There’s a lot of Fred Stonehouse in Fred Stonehouse’s latest show, “Night Vision,” at Tory Folliard Gallery (through Saturday, Oct. 13). Many of his recognizable artistic alter egos—the pop-surrealist, punk-folk, and generally irreverent figures—are clearly on view, but there’s also a lot of Fred Stonehouse the individual lurking inside them, too.Read More
Often encompassing religious or surreal contexts, his paintings are a materialization of his nostalgia for familiar cartoon figures of the past, blended with the artist's own delicate balance of humor, beauty and derangement. The artist, a Milwaukee native, has enjoyed over fifteen museum exhibitions across the country including a retrospective at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and has been featured in Blab and other magazines.Read More
By Allie Schaitel, June 30, 2016
Fred Stonehouse is a quintessential Wisconsin artist who has been navigating his way through the art scene since the early 1980’s. Starting from a humble beginning in Milwaukee, Fred has found a considerable amount of success in the United States and beyond. He has dedicated a lifetime to creating, building a life around being a maker, and devoting his time to visual storytelling. Beautiful.bizarre had the honor of visiting Fred at his studio in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss his life as a college professor, his artistic journey, and his many inspirations that contribute to his strangely alluring, delightfully surreal paintings.Read More
Below is a segment from MPTV's The Arts Page that features Tory Folliard Gallery artist Fred Stonehouse.
Meet Wisconsin painter Fred Stonehouse, known for his dark-humored, sophisticated, and rebellious works that are both shocking and thought-provoking. Sculptor Deane Arnold creates unique 3D faces out of pumpkins. The Zoot Theatre specializes in productions featuring puppets and masks to blend the visual and performing arts. See the amazing works of blind wood-carver Dennis DeVendra.Read More
With incredible skill, Fred Stonehouse embraces the weird
The title of Stonehouse's retrospective at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, "The Promise of Distant Things," describes the mystery of viewing these paintings perfectly. We can't comprehend everything the artist conjures, but he is assuring us that this knowledge isn't that far away, is perhaps tucked away in some bizarre nook of the work.Read More
A black bear is suspended over a waterfall and inky tears are falling from his eyes, from his body, running down his chest and off of his clawed toes.
A demonic bat creature soars through moss-draped trees, his nostrils flared and his nub teeth bared.
A bearded man is chest-deep in a thick marsh, his lips wrapped around the body of a fish, tears of green sliding down the side of his head.
These are paintings of disturbing images that are disturbingly relevant to your life. This is the art of Fred Stonehouse.Read More
Meet the Marschmeister:
Wisconsin Artist Fred StonehouseRead More
The Dream Logic of Fred Stonehouse
Modern master of surrealism at Museum of Wisconsin ArtRead More
Peter Barrickman, artist and preparator extraordinaire recently visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison to participate the Studio Notations program. Invited by Fred Stonehouse, Barrickman gave a lecture about his artistic methods and media and spent another day with advanced students critiquing their work.Read More