360 Studios... Discover the rich history of 360 Studios, a pioneering arts company that has been at the forefront of the art and photography scene since 1992. Our family of galleries, which includes Studio 24, 1North Studios and Robert Stanek Studios, have been home to many professional artists and photographers, including our founders, William and his wife, who have been called "living legends" and "national treasures" for their decades of creative works in the arts and publishing.
An Important Message from Our Team
At 360 Studios, William and I are reminded of the tremendous impact art has on our lives. Yet, the challenges brought by the COVID pandemic have deeply affected the artistic community. We continue to champion artists and photographers through our online galleries, but we need your support now more than ever.
Our galleries moved online in spring 2021, a transition prompted by the closure of World Galleries. This shift, while born out of necessity, empowered us to reclaim worldwide rights to our art and photography. Our model has always been different--we believe in giving back. We've dedicated 80% of profits directly to the artists, a stark contrast to the conventional 40-65% retained by galleries. For over three decades, sales of our work have fueled this support system for artists and photographers, many of whom struggle to make ends meet.
The dream was to expand our digital space to showcase the incredible talent within our artist community. Unfortunately, the anticipated sales volumes didn't materialize, hindering our broader mission to uplift these artists. As a result, we weren't able to expand our online galleries beyond our work.
We're asking for your support. By purchasing prints for your home, office, or business, you're not just acquiring art; you're investing in the future and helping us get back to a place where it may once again be possible to support the livelihoods of these creators, their families and communities.
Out of the many talented artists we were privileged to work with, we invite you to meet Darnell, Aylin, Sarah, and Rebecca. Their stories echo resilience, creativity, and the power of art to illuminate even the darkest of times.
~ Darnell, a devoted father and artist, balances his passion for art while striving to support his children's dreams, including putting his eldest through college.
~ Aylin, a single mom, draws strength from her creativity despite facing unemployment. Her art continues to be a beacon of hope and determination.
~ Sarah, now working tirelessly at a grocery store, showcases unwavering dedication to her craft. Your support ensures her talent remains a guiding light through life's challenges.
~ Rebecca, another cherished artist, who navigates these uncertain times without work. Your encouragement fuels her creativity and resilience.
To honor Darnell, Aylin, Sarah, Rebecca, and other creators, we've established three funds where you can make a direct contribution to show your support as well:
~ Donate to our Arts Awareness Program.
~ Donate to our Artist Stipends & Funding Program.
~ Donate to our Artists Expenses & Families Program.
Your commitment to our cause means the world to us. Together, let's ensure that creativity thrives and communities flourish.
Wishing you and your loved ones an enriching time filled with art, creativity, and warmth. Thank you for being part of our community and for considering supporting our mission.
About Our Gallery
From the start, 360 Studios has been committed to showcasing original and exclusive artworks that capture the imagination and inspire the soul. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our physical galleries were forced to close, and we were faced with the challenge of taking our business online. With determination and creativity, we have adapted to the changing times, and now offer our exceptional selections to art lovers around the world.
When you buy from 360 Studios, you are not only supporting the arts, but also the vision and legacy of our founder, William Robert Stanek. His passion for art and photography has inspired generations, and his award-winning art and photography continue to captivate audiences worldwide.
Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is unmatched. Every piece we offer is carefully selected and curated, ensuring that you receive only the highest quality and most original works.
Join us in keeping the dream alive. Explore our family of galleries, including Studio 24 and 1North Studios, and discover the magic of 360 Studios. Shop now and experience the wonder of the arts.
To contact us directly, send email. More about our founder at http://www.williamrstanek.com/. Thank you!
Step into the mesmerizing world of William Robert Stanek, the acclaimed "Michelangelo of Sunsets" whose photographic style is a true reflection of his artistic brilliance. Over the past 30 years, Stanek's camera has captured stunning images around the world, showcasing unique perspectives, natural colors, and a masterful use of natural light. And if that's not enough, his equally captivating oil paintings are guaranteed to leave you in awe.
For years, 360 Studios and our family of esteemed galleries, including 1North Studios, Studio 24, and the creative studios of Robert Stanek have been privileged to showcase the works of numerous professional artists and photographers who are masters in their respective fields. Now, we enter a new chapter in our history and are thrilled to focus exclusively on the photography and art of Mr. Stanek (and limitedly his wife, HC Stanek).
Our most celebrated contributors William Robert Stanek and his wife have been recognized as "living legends" and "national treasures" for their dedication to the arts and publishing. As a combat veteran and an advocate for individuals with disabilities, Mr. Stanek remains committed to supporting fellow veterans while promoting the value of books and libraries. Having written nonfiction as William Stanek for over three decades and fiction as Robert Stanek, his contributions have garnered numerous accolades and recognition from top-tier publications and around the publishing industry, including a feature article in his hometown newspaper, The Olympian, which referred to him as "A Face Behind the Future".
At 360 Studios, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality of art. That's why we hold ourselves to exceptionally high standards to ensure your utmost satisfaction. Our selection of artworks is 100% original and exclusive, so you can be assured that the piece you receive is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. So why settle for ordinary when you can experience the extraordinary with 360 Studios and the iconic William Robert Stanek?
The woman behind the scenes of this woman-owned company, William's wife, is erstwhile photographer and longtime publisher HC Stanek. HC Stanek has managed the day-to-day operations for the past three decades. Her work has been featured in a number of gallery shows and recently in a career retrospective with her husband. She prefers candid street photography and photography of people (though not traditional portrait work). Some of her most famous works, including Tip Toe I See You and Salt Water Taffy, shown in Hui Cha & William's career retrospective in Vienna.
Be sure to visit all of our studios online. Thousands of iconic photographs… hundreds of canvas paintings…
360 Studios, Studio 24, and 1North Studios . Plus, don't miss the award-winning watercolor paintings of Robert Stanek @ Robert Stanek Studios
To contact us directly, send email. More about our founder at http://www.williamrstanek.com/.
Looking for more ways to enjoy art? Get ready to be awed by the latest addition to the art world - the highly anticipated photography book from the incomparable William Robert Stanek and his wife HC Stanek! Their impact on the arts community is legendary and they have now compiled a comprehensive collection of William's finest art photography from his 30+ year career. This wonderful coffee table book promises to be an inspiring masterpiece, showcasing over 100 rare and captivating works from the "Michelangelo of Sunsets" himself, accompanied by HC Stanek's expertly written text. Don't miss this chance to experience the pinnacle of photographic artistry!
Talking Art Prints with Hui Cha Stanek "Our artworks on canvas are stretched around wood frames using a traditional method," Hui Cha says. "The kind of art you see in art galleries and museums."
What process do you use for printing art on canvas? "Our art is printed on canvas using a fine art printing process called Giclee, pronounced zhee-KLAY," Hui Cha says, "Our prints use museum-quality pigment-based inks to capture every shade of the original work."
Is Giclee printing high quality? "Giclee prints are in fact the gold standard for high quality," Hui Cha says. "Not only that, the giclee printing process assures longevity of any work of art. The colors in Giclee printed artwork can last decades without any visible fading, ensuring art can be passed down through generations."
Is Giclee printing expensive? "Giclee is more expensive than traditional print," Hui Cha says, "Yet worth every penny to achieve a quality result that often cannot be distinguished from the original artwork."
Do Giclee prints have a surface texture? "Only if printed on a textured surface or using the artistic knife varnish style, which is one of several coating finish styles our art can be printed with. The other finishing styles are matte, semi-gloss, silver canvas, and high-gloss clear coat. At checkout, use the preview options to see which finishing style you prefer."
Do Giclee prints increase in value? "It’s very common for Giclee prints, especially, limited editions to go up in value. Prints also go up in value as the artist becomes more well-known."
Our founder, William Robert Stanek, and his wife have dedicated decades of their lives to the arts and publishing. Dubbed 'A Face Behind the Future' in 1996 by his hometown newspaper, The Olympian, Mr. Stanek’s work has been featured in and/or recommended by The Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Parenting Magazine, and many other fine publications and periodicals.
“William and his wife are a dynamic duo, not only in publishing, but in the arts as well, together responsible for some of the most iconic works in landscape, architecture and travel photography over the past three decades.”
“Widely respected in the arts and literary communities, William and his wife are forces to be reckoned with. They’ve changed the way we look at the world.”
“Not only an award-winning writer, but an award-winning photographer and artist William is a preeminent force in the arts and literary communities.”
"William has a presence and a charisma that's inescapable. He's a gentle giant, a warrior poet, and a beautiful person. Someone you feel privileged just to know."
“A living legend recognized worldwide for his distinctive works that span more than three decades.”
”William, celebrated for his unique perspectives, natural colors and stunning use of natural light, is a national treasure.”
Did you know? As a successful, notable writer, photographer and artist, William Robert Stanek has met CEOs, presidents and royals, and yet it was a meeting with Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush in the early 1990s that he remembers most vividly. Both were trustees of the National Awards program at the Freedoms Foundation at the time, and he had recently received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his wartime service to the USA and the George Washington Honor Medal from the foundation.
“It was an honor,” William says, to have those great men shake his hand and mean it when they congratulated him for his achievements, but for William those moments marked a beginning, for in his view he had not yet achieved anything. And so he set out determined to make his mark on the world. Decades later, most would agree he has indeed succeeded.
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Talking Photoshoots with William Robert Stanek
For aspiring creatives and those who collect your work, can you talk about your creative process? "Every artwork begins with a plan. Planning is a huge part of my success," William says. "My wife and I work out the locations we'll visit and then plan how the photoshoot at each will progress."
Photo shoot. For you, what is a photoshoot? "It's where we capture the essence of the location in a series of images," William says. "Each photoshoot is different, unique and our planning is fluid enough so we can make changes on site."
Your work is celebrated for your use of light and shadow. How do you achieve such spectacular results? "Experience is key," William says, "having an intimate understanding of the many ways the lenses and cameras I use capture the scene, understanding the way light changes throughout the day, the way light changes in different seasons, the way light changes in different parts of the world... More..."
Talent is what you really mean, but you're being modest? "Talent, raw and refined, is essential to success," William says. "A great artist seeks to capture the essence of a location in ways others haven't or at the least in ways that are different and unique to them."
Think differently? But you also have favorite locations that I see in your work? "Exactly, think differently," William says. "As for favorites, how could I not? There's too much beauty in the world, not to. I enjoy seeing how my favorites change through the seasons and over time, so I return and capture their essence as it exists in that new moment."
Not familiar with art? Although stretched canvas prints are the #1 most popular choice, we prefer the brilliant colors and unmatched beauty of HD Metal prints. Why? HD Metal prints include a back frame and are ready to hang without needing any extras. With HD Metal prints, you also don’t need to decide on which finishing coating to use. You get a high-gloss finish automatically at no extra cost.
Sizing art can be difficult. For a master bedroom where art will be hung on either side of the bed, 30 x 20 inches (77 x 51 cm) or a few inches either way is usually just about perfect. This also is a good size wherever a single artwork will be used to accent, such as over the bed in a guest bedroom, in a hallway, dining room or kitchen. With framed art, don’t forget the frame adds to the size, so you might want to start with a smaller size artwork. For example, the 1.5" gallery wrap frame adds a total of 3" all around to the size of the artwork. Thus, if you wanted a finished size of about 30 x 20 inches (77 x 51 cm), you’d want to start with art that was about 27 x 17 inches or a few inches either way.
For feature art in your home or office, another size that’s usually just about perfect is around 42 x 28 inches (108 x 72 cm) or a few inches either way. If you want artwork to dominate most any room you may find that 60 x 48 inches (154 x 123 cm) or a few inches either way fills the need. For large bathrooms, 24 x 16 inches (62 x 41 cm) is often ideal for centerpiece art, yet if you want to hang two artworks, you’ll usually want something smaller, say 16x12 inches for a master bathroom or 12x10 inches for a half bathroom. Again, don’t forget these are finished sizes, including any wrapping frame.
Thank you! Free shipping and easy returns in the USA and Canada. Elsewhere, you’ll find rolled prints are really easy and low-cost to ship just about anywhere. When you receive the rolled print, you can pick out a frame locally and then hang the artwork in your home.
Talking Art Collecting with William Robert Stanek "I don’t know how anyone lives without art on their walls to fill their days with beauty and joy," William said recently when asked about art collecting. "Start with one print of something you truly love and work your way from there."
"In 1986, at the age of 19, passing through Hawaii on my way to my first duty station, I stopped in a gallery owned by a little known artist who introduced himself to me as Robert Wyland. I was fascinated by his original oil on canvas paintings and particularly smitten with one featuring whales. This was a very large original oil on canvas, about 6’ in length as I remember it, with a list price was somewhere above $4000, and I managed to talk Robert down to $3500. Being homeless at 17 taught me a lot about saving and value, I’d saved every penny of my military pay that I could during boot camp and twelve months of training school and I knew value when I saw it. I wanted the painting more than the car I was saving up for."
"There was another smaller piece featuring dolphins that we negotiated as well. I left the gallery with Wyland’s card and price quotes written on the back, determined to scrape together the money. The day before I left the islands, I went back to the gallery, but hadn’t put together the money, so I browsed limited prints and settled on a few I loved. An associate of Wyland’s put three prints aside for me, and I rushed out to get the cash from the bank, about $650, but I never made it back. My military flight got moved up and I had to rush to the base to head off to my duty station in Japan."
"Today, just thinking about it, I’m crushed. Not because each of those prints is worth more than the average home or because the original oils are worth many millions, but because of all the days and years of joy I missed... Buy art because you love it, enjoy it each day, and you’ll have no regrets. Prints, especially limited prints, can appreciate in value just like original work on canvas, so prints can be an investment too, but the joy of ownership is the best part, even if your art collection is only one piece."
Talking Landscape Photography and Waterfalls with Hui Cha Stanek William’s landscapes, especially his waterfalls, are truly stunning. Few others even come close to his level. What’s your work together like? "We’ve worked together so many years," Hui Cha says. "We have a rhythm. It works, but we don’t just show up and start taking pictures. There’s a lot that happens behind the scenes."
"You’re talking about planning before you go out to a location? How does that work?" "We pick locations and study the area," Hui Cha says. "Everything is timed so that our arrival is optimal. The right time of day, the right time of year, the right positioning, the right equipment. All of this means that once we go, William can just do his thing."
"You’re being modest. You’re always there with William and behind the scenes in the planning. Aren’t you?" "Yes, I am with him," Hui Cha says smiling, "By the time we’re on location though, I tend to stay out of his way and let him do what he needs to do. I’m there to assist when he needs me."
Sometimes things happen on location. You can’t control the weather. Things like that. "True," Hui Cha says, "we do our best to optimize travel based on forecasts, but you can’t predict the future. You can’t control traffic, closures and such either."
William’s the guy others try to emulate in their work, especially in landscape photography, even if they don’t realize it. How do you feel about that? "William and I have been doing this for thirty years. Our work is everywhere. It’d be disappointing if we weren’t seen as setting the standard others are trying to achieve."
William’s use of natural light always amazes. More amazing, year after year, he does things differently than others, even himself. You’re with him behind the scenes. How does he capture, say a waterfall, in a way no one else has? "By thinking differently," Hui Cha says, "by not just showing up, by studying and watching.”
To help everyone understand this, can you give an example? “Sure," Hui Cha says. "In Adelboden, William studied the falls from a distance for days before going out to the site, not to mention all the driving we did around the area to get to know the lighting."
And the results are breathtaking... "I think they are," Hui Cha says smiling. "You never know what the day will truly bring until you’re there, but sometimes it all comes together just right."
Support the arts! Save our galleries! 360 Studios founded in 1992, is the parent company of 1North Studios, Studio 24, and the creative studios of Robert Stanek. Our family of galleries represented many professional artists and photographers, including our founder William Robert Stanek and his wife, who have been called “living legends” and “national treasures” for their decades of creative works in the arts and publishing.
Our exceptionally high standards help ensure your satisfaction. Our selections are 100% original and exclusive artworks you won't find anywhere else. Be sure to visit all of our studios online.
Help us keep the dream alive. Support 360 Studios and our sister galleries Studio 24, and 1North Studios. Plus, don't miss the award-winning watercolor paintings of Robert Stanek @ Robert Stanek Studios.
We hope you enjoyed visiting 360 Studios. Please also visit 1North Studios, Studio 24, and the creative studios of Robert Stanek. For years, we have had the honor of presenting the masterpieces of some of the most skilled and renowned artists and photographers in the industry. Now, we enter a new chapter in our history and are thrilled to focus exclusively on the photography and art of Mr. Stanek (and limited his wife).