Stan Herd is an internationally known artist and is one of 17 artists whose works can be seen in our current exhibit, “Men at Work.” If you are interested in acquiring a Stan Herd painting for your collection, please contact us at 785-273-5994 since Stan is spending more time out of the country.
We’ve been showing Stan’s work for 15 years. We recently caught up with Stan in Los Angeles, where he was scouting locations for his next earthwork installation. He has become one of the most sought-after earthwork artists in the world.
Stan uses a different kind of canvas for his gigantic earthworks: the earth and nature. These works are best viewed from above. For the “Men at Work” exhibit, you will see the exceptional talent and creativity this award-winning painter brings to the traditional painter’s canvas.
Stan has recently returned to the U.S. from China, where he is working on a four-acre earthwork project in the Yunnan Provence, which is located in southwest China. He has been working on the installation for the past eight months, with completion expected in early 2018. This earthwork will be the centerpiece of an 800-acre park, which will include a hotel, a museum and a Herd gallery, among other attractions. Titled “Young Woman of China,” this earthwork will be an addition to his series of installations that
portray indigenous women.
The Kansas-based artist grew up on a farm near Protection, Kansas and still has deep roots in this place that his father and grandfather farmed. As a boy, Stan was the artist in the family, but he also learned how to drive a tractor and work the land. In those early days, he never imagined how far from home his love of art and his talent would take him. Read more on SouthWind Gallery’s Stan Herd bio page.
While attending Wichita State University, Stan had aspirations to be an avant-garde abstract artist, but his Kansas roots and love of the land seemed to be guiding him in another direction. He began his professional career as a fine art painter and also soon
discovered that he enjoyed painting murals, many of which can be seen on buildings throughout Kansas. During his successful 40-year career, photos of his art have appeared in national publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic, People Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He has been featured on Sunday Morning, Good Morning America and NPR’s All Things Considered. Stan has become known as the “Father of Crop Art,” a term coined by Dan Rather on CBS Evening News.
He is the author of the book “Crop Art and Other Works,” which is a chronicle of his early work. A chronicle of Stan’s first earthwork installations was captured in an independent film, directed by Chris Ordal and starring Academy Award-nominee John Hawkes as Stan. The film “Earthwork” premiered in 2010 and tells the story of Stan’s first earthwork project in New York City. It gives us a deeper understanding of the making and meaning of his earthwork art. The film won more than 50 film festival awards in the U.S. The Kansas Lottery commissioned Stan to create nine paintings of the Kansas Scenic Byways. Four of the images appeared on the Painted Byways scratch game tickets.
In addition to his paintings, murals and earthworks, Stan is also a sculptor. His piece titled “Plowshare” is the first in a series created from plow blades that he has used in creating his earthworks. The sculpture is made of metal, polished sycamore wood, hammered copper and native limestone.