Stanley Parkins was born in Cambridge, England in 1951. He is an international portraitist married to a lady born in Lyon where he has settled.
At the age of 15, he wins the first Prize for a painting for OXFAM. Two years later he is commissioned to paint a fresco in a church in London. Later on, he wins the Prize for his drawings and watercolours in Cognac, in 1977.
Commissions include a large variety of portraits in public and private collections for Governments, Industry, the Church and members of the French Royal Family:
Pope Benedict XVI, 2008, portrait in the Vatican, The Bishops of England. - Prime Ministers of Great Britain: Sir Edward Heath, John Major. -
Prime Ministers of France: Pierre Messmer, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Raymond Barre, Jacques Chirac.
- Madame Danielle Mitterrand, her mother and the late President François Mitterrand (posthumous portrait).
- The Comtesse de Paris, Princesse Chantal de France and their family. -
Gérard Collomb, Maire de Lyon. -
Jacques Remiller, Maire de Vienne. -
Mgr Balland and Mgr Billé, Cardinals of Lyon. -
Docteur Charles Mérieux. -
Emilie Claraz etc...
||The Médaille d'Honneur de la Ville de Paris in 1983.
||The Sceau and the Médaille de la Ville de Lyon in 1999.
A portrait of Général de Gaulle was acquired by the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération in the Invalides, Paris.
Painted in 1993 : Portrait of former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Coggan 1974-1980 in Lambeth Palace, London.
In 2016 : Portrait of Général de Gaulle in the "Cercle National des Armées" (French Army-, Navy- and Airforce-Officers' Club), Paris.
Stanley Parkins has exhibited a portrait of Princess Chantal de France in her presence in Salon d'Automne, Grand Palais, Paris in 1991, and the portraits of the Queen Mother of England and of Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia in his presence in 1992.
ln Hôtel de Ville de Lyon the portraits of the great names of the Second World War in 1999.
ln the Préfecture du Rhône, Lyon, the 23 portraits of the French Presidents, in 2007.
Has exhibited in numerous towns in France.
Private collections of his paintings: in United States (amongst the paintings is the portrait of the Queen of England Elizabeth II purchased by an admirer of the Queen), in Russia, in Ukraine (portrait of the poet Johann von Goethe), in Australia and in Europe.
The work of Stanley Parkins is shown in the Dictionary Drouot Cotation since 2002, now Dictionnaire Cotation des Artistes, diffusion Larousse:
||- 1979 in Bordeaux
||- 1991 in London by the BBC
||- 1997 in Lyon CTV
||- 2001 in Lyon TLM
International Exhibitions: -ln London, Grosvenor House in 1991 in the presence of John Major, British Prime Minister in office, with European Princesses.
-ln Brussels, Amsterdam, Eastbourne.
- Promenades au gré des oeuvres de Stanley Parkins. Editions du Mot Passant, October 2000.
- 100 Ans de Mairie à Lyon. Portraits of the Lord Mayors of the XXth Century drawn by Stanley Parkins, December 2000.
- La Peinture faite homme. Editions Licorne, 2006.