Stanley Bird is a Scottish artist based in Edinburgh.
After a gap of about 25 years pursuing a successful career in the law, in 2002 he decided to try combining painting with working part-time and looking after his two children.
Time passed and children grow up, so in 2010 Stanley decided to “bite the bullet” and concentrate on his painting full time. Since then he has been taking his life in a new artistic direction.
Stanley works with a bold palette to create exciting images of the natural world – animals, birds, trees – joyful images that seize the imagination and that people can relate to.
Although he could be described as “self-taught”, for several years Stanley attended evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art to improve his technique, to widen his experience of making art and to stimulate the creative processes.
Stanley works mainly in acrylics and mixed media on board and on canvas – but will use whatever he needs to make sure he captures that elusive image. Some of his work has incorporated paper, wood and textile collage as well as paint.
His work originally comprised colourful, semi-abstract landscapes, to larger scale representational paintings and portraits of animals – bulls, cows, sheep, pigs, deer, and horses – both in black & white and colour.
He has more recently been focussing on colourful paintings of exotic and domestic birds, dogs and other “critters” against brightly patterned “wallpaper” backgrounds. He also makes smaller more intimate, mixed media paintings and portraits of other animals too. He is happy to accept commissions for portraits too.
Stanley’s work has been described as “quirky” and his paintings easily identifiable as a “Bird”. People have said that his paintings make them smile when they see them. As far as Stanley is concerned, that’s “job done”.
Stanley exhibits and sells his paintings through a number of galleries in and around Glasgow, the West Coast of Scotland, Dundee, Edinburgh, Perthshire, Royal Deeside and the North of England.
He has also exhibited and sold work at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI), the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and Paisley Art Institute (PAI) as well as at Art Fairs in Scotland and in London. His paintings are in private collections in the UK, Europe, the United States of America, South Africa and Australia.