Jens H. Westermann Biography

Scarcely inspired, little taught, underneath the fate.

I have always painted, not necessarily since 1964 but a short time later. After all, my grandmother said to me in 1969 that I should become an artist. Whatever she meant, it's one of my first memories I have.

After a short promotion by my art teacher in the seventies, I spent time with painting again during the professional orientation in the 80s without making a profession. The opportunity to paint again, was given to me in the middle of the 90s and around the year 2005. With the concentration on the essential things since 2015 I am now working again and have much to learn.

I paint in oil, acrylic and pastel. I appreciate the characteristics of the charcoal for the quick grasping of an idea. I work according to my own sketches, increasingly for not own material (photos and film pictures). The preparation is often done digitally. My reliefs and sculptures are made of plastic.

My style: Realism, Fotorealism and Surrealism. Subjects: Still life, portraits and structures. Details and proximity to the object are particularities of many pictures. Special scenes often require explanation. My pictures seem realistic, some of them photo-realistic. Some pictures are surrealistic with a wink.

I am not an autodidact. I had many teachers, but only a few good ones. I am not really an occasional artist.

Since 2005 I am professionally and financially independent, with a lot of time for painting. Where I had tried it before, there is now for me hardly more important to do.

Born 1964 in Uelzen, grew up in Nettelkamp and after "trips" to Hamburg and the Lower Saxony province, I live and work in Flensburg at the danish border for several years.

Since "shall" I also remain.

Jens H. Westermann, 2015.

Artist's Statement

In 1969 My grandmother mean, I should be an artist, She couldn't know how long that takes.