Richard Stout, A Day at Rollover Bay, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 60 inches, Collection of the Artist
This exhibition celebrates the abstract expressionist paintings and sculptures of Houston artist Richard Stout (born in Beaumont, Texas, 1934). Stout is an acknowledged artist with a significant following in Texas and international accolades. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1957) and his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin (1969). His artwork is widely exhibited with critical acclaim, and he was named the Texas State Artist of the Year in 2004. In addition to establishing himself as one of the leading modernist artists in Texas, Stout also served as an art instructor, teaching at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and serving on the faculty at the University of Houston for thirty years. Stout lives in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, where he continues to produce expressionist paintings of abstract coastal motifs, lighted interiors and cave-like atmospheres. This exhibition features work from the 1950s through present day, attesting to the artist’s prolific career. A monograph published by Texas A&M University Press will be available for sale in the gift shop. Following the debut at AMSET, the exhibition will travel to the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi and the University of Houston – Downtown in Houston.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the Houston Artists Fund, Lee Ann and Terry Garth, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
Mary Pat Nelson Gross is a native of Beaumont, Texas, and has lived in Texas for most of her life. She has exhibited her work throughout the state, including in Houston and Corpus Christi, as well as in Kansas. Gross states that she grew up around art and was constantly surrounded by music, drama, song and dance as a child. These early influences played an integral part in her decision to pursue a career in the arts and her painting practice, which she began in the mid-1990s. Early lessons in dance and choreography influence the development of her work, giving her compositions a lyrical quality in the synergy of colors and shapes.
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