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Baz Mehew

Baz Mehew is a self taught artist, having previously drawn, painted and carved throughout his working life. He developed an interest in art whilst visiting other countries as a clearance diver in the Royal Navy. After an injury he left the services and started doing up old properties, including a farm in Wales. Always interested in food and cooking he subsequently, with a partner, set up a popular delicatessen in Dartmouth. From there they moved to Cornwall in 1988 and established a market garden business, keeping his interest in art alive through running a gallery attached to the premises. Baz and Maureen established and ran a gallery in Penzance for around 10 years, called ‘Dick The Dog’ named after his old bull terrier. The gallery ran art exhibitions and sold a range of crafts and furniture.

Baz’s work stems from an interest in the art of primitive cultures, Inuit, Maori, African, Celtic, etc. This richness of cultural artefacts provides a wealth of material from which to draw inspiration for his stone carving.

The range of work can best be described as an interpretation of primitive images. Gods and goddesses, the Green Man, shaman type animals, hawk heads, fish, spirals, mostly in stone, bone and wood. Occasionally he includes semi precious stones or metals. He has produced small, and sometimes even miniature, pieces, reminiscent of Inuit carvings, tactile and with pleasing proportions.

Artist Works

‘Chirpy Bird’; Beach stone & bone; 120 high x180 mm including wood plinth

‘Cornish Bird’; Carved bone; Height 150mm, Wing span 180mm; On wooden plinth; Total height = 220mm,

‘Loon’;  Carved horn & bone; 120 mm long on wooden plinth; 120 mm high total

‘Fish’; Carved bone; 170 long x130 high, including wooden plinth. £125.00

‘Inuit Fisherman’; Carved soapstone & bone; 150 mm high on plinth 150 x 95. £170.00

‘Bear’; Carved bone; 150 mm long on alabaster plinth; 80 mm high total. £170.00

‘Narwhal’; Carved mudstone & bone; 290mm long x 110 high, including wooden plinth. £170.00

‘Owl’; Carved soapstone; 110 mm  on wooden plinth; 220 mm total. £125.00

Tues ‒ Sat: 10:30am ‒ 4:30pm

1 The Strand, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5HJ

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