H.C. Westermann
American, 1922-1981
Collected by a major museum
Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
Party in the Front,
Nathalie Karg Gallery
An Affair In The Islands III,
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H.C. Westermann is known for his folkloric sculptures and works on paper that pair strong moral commentary with playfulness and humor, particularly in his recurring image of the Death Ship. Influenced by his combat experience in World War II and Korea, he frequently depicted scenes of ships burning or sinking among doomed human figures in rat-infested ports. His carved wood sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, and lithographs, woodcuts, and linoleum prints reference Surrealism, Expressionism, Pop art, and "low art" forms like comic books.

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