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William Stout was born in Salt Lake City, UT in 1949. At seventeen he won a full California State Scholarship to the Chouinard Art Institute (California Institute of the Arts) where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree. Stout began his professional career in 1968 with his cover and illustrations for the first four issues of the pulp magazine Coven 13. In 1971 he began to assist Russ Manning on the Tarzan of the Apes newspaper strips and Eisner Award-winning graphic novels. In 1972 Stout joined Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder on "Little Annie Fanny" for Playboy. In 1973 Stout gained international notoriety in 1973-74 for his 45 "bootleg" record album covers.

1977 saw William Stout's first movie poster, WIZARDS. He ultimately worked on the advertising for over 120 films. In 1977 he became the first American contributor to Heavy Metal magazine and held his first one man show, The Prehistoric World of William Stout. In 1978 Stout began his career in the film industry. He has worked on over 45 feature films, including the Conan films, First Blood, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Walt Disney’s Dinosaur, Masters of the Universe, The Hitcher and Pan’s Labyrinth (Stout’s work contributed to the film winning two of its Oscars and won Stout a 2006 Chesley Award). Return of the Living Dead made Stout the youngest production designer in film history.

Stout's dinosaur illustrations and murals have appeared in many publications, became the subjects of multiple exhibitions. In 1981 Bantam Books published Stout's bestselling landmark masterwork THE DINOSAURS-A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era, followed by The Little Blue Brontosaurus (the1984 Children's Choice Award recipient; adapted as The Land Before Time animated feature) and Ray Bradbury's Dinosaur Tales. Eleven Stout paintings were selected for inclusion in the traveling exhibition “Dinosaurs Past and Present” seen by over two million visitors at Smithsonian alone. Michael Crichton acknowledged Stout's work as inspiration for his book Jurassic Park. In 1993, Universal Cartoon Studios chose Stout to design a prime time animated series of Jurassic Park. Stout’s prehistoric paintings and murals are on permanent display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Zoo, the Orton Geological Museum, the Museum of the Rockies, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and the Lagoon Discovery Center (Carlsbad, CA).

Stout worked for Walt Disney Imagineering from 1986 to 1989 as a conceptual designer, writer and producer for expansions to all their properties. He subsequently continued themed entertainment design for Disney, Universal and Landmark Entertainment Group. In 1995, Steven Spielberg made Stout Senior Concept Designer for GameWorks, a joint gaming arcade project between DreamWorks SKG, Universal and Sega. Since then Stout participated in designing themed entertainment centers such as Michael Jackson’s NeverLand, the Kansas City’s Wonderful World of Oz theme park as well as a Toronto Dinotopia themed park.
William Stout resides in Pasadena, California with his wife, frequently visited by his sons and grandchildren.

Selected Film Credits
2006 Pan’s Labyrinth, creature and set designs (contributed to the film’s achieving two of its three Academy Awards). Also created creatures for the American sci-fi horror film Stephen King’s The Mist.
2005 Designs for The Prestige helped the film garner an Academy Award nomination
2000 Stout was the key character designer for the computer-animated feature Dinosaur

Special Projects
Stout was invited as a Special Guest, Guest of Honor and Special Artist Guest to numerous conventions and trade shows including Comic-Con, MondoCon, Dragon Con, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, CTNx (Creative Talent Network Expo), Comic Art Convention in Avilés, Spain and the Breda Strip Festival  in the Netherlands. Over 24 million William Stout trading cards have been sold.

Professional Associations
Signature Member, California Art Club; Advisory Board Member, California Art Club; member of the Society of Animal Artists; co-founder and 10th president of the Comic Art Professional Society

Selected Exhibitions
2015 Stout invited to exhibit in REVOLUTIONS 2 – Music as Art, the largest show in the history of the Forest Lawn Museum, where he exhibited more than 50 works
2010 Menagerie – The Art of Animals, an exhibition on the history of animals in art co-curated by Stout, opened at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California
2010 Laguna College of Art + Design hosted a huge Stout retrospective, his largest to date. Attendance at the show and Stout’s lecture broke all previous records for the college
1995 “One Man and Twenty Women” one man show of Stout’s figure drawings at the Carnegie Art Museum

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Selected Achievements

2015 California Art Club's William and Julia Bracken Wendt Award

2006 Curator's Award at the Springville Art Museum's Religious and Spiritual Art of Utah exhibition. Received Spectrum Gold Award in Editorial category

2002 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Young Adult Book and Stout’s art for the book awarded Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. Awarded Gold Award in Black and White category from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles for his Pablo Neruda-inspired art

Selected  Publications

2013 Legends of the Blues, Stout’s book featuring 100 portraits and biographies of Stout’s favorite blues musicians and singers (born prior to 1930) was published Abrams

2010 Hallucinations and Inspirations, two full color collections of Stout’s fantasy art, are published

2009 William Stout – Prehistoric Life Murals is published

Bill’s other recent books include Tribute to Willis O’Brien (volumes one and two), Fantastic Women (volumes one and two), Tyler’s Third Act and Flesk Prime. Stout’s own publishing company, Terra Nova Press, has published over fifty books on art and the history of art. He is currently at work on multiple themed sketchbooks, as well as his second blues volume for Abrams, Legends of the British Blues (a book containing 100 more portraits and biographies by Stout) and a long-awaited career retrospective volume from Insight Editions, Fantastic Worlds of William Stout.


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