Richard Stout received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1957, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1969, from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. For over twenty years, he served on the faculty of the University of Houston as a professor of painting. His lengthy exhibition history spans nearly five decades, and his work can be seen in various public collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden, Germany; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the University of Houston; and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. In 2004, Stout was named “Texas Artist of the Year.” He is currently represented by the Gerald Peters Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Stout’s paintings fuse surrounding landscapes with vast expanses of water to create a sense of awe and mystery. He is an artist of our time, but through his works he transports us to places near and far, making us appreciate the world in fresh ways and bringing a set of emotions into our experience of daily life that, albeit clouded in mystery, is both reassuring and uplifting. While the principal subject of all his work remains atmosphere and light, the symbolic content of his work can never be ignored.