H.C. Westermann



ARTIST: H.C. Westermann

DOB/PLACE:  12/11/22  in Los Angeles, California           DOD/PLACE:11/3/81 in Danbury Connecticut

EDUCATION:  Art Insitute of Chicago--1947-

EMPLOYMENT:  Assorted jobs: logging, railroad, sawmill, acrobat, U.S.Marines-1942 & 1950, carpentry

MAJOR SHOWS/GALLERIES/COMMISSIONS

http://www.galerie103.com/H.C.Westermann.html

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES:   Printmaker, Sculptor.  Used carefully selected materials--exotic wood, bronze, commercial materials, found objects.

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION:  He used a highly personal, symbolic �vocabulary� combining visual imagery with textural details & structures.  Often communicated through �letter drawings� which reveal the inner workings of his creative mind.               For more on these:

http://homepage.mac.com/pannier/westermann/

HCW:   �One thing I know [is] that I love quality in lots of things.  I don't like shoddiness. I like quality.  Maybe it's just an idiosyncrasy with me, you know.�

SUBJECT MATTER/THEMES/CONCEPTS DEALT WITH:  Recurring themes:  war, social & political commentary, technology, science fiction, humor, travel, transportation.  His experiences in war made deep impressions which he frequently played out in his work.

LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY:

http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/3aa/3aa333.htm

Jay Jensen on HCW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txzrHILnJj4

http://www.mcachicago.org/westermanncurriculum/frames/frm_meet_the_artist.html

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