Scott Stanton a.k.a. Panhandle Slim is an artist like no other.
You’re guaranteed to find his work where it really matters, and the accessibility of his work is unlike any other artist in Savannah.
Locally, you will find his work in just about every corner, and usually in the corners of our city that matters the most. In 2015, his piece of Troy Davis – an African American man convicted of and executed for the August 19, 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah – was displayed while a Southern Humans Rights Conference was conducted in town.
Each year while Savannah celebrates the author Flannery O’Connor at Lafayette Square, his work adorns the space quoting O’Connor’s’ work while introducing her genius to the younger generations.
Back in January 2017, when buses filled with men and women and departed from Savannah for a march and rally in Washington, DC., many of his pieces were used as signs of protest. In March 2018, while the Florida legislature and governor crossed aisles and passed a number of gun safety legislation, his work was waived in the air as a sign of protest while the people marched towards the state’s capitol. That same month, he memorialized the nine Puerto Rican Airmen whose plane crashed, and lives were lost in Port Wentsworth – which in turn created an instant bond and connection with the father of one of the airmen whose life was lost.
Stanton recently created a piece and quoted Mayor Van Johnson as soon as the warnings and news of COVID-19 began to make the airwaves. His work was also present during Savannah’s recent protest and march to City Hall.
On view now and running until Sunday, Panhandle Slim will conduct a pop-up at Sulfur Studios where the almost sold-out show will display 10 of his pieces. The “On View” exhibit has pieces which prices starts at $150.
“The most expensive piece goes for $200 which is not much in the art world,” Stanton said. “But my work it is not for the ’art world’ – it’s for people. When I started painting, I was making art for me. I never had any intention on selling anything. I am so very lucky that people want to pay me for my work. I did a few paintings (and) friends liked them, and here we are.”
That organic and honest process is what makes Panhandle Slim so popular. His work is never artificial or calculated, and his approach to art is filled with a childlike quality and passion, it is an energy that is hard to find.
“To be honest, I did not plan a theme when I submitted to Sulfur Studios for the pop-up,” he said. “I just grabbed ten pieces and took it to them. When you ask me if I purposely submitted some of the pieces because of the protests and everything going on, I got to tell you that I had already given the pieces to them. I do not plan much when it comes to my work. It is not that I do not care; I don’t wish to sound that way either. I just did not plan it.”
In my opinion, his timing is impeccable. One of his skills is that of connecting and providing a voice for the people that pulls you to his work.
And that Do Savannah readers, is my case for Panhandle Slim.
Do not miss the works of Panhandle Slim at Sulfur Studios starting Sunday, June 14, ON:VIEW Pop Up Gallery is work. Walk by anytime, day or night to view Slim's work in our front windows on Bull Street.
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@panhandle_slim_ is the current artist featured in our ON::View Pop up gallery. Check it out next time you are passing down Bull St., or view and purchase work via our website! (Link in Bio) James Brown Mixed Media on found wood 24" x 24" $200.00 #supportlocalart #art912 #sulfurstudiosfund #starlanddistrict #community #fundraising #donate #savannahartist