Artist Stan the Candy Man sweetens upcoming art show
November 4 to 27 at The New Studio for the Visual Arts
by Rachel Galvin
Jupiter, FL (Sept. 23, 2019). Walking into the home studio of Stanford Slutsky is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, the giant-sized hyper-realistic art on the wall looks good enough to eat. What looks like luscious chocolates is actually made of Plaster of paris, rigid foam, tacky glue, glitter, acrylic and much more. Slutsky said creating these magical masterpieces has been a gift. “It just comes to me from a higher authority,” he said.
This self-taught 78-year-old artist has been working in his craft most of his life. Even in high school, he was winning awards for his artwork. At that time, it was for jewelry making. Later, he moved into painstakingly working on geometric art, hand-painting every minuscule perfectly-measured line and angle to create unique and eye-tricking perspectives. But the process was too lengthy so he decided to switch it up, and that led him into creating food from art. It was a flashback to his days of driving a Good Humor truck in 1957. It was a throwback to good feelings, the memories of childhood. He wanted to create art that made someone smile and have that sense of nostalgia. He accomplished this with his art that looked like chocolate bars, chocolates, ice cream bars, doughnuts, pizza, hamburgers, french fries, sushi and more. His latest piece is called “My Favorite Licorice.” He creates these artworks in his studio, which happens to be in his perfectly-organized garage.
Today, Slutsky lives in Boynton Beach but started his journey in South Florida in Hollywood, where he was instrumental in starting an art district and opening a performing arts theater, as well as providing housing for 35 artists. He has had his art displayed in numerous shows, galleries and museums in the United States and United Kingdom. He moved to South Florida from his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA in 1983. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 57 years, has three children and six grandchildren.
“I have always liked working with my hands,” said Slutsky, adding, “When I was a child, there was something about the illusions magicians created that captured my imagination. I want that same vivid sense of illusions to be central in all my artwork.”
See some of Slutsky’s delicious creations at the upcoming exhibition–“Share The Bounty: The Art of Food,” which will feature 2D and 3D interpretations of food, from Nov. 4 to Nov. 27 at The New Studio for the Visual Arts (1615 S. Cypress Drive in Jupiter). Meet this award-winning artist at the reception on Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The New Studio for the Visual Arts is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable educational organization. Partial proceeds of sales during this exhibition will help feed countless hungry children and adults in the community. Their location will also be a collection center for non-perishable food items to benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank.