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.
Ellen Tanner earned a BFA in Graphic Design at the University of North Texas in 1998 and worked as an illustrator and graphic designer at Fossil Watch Company for 5 years. She moved to Austin in 2003 where she earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Texas. It was during a mandatory studio art class that she fell in love with oil painting.
Since that class, Ellen has devoted as much time as possible to working in the studio and teaching herself to paint. Inspired by the fine detail and luminous colors of the Flemish masters, she has sought out information on their techniques and has cobbled together a personal approach to painting with thin glazes of color over a grisaille. She applies these skills with a microscopic focus that makes each painting a tiny yet fully realized world, rich with detail and color.
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.