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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, seascape, floral still life

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Stanley Gene Hollingsworth
Date and place of birth: May 16, 1931, Riverside, California
Primary residence of studio, Santa Barbara, California
Subject matter for which known: Landscape, Seascapes, Floral, Still life
Style of work: Realist
Soft Pastels on sanded surface

Corporate headquarters of Ford Motor Company
CONOCO Headquarters Chicago, Il
CNA Insurance Headquarters Chicago, Il
National Futures Assn.
Water District of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA,
Mora Collection (19), Montecito, CA

1993 International Competition sponsored by PSWC Cash Award
1999 International Competition sponsored by PSWC Cash Award
2000 First Place Santa Barbara Rotary Fine Arts Festival Cash Award

Stanley Hollingsworth was born in Riverside, California, into a family which was quite active in music, drawing and painting. By the time he was twelve he was able to do very acceptable pastels. At this time he was also doing exceptionally well as a violinist. At Westmont College in the early fifties he majored in music and received honors in composition and performance. He was discouraged in his art work for realism was not in style at that time and he was fascinated with detail. His graduate work included art.

Perhaps the best known of his teachers is Betty Edwards--author of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". He also did private work with DeWitt Whistler Jayne, the distinguished master pastelist, his mentor and close friend. Mr. Hollingsworth has always been aware of the distinct parallel between music and art.

After finishing formal education with degrees and credentials in music and education he found a new appreciation had developed for realism in art. His work received much praise and this encouraged him to work privately with artists, experimenting with various kinds of painting. But he came back to the medium he had mastered years before: pastels--working with soft pastels and pastel pencils on a special, fine-sanded pastel paper. In this old medium, being rediscovered today, the colors are rubbed with brush and hands into the sanded surface where they are mixed to a superb smoothness in limitless shades. While he loves interesting textures, usually his paintings have soft smooth areas in back of sharp detailed work, building layers, often stacking pigment into the sanded surface.

For ten years he held a teaching position in Tehran, Iran, becoming the director of the prestigious English language institute, Alborz Foundation, which had once been Iran's first college. During these years he travelled internationally and gathered photographs which have been used later to create paintings. For him the camera is a useful tool, collecting details which will become part of a painting later.

Subjects most often painted include landscapes, seascapes, floral portraits, trees and the moods of interesting people. Mr. Hollingsworth resides in Santa Barbara, California, where he spends much time in his studio. He teaches for the Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education program. He is currently showing with the Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara.

The Miriam Perlman Gallery in Chicago has shown his work for several years, and has sold his paintings to corporate headquarters of Conoco Oil Co., CNA (insurance), Ford Motor Co., National Futures Association, to name a few.

Throughout the years he has won many awards, and has shown in the Bradley Galleries of Montecito, Artist's Society International show in San Francisco, six one-man shows in Santa Barbara at the Faulkner Gallery, the Arlington Gallery, the Kerrwood Hall Gallery of Westmont College, the Cambria Coast Gallery and the Pasadena Civic Center.

He has won awards in the international pastel competition of the Pastel Society of the West Coast--of which he is a signature member. Recently he received a first place cash award in the big Rotary sponsored Santa Barbara Fine Arts Festival. His work was selected for the 1991 edition of the reference work: American Artists; An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries (not published). Through limited editions his work may now be enjoyed more widely.

He has been active in the art scene of Santa Barbara acting as a judge for the Santa Barbara Art Association. He has also presented pastel demonstrations for them on several occasions.

"I try to make paintings realistic enough so that the viewer believes he could actually be in them, and beautiful enough so that he wants to be." --Sias

Goleta Sun newspaper review by Tisha Roth May 2, 1991
Meriam Perlman letters March 20, 1997, August 26, 1998 and August 12, 1999
American Artists; An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries 1991 unpublished
Stan Hollingsworth died on August 16, 2005 of bone cancer.

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