In a running series of beautifully crafted songs, photographs and short stories, Steve Fout has created an original and lasting body of work with a vision that incorporates abstract expressionist art, acoustic guitar music and modern prose. His latest work includes all three forms and are offered here together for the first time on a wider scale.
Long at the forefront of the acoustic music scene in his native Columbus, Ohio, Steve has also collaborated with many of the Midwest's finest artists. His performances, recordings, workshops and individual instructional sessions have inspired an entire generation of musicians. Steve continues his steady pace of writing and performing his original material plus finds time to perform as a guest artist in bands that span the folk, bluegrass, Celtic and jazz genres.
As a writer, Steve's poems and stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and his internet contributions are a popular and eagerly awaited feature on a variety of websites. In the late '70s and early '80s, Steve, along with fellow writers Jerry Roscoe, (Mirror Lake and The Unexamined Life), Jim Coe (A Mobius Novel), and Phil Boiarski (Coal And Ice), led a popular Performance Art movement that combined poetry, jazz, painting and photography in public settings. That movement and their influence continues to this day. Steve's, Jim's and Jerry's original performance tribute to Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation remains the standard by which other similar peformances are now judged.
Steve's photographs are inspired by paintings and sculptures from all periods and his photo technique includes taking extreme close-ups of found subjects, paintings, sculptures, and geometric shapes that render abstract expressions rooted in painterly characteristics. While he maintains his own highly individualistic vision and style, Steve cites Minor White, Robert Frank, Man Ray and Aaron Siskind as influencers of his visual work.
Steve's recording of "A Song For Julia" serves as the background music for this page and has recently been added to the Web Store.