Still the only venue in Fyshwick, Canberra for both Antiques and Art, now 7 years old and going from strength to strength, Collectorium on Newcastle, run by Ruth & Robert, is a gallery which buys and sells a diverse range of genuine Antiques, Collectables, Decorative and Fine Art.
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MEHTA, Tyeb, wax cast bronze bust of his wife SAKINA
MEHTA, Tyeb, born Gujarat, India 1925; died Mumbai, India 2009. Lost wax cast bronze bust of his wife SAKINA as a young woman. There is a casually applied signature and lettering to the reverse neck area that can be interpreted as Sakina and a set of numerals which look like 98. Weight circa 45 kg. Although primarily a painter, Mehta was artist in residence from 1984 – 86 in the university town Santinekatan, West Bengal and in this period he explored bronze casting. Mehta possibly created this bust when they were both a lot younger, perhaps in clay or plaster as a maquette, when his style was generally more true to nature before he embraced the abstract style which bought him great financial success towards the end of his career. He studied at the Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, in the early 1950s. His teacher there suggested “What you are seeing in the books in school is just an image of the real work”. Thus in 1959 the family went to live in the UK where Mehta was influenced by European Expressionism which gave his painting a sculptural monumentality that is reminiscent of bronze sculptures by Henry Moore. After 5 years in London, Mehta returned to India and worked there for the rest of his life except for a year in the USA on a Rockefeller Foundation grant in 1968.