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James Stroud

James Stroud
Sculptures In Paint

There is nothing meek or ambiguous about a charging elephant especially when the tusker in question appears to be lunging off a canvas from South African painter James Stroud. His vivid wildlife portraits are so different from the flat surfaces of most sporting art they could be described as sculptures of paint. A topo map is almost required to navigate through his sense canyons of texture and rivers of color. ...More...

And it is no exaggeration to say that Stroud, who made a hugely successful debut in North America at Safari Club International’s 2007 convention, takes an elbow deep approach to laying down oil. Whether he is pushing paint thickly with a palette knife or using other tools including his hands to achieve distinctive visual effects such as portraying dust on a Cape Buffalo, the spots on a leopard’s coat or the flowing mane of a lion. Stroud has won praise from collectors for making his subjects actually look – and feel – true to life.

“It excites me that someone is able to look at the animal image and be seduced by it, and then be able to look more closely at the paint itself and understand the actual physiology of the illusion,” Stroud says. Still, the dilemma for contemporary nature painters Stroud explains, lies with deciding how to celebrate the environment and iconic African species without falling into the trap of confirming old visual clichés. “I see my work as an attempt to both affirm the natural beauty of the visual world and at the same time to dissect the assumptions that we have about what great art is supposed to be.”

A South African native, he grew up on a timber plantation in eastern Mpumalanga on the wild edge of Kruger Park. On a primal level, he had a front row seat to predators and prey. Mpumalanga was a crossroads for international hunters and photographers. Sketching both people and animals, Stroud went to a rural school where Afrikaans was the first language and English the second. However, the most important aspect of Stroud’s work is the uniqueness and originality of the style and medium. Often referred to as the LeRoy Neiman of wildlife art, he has taken his work further creating sculptural paintings in more true-to-life light and color....Less...

James Stroud

Original Paintings

SOLD
James Stroud
FAMILY PERCH
NEW
Oil on panel
24 x 36
$9,199
JS27314
SOLD
James Stroud
FLAMINGO SUNSET
NEW
Oil on panel
36 X 24
$8,899
JS27315
SOLD
James Stroud
FROM MY GARDEN
NEW
Oil on panel
48 X 36
JS27312
SOLD
James Stroud
HAPPY HOUR
NEW
Oil
48 X 36
$13,499
JS26795
James Stroud
IN UNISON
NEW
Oil on panel
36 x 24
$9,789
JS27317
SOLD
James Stroud
PELICAN'S POST
NEW
Oil
48 X 36
$12,399
JS26797
SOLD
James Stroud
ROYAL CAMOUFLAGE
NEW
Oil
36 X 48
$13,499
JS26794
James Stroud
STRIKE A POSE
NEW
Oil on panel
24 x 36
$10,119
JS27316
SOLD
James Stroud
A MOMENT OF BEAUTY
Oil on panel
24 X 48
$11,199
JS26571
SOLD
James Stroud
A PERFECT ARRANGEMENT
Oil
36 X 24
$9,999
JS24237
SOLD
James Stroud
AN EYE ON YOU
Oil
36 X 24
JS26574
James Stroud
BLUE REFLECTION
Oil on panel
36 X 24
$9,569
JS23228
James Stroud
CALLA LILIES
Oil
48 X 35
$14,739
JS25678
James Stroud
EAGLE SCOUTS
Oil
72 X 51
JS26383
James Stroud
EVERGLADES MORNING
Oil
24 X 18
$5,719
JS19762
James Stroud
EVERLAND
Oil on board
24 X 48
$11,879
JS18842
James Stroud
FAMILY TREE
Oil on panel
24 X 48
$11,879
JS16849
James Stroud
FLYING HOME
Oil
24 X 35 3/4
$9,569
JS25228
SOLD
James Stroud
GOLDEN PERCH
Oil
48 X 30
$12,299
JS25453
James Stroud
IN THE COMPANY OF KINGS
Oil
30 X 48
$13,529
JS24429
James Stroud
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Oil on panel
24 X 48
$12,099
JS21807
James Stroud
KING OF THE WATERHOLE
Oil on board
48 X 36
$14,299
JS17230
James Stroud
LUNAR TOUCHDOWN
Oil on panel
48 X 24
$12,099
JS22124
James Stroud
MOTHER & CHILD
Oil
35 3/4 X 24
$9,569
JS25231
SOLD
James Stroud
PELICAN PATROL
Oil
24 X 48
$11,999
JS26572
James Stroud
PROTECTIVE PAWS
Oil
36 X 24
$10,119
JS26573
James Stroud
SUNSET MARCH
Oil
51 X 72
JS26384
James Stroud
THE PURSUIT
Oil on panel
48 X 24
$12,099
JS21364
James Stroud
THE STRAND
Oil on canvas
20 X 37
$7,919
JS18895
SOLD
James Stroud
THUNDERING APPROACH
Oil
35 1/2 X 55
JS25676
James Stroud
UP AND ADAM
Oil
48 X 30
$13,529
JS25403
SOLD
James Stroud
WHITE LOOKOUT
Oil
48 X 24
$10,999
JS25451
James Stroud
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS
Oil
30 X 48
$12,099
JS25454

2017

Hunter’s Horn – Fall 2017

Cover Artist - James Stroud's "The Warrior",  24 x 36, Oil on panel

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2015

Hunter’s Horn

Wildlife Impasto - South African animal painter James Stroud wins praise for giving portrayals of iconic species contemporary flair by Todd Wilkinson

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2012

Game Trails

Cover Artist James Stroud - Sculptures In Paint

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2008

Sporting Classics

The highly textured paintings of South African artist James Stroud challenge the viewer to recognize and appreciate the spirit of the animal By Todd Wilkinson

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Wildlife Art Journal

Bushveld Impasto: The Art of James Stroud South African Paints Animals With A contemporary Sculptural Flair: Written by Wildlife Art Journal Staff James Stroud paints black zebra stripes with the same flourish of surface texture Vincent van Gogh brought to his sunflowers. And, in laying down thick-hued splotches of paint with a palette knife, be it to accentuate an elephant's trunk or rhinoceros horn, his technique-which is to say, Stroud's way of seeing and sculpting paint-

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