Trying To Be A Problem, 2012. Acrylic on canvas banner. 55 x 67 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.

Slinger, WI


Fred Stonehouse populates his canvases with mythical creatures, religious symbolism, and biographical anecdotes. His painted cast of characters are often based on members of his family; his narratives drawn from lived experience. Borrowing imagery from sources as diverse as rural hunting culture and vintage circus banners, his more recent works are inhabited by creatures lurking around marshlands and deep woods similar to those in Wisconsin. Rife with satire and despair, his painted worlds are at once fantastical dreamscapes and prescient explorations of the human experience and its attendant charms and disillusions.


Fred Stonehouse was born in Milwaukee and received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1982. Stonehouse has been an Assistant Professor of Art, teaching painting and drawing, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2008. He is nationally known for his finely crafted, highly symbolic paintings. His works are in many private and public collections, including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; San Jose Museum of Art, California; and Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. Stonehouse is represented by the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.