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.