As one looks through the work
it becomes clear that there is a gradual burgeoning of breadth and
richness, a continuing process of maturation, that never in fact
stopped. This becomes forcibly striking I think, in some of the
very last paintings he made – I am thinking of the outstandingly
accomplished and compelling The Hypnotist …..
Simon Wilson, RWA Exhibition February 2003
The Tide, (….was)painted
in 2000, the last full year of his life.
At the age of eighty-two Stas was still pressing on the accelerator,
and like the true artist he was, confronting, grasping and
expressing life through art, even in the face of death.
RWA Exhibition, February 2003