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 William Leon Stacks  (1928 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: North Carolina/Massachusetts      Known for: mountain landscape, coastal scene and still life painting, sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William Leon Stacks (1928-1991) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1928. In 1943 when he was 15 years old, he became the youngest member ever elected to the Rockport Art Association*, Rockport, Massachusetts.

According to a friend of his, Clyde Williams of Beaufort, South Carolina, 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*.

Stacks 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".

Stacks lived in Blowing Rock, NC, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, painting mountain landscapes. 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 claimed to have worked on more than 200 paintings by Eliot Daingerfield. He lived the latter part of his life in Charlotte.

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.

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

Leon Stacks is listed in Who's Who in American Art (2) and in Davenport's.

Herald-Journal, Morganton, NC, October 11, 1970
Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg, VA, June, 1971

Submitted by Barry G. Huffman, Hickory, NC

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