path.
Moved by the spirit with each new project, this explorer of color, shape and form uses these combined elements to share his inner feelings and invite open dialog. Please take a moment and explore the path that this left handed painter has opened to you. I know that my art must not only entertain the viewer, but also educate, motivate and lead one to learn more about the subject matter.

Musical influences include Ras Mel, Plunky and Oneness, Mr. James Brown, Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers, Corey Harris, The Wynd Chimes, Gil Scott-Heron, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, BMW, The Holmes Brothers, Muddy Waters, Bobby Parker, Santana, Roland Kirk, Albert King, Patsy Cline, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Memphis Gold, Lousie Armstrong, Dizzy, Peter, Paul & Mary, Buddy Guy,
Buddy Miles, Peter Tosh, Ray Charles, Sly and The Family Stone, War, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Ella, Sarah, Renee Marie, Parliament-Funkadelic, The Counts, Saffire, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, The Temptations, Eddy Grant, Bobbi Humphrey, Otis Redding, Robert Johnson, Marvin Gaye, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jill Scott, Lena Horne, Cab Callaway and countless others. Whew!

Selected Exhibits:
Shenandoah Arts Council: Black History Month of Art 2015
Art and Frame of Falls Church: 2013
The Bright Center: 2013

 

Approaching Rain by Otis L Stanley

 

Survival by Otis L Stanley

 

Looking Down by Otis L Stanley

 

City Country Blues by Otis L Stanley

 

The Blues Singer by Otis L Stanley

 

The Harp Player by Otis L Stanley

 

Human Cargo by Otis L Stanley

 

Ocean Serenity by Otis L Stanley

 

Mailbox and Yucca Plant by Otis L Stanley

 

Spring Blooms by Otis L Stanley

 

Paw Paw by Otis L Stanley

 

HATE WILL NOT WIN by Otis L Stanley

 

Bob Marley with map of Jamaica by Otis L Stanley

 

Listening to Coltrane by Otis L Stanley

 

Elephants by Otis L Stanley

 

Four Seasons by Otis L Stanley

 

Adam and Eve by Otis L Stanley

 

Higher Heights by Otis L Stanley

 

Okra Blues and Spoon Fed Teachings by Otis L Stanley

 

Roadside Vendor by Otis L Stanley

 

Untitled by Otis L Stanley

 

Weaver Woman by Otis L Stanley

 

Carolina Upbringing by Otis L Stanley

 

Thoughts of a Mid Winter Dream by Otis L Stanley

 

Fowl At Dusk by Otis L Stanley

 

Reflections by Otis L Stanley

 

Freedom by Otis L Stanley

 

Majestic Stroll by Otis L Stanley

 

Let's Talk by Otis L Stanley

 

All That Jazz by Otis L Stanley

 

Winchester Virginia Hidden Gem by Otis L Stanley

 

Here Comes The Sun by Otis L Stanley

 

Window Gallery by Otis L Stanley

 

Let's Talk 2 by Otis L Stanley

 

The Bright Center window gallery by Otis L Stanley

 

Nautical Commotion by Otis L Stanley

 

Sailing by Otis L Stanley

 

San Francisco Bay by Otis L Stanley

 

Serenity View by Otis L Stanley

 

Come Here Often? by Otis L Stanley

 

Waterdrop Dreams by Otis L Stanley

 

Live by Otis L Stanley

 

Hoodie Ina Babylon by Otis L Stanley

 

Home by Otis L Stanley

 

Kodie by Otis L Stanley

 

Sultry and Percussions by Otis L Stanley

 

O With Work by Otis L Stanley

 

Brooklyn Water towers by Otis L Stanley