Throughout his career, William Stout has garnered a multitude of accomplishments. Winner of many notable awards including gold and silver from the Society of Illustrators, Stout's work has been featured in more than 70 exhibits including over a dozen solo showings. The artist has carved out a place in history as a respected illustrator and fantasy artist contributing to entertainment and film design as well as being recognized as a leading visionary in paleontological art.
With advertising for over 120 films under his belt, Stout has also offered his talents behind the scenes as well. He served as production designer (the youngest in film history) on Return of the Living Dead. He worked on storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark and Michael Jackson's Thriller video. He was key designer on Pan's Labyrinth and also contributed to both Conan films, Masters of the Universe, and 2006's The Prestige. And remember the big bug "Edgar" in Men in Black? Stout designed him too.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Speaking of which, Stout has even researched the life of Antarctica resulting in his largest exhibit to date (with over 50 works), "Dinosaurs, Penguins & Whales: William Stout's Antarctica" in which he worked to inform the public of the beauty of this region in part as an effort to make Antarctica the first World Park.
On the topic of parks, Stout worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as conceptualist and designer for Euro Disneyland, Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Walt Disney World. He was also a designer for the private Neverland Ranch.
You may have seen Stout's murals at the San Diego Natural History Museum and Disney's Animal Kingdom. His murals are on permanent display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of the Rockies among others.
In 1981, Stout's masterwork "The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era" was released setting the path for later illustrative work which inspired the animated feature Land Before Time and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park for which Stout was chosen to work on the prime-time animated series. Comic Images released "William Stout's Lost Worlds" trading card sets (which have sold over 20 million copies to date). His work was included in the six-year touring exhibit "Dinosaurs Past and Present" stopping at the Smithsonian Institute and the American Museum of Natural History.
Join us this Saturday, for a deeper look into the inspiring work of this remarkable talent. In addition to a presentation that will touch on all aspects of his career including his film work, comics, fantasy art and movie posters, Stout will also be signing his book "Prehistoric Life Murals." It is a rare opportunity to see original work on display including quarter-scale mural pieces as long as 9 feet in length and preliminary works illustrating the process involved behind his massive masterpieces. (We also have a small stock of limited edition "Prehistoric Life Murals" books available.)