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Herman Hugg
Born (1921-01-19)January 19, 1921
Strawberry, Arkansas
Died October 2, 2013(2013-10-02) (aged 92)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Political movement Surrealism
Spouse(s) Minnie Beth Hugg[1]

Herman Elzo Hugg (January 19, 1921 – October 2, 2013) was an American artist, educator, and philosopher.

Hugg was primarily a painter, whose works often included surrealist, expressionist, and spiritual elements.[2] He also created sculptures in stone and wood, and large-scale works of enamel on recycled metal.[3]

He was a longtime-resident of Beaumont, Texas, where he was a teacher at South Park High School[4] and a member of the Beaumont Art League.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Hugg was born in Strawberry, Arkansas, to Edgar and Telia Massey Hugg.[1] The family moved to the Texas Panhandle when Herman was six years old.[5] He earned an undergraduate degree from West Texas State University and a master's from Stephen F. Austin State University.[1]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Hugg served in the United States Navy Seabees 47th Battalion corps of engineers during World War II in the Solomon Islands.[1]

Beaumont[edit | edit source]

Philosophy[edit | edit source]

Exhibitions[edit | edit source]

The Beaumont Art League hosted a retrospective of Hugg's work in 2009.[6] Six of his pieces were included in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas's show Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences 1925-1965 from January 22 to April 3, 2011.[2][4]

Selected works[edit | edit source]

  • Foxhole (1947),[2]
  • Dear John (1945),[3]
  • Forsaken Garden (1947)[2][7]

References[edit | edit source]

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