About Joe Stouter

Joe Stouter began his formal training with classes in large format ink on paper sketches and color theory at Cooper Union in New York City. He did his first paintings with acrylic in his Greenwich Village apartment on Mercer Street in the 1990’s. In the same period he studied ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery. In 2002 he moved to Paris to continue his studies. There he spent countless hours studying the treasures of the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée Picasso, the Musée d’Orsay and the Rodin, among many others. He worked in the Paris atelier of a ceramic artist, sculpting figures from clay, and studied oil painting in the suburb of Argenteuil. At Genevieve Laub’s Paris studio, he studied abstract painting and monotype printing. At the end of 2003 he moved to Montsalès in the Aveyron in the South of France, and started his landscape painting career in earnest.

The following year he returned to New York City and began his work with the artist Terence Coyle at the Art Students League. He studied the design and composition of still lives and landscapes and started to paint five days a week. He also studied abstraction and color with Frank O’Cain at the Art Students League. At the National Academy of Art on Fifth Avenue he studied plein air painting with the artist Richard Anholtz.

“I strive to put my heart and my mind into all my work,” Stouter said. “I love the craft involved in everything I create.” Rothko, Gauguin, de Kooning, Monet, Courbet, Manet, Wolf Kahn, Tom Thomson, Edgar Payne, William Wendt, George Inness, Hans Hoffmann are some of his artist-heroes.

Stouter’s work has been displayed and sold in group shows at the National Academy and the Art Students League for more than a decade. His paintings are in private collections in Paris, Manchester, England, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, the Hudson Valley and Manhattan. At his most recent retrospective at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, he showed more than fifty oil paintings and a dozen water colors, and sold twenty works. In “US,” Michelle Clunie’s two-character off-Broadway play that ran at the Lion Theatre in Manhattan, the playwright used a giant projection of Stouter’s “Two Pears,” because they were the perfect metaphor for the relationship she was depicting in her play.

He lives with his husband, the author Charles Kaiser, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Terence Coyle with Joe Stouter
Joe Stouter, right, and one of his teachers, the artist Terence Coyle.