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Renée Stout (b. 1958) is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Washington, DC. She draws inspiration from current social and political events, the African Diaspora, daily city life, and the spiritual realm. Stout’s objects and paintings often emerge from her decades long research into art history and Hoodoo spiritual traditions that have arisen from African roots through American slavery to the present. Hoodoo practices are vibrant and very extant in parts of the American Southeast and Caribbean. 

Stout’s sculptures, like Device for Stopping the Evil Eye, and Elixir Eleven, are small sculptures created by hand. These fabricated machine-like objects are meant to connect us to the spiritual realm and otherworldly powers. They more broadly represent the hopes and desires that faiths and religions around the globe seek to fill. Universal desires for health, love, survival, and happiness.

Stout holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2020, Stout was awarded The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, and The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award (2nd Place), and in 2018, the Women’s Caucus for Art, Lifetime Achievement award.

Stout was born in Junction City, Kansas, and grew up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Her work is in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The High Museum in Atlanta, The Hirshhorn, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Louis Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and many more. 

Her inaugural exhibition with our gallery opens the first week of September, 2021.

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Selected Works
2013
Wood construction, latex paint, silver metal leaf, orris root and found objects 
3 x 11.5 x 11 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Blueprint

2013
Wood construction, latex paint, silver metal leaf, orris root and found objects
3 x 11.5 x 11 in.

2013
Wood construction, latex paint, silver metal leaf, orris root and found objects 
3 x 11.5 x 11 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Blueprint (Detail)

2013
Wood construction, latex paint, silver metal leaf, orris root and found objects
3 x 11.5 x 11 in.

2018
Acrylic and mixed media on panel.
24 x 24 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Bellona Goddess of War

2018
Acrylic and mixed media on panel.
24 x 24 in.

2018
Mixed media assemblage with bottle containing organic materials.
8 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 5 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Elixir Eleven

2018
Mixed media assemblage with bottle containing organic materials.
8 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 5 in.

2020
Wood, mixed media and found objects.
3 1/2 x 4 x 1 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Device for Stopping the Evil Eye

2020
Wood, mixed media and found objects.
3 1/2 x 4 x 1 in.

2013
Wood construction, acrylic paint, silver metal leaf, glass, roots and bottles containing organic materials
27 x 16 x 7 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Root Dispenser

2013
Wood construction, acrylic paint, silver metal leaf, glass, roots and bottles containing organic materials
27 x 16 x 7 in.

2019
Acrylic paint and mixed media on handmade paper 
20 x 19 inches, framed. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Alchemy of Healing

2019
Acrylic paint and mixed media on handmade paper
20 x 19 inches, framed.

2020
Oil paint, acrylic paint and mixed media on handmade paper
12 .3 x 11 .8 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Botanical illustration #3 (the Herbmaster, James Luna)

2020
Oil paint, acrylic paint and mixed media on handmade paper
12 .3 x 11 .8 in.

2018
Acrylic paint, latex paint, graphite and mixed media on various collaged papers 
22.5 x 19.5 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Small Lotus Root

2018
Acrylic paint, latex paint, graphite and mixed media on various collaged papers
22.5 x 19.5 in.

2013
Acrylic and spray paint on wood panel
36 x 48 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Roots & Readings

2013
Acrylic and spray paint on wood panel
36 x 48 in.

2019
Acrylic and mixed media on handmade paper
19 1⁄4 x 22 in., framed -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Way We Heal

2019
Acrylic and mixed media on handmade paper
19 1⁄4 x 22 in., framed

2014
Acrylic on paper, collage
21 x 18 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Wall, with List

2014
Acrylic on paper, collage
21 x 18 in.

Spirit Selector
2014
Mixed media construction with vintage radio case
13.5 x 13.5 x 6.5 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Spirit Selector

Spirit Selector
2014
Mixed media construction with vintage radio case
13.5 x 13.5 x 6.5 in.

2014
A construction featuring a found radio body, found technological parts, wood, paint, soil, graphite and mixed media.
19 x 12.8 x 7 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Spirit Detector

2014
A construction featuring a found radio body, found technological parts, wood, paint, soil, graphite and mixed media.
19 x 12.8 x 7 in.

2013
Acrylic paint and collaged vintage photograph on wood panel
24 x 24 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
A Conjured Kindred Spirit

2013
Acrylic paint and collaged vintage photograph on wood panel
24 x 24 in.

2018
Acrylic paint, gesso and oil pastel on paper
20 x 22 in. (framed) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Schematic 1

2018
Acrylic paint, gesso and oil pastel on paper
20 x 22 in. (framed)

2019
Oil and acrylic paint on wood panel
48 x 60 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Sketchbook, with Foreboading

2019
Oil and acrylic paint on wood panel
48 x 60 in.

2015
Found wire, wood, latex paint, crystals, glass, metal and found technology
96 x 50 x 18 in. -  Marc Straus Gallery
Soul Catcher/Regenerator

2015
Found wire, wood, latex paint, crystals, glass, metal and found technology
96 x 50 x 18 in.

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