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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 dense canyons of texture and rivers of color. ...More...

And it is no exaggeration to say that Stroud 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

James Stroud
A KING'S GAZE
NEW
Oil on panel
30 X 48
JS29808
James Stroud
AIRBORNE
NEW
Oil on panel
24 X 35 7/8
JS29503
SOLD
James Stroud
BEELINING
NEW
Oil on panel
24 1/8 X 35 3/4
JS29807
James Stroud
FAMILY AFFAIR
NEW
Oil on panel
24 X 35 7/8
JS29502
James Stroud
FISHING GUARD
NEW
Oil on canvas
48 X 35 7/8
JS29501
SOLD
James Stroud
LAZING LEOPARD
NEW
Oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 59 1/8
JS29499
SOLD
James Stroud
MATES FOR LIFE
NEW
Oil on canvas
48 X 35 3/4
JS29500
SOLD
James Stroud
ROYAL PROFILE
NEW
Oil on panel
29 3/4 X 47 3/4
JS29809
SOLD
James Stroud
STAMPEDE
NEW
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 X 59 1/4
JS29498
James Stroud
TALLEST OF THEM ALL
NEW
Oil on panel
35 X 24
JS29256
James Stroud
WOODLAND BLUES
NEW
Oil on panel
35 3/4 X 24
JS29806
James Stroud
A PERFECT PATTERN
Oil on panel
24 X 48
JS28382
SOLD
James Stroud
BEE-EATERS QUARTET
Oil
24 X 36
JS28385
James Stroud
BUSHVELD BROTHERS
Oil on canvas
35 1/2 X 59
JS28036
James Stroud
DANCE OF THE FLAMINGOS
Oil on panel
48 X 36
JS28037
James Stroud
EAGLE SCOUTS
Oil on canvas
72 X 51
JS26383
James Stroud
EVERGLADES MORNING
Oil on panel
24 X 18
JS19762
James Stroud
EVERLAND
Oil on board
24 X 48
JS18842
James Stroud
FAMILY TREE
Oil on panel
24 X 48
JS16849
James Stroud
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Oil on panel
24 X 48
JS21807
James Stroud
KING OF THE WATERHOLE
Oil on panel
48 X 36
JS17230
James Stroud
SPOOKED
Oil on panel
24 X 48
JS28383
James Stroud
THE PURSUIT
Oil on panel
48 X 24
JS21364
James Stroud
THE STRAND
Oil on canvas
20 X 37
JS18895
James Stroud
WHITE KNIGHT PATROL
Oil on canvas
36 X 59
JS29254
James Stroud
WILD BOYS
Oil on panel
30 X 48
JS28894
James Stroud
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS
Oil on panel
30 X 48
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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