Blocksma, Dewey

Dewey Blocksma was born in Amarillo, Texas. He earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College in Illinois and worked as an emergency room physician for ten years after graduating from Northwestern University Medical School. He was curious on “how things worked” and started creating art from found objects to relieve his stressful career. Soon thereafter, he left the medical practice to devote himself to his art. In 1979, he moved to Holland, Michigan. There, he creates sculptures small enough to hold and big enough to ride. Dewey Blocksma is known for making heads out of wooden shoes and bodies out of tennis rackets. This personification of his sculpture is beloved by art collectors everywhere – he has shown at the San Francisco Museum of Folk Art, the American Folk Heritage Gallery in New York City, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Pieces by Blocksma, Dewey in our collection: