Black Artists in History: Renee Stout

The bio from her website:

Renee Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In 1985 she moved to Washington, D.C. and began to explore the roots of her African American heritage. She looks to the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, as well as to the world and her immediate environment, for the inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment and self-healing.

The lives of Stout’s imaginary characters unfold in a variety of media, including painting, mixed media sculpture, photography and installation. The recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Stout has shown her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and in England, Russia and the Netherlands.

**My thoughts: I’m so happy to be able to share such a provocative artist through this blog! I actually met Renee Stout at a private art show years ago, and she was so gracious, intelligent, and down-to-earth. It’s amazing to see that her career has kept growing since then.


All text and photo credits: Renee Stout

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2 thoughts on “Black Artists in History: Renee Stout

  1. I was curious as to the conversations you might have had with Renee Stout, or any more information you could give me about her, and her work. Specifically her drawing ” A Vision I Cant Forget”. Please contact me with information if you can

    • Hi Samantha! I don’t remember too much off the top of my head. She didn’t go into specifics about that piece or the other work that I saw. But what did stick out to me was that she mentioned how she was heavily inspired by Voodoo practices and Numerology, creating characters and narratives to help work through aspects of her own personality. She kept it pretty vague beyond that, I think it was maybe to encourage my own interpretations of what I saw in her work. I was gifted a book that was a mid-career retrospective. It’s called “Readers, Advisors, and Storefront Churches.” It goes a bit more in-depth about her influences and some of the symbolism. I definitely recommend it!

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