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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mistry, Dhruva (Mr.) (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn in pencil and ink on 'Chartwell' graph paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.190A-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Druva Mistry was born in Kanjari, (Gujarat) in 1957. He studied sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda (1974-79), graduating with distinction and a gold medal. He went on to gain an MA at Baroda (1979-81) and then came to Britain on a British Council scholarship to take an MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1981-83). Mistry has since gained international recognition and many prizes. He was the youngest person since Turner to be elected a member of the Royal Academy of Art. In 1997 he returned to Vadadora and in 1997 was appointed Professor, Head of Sculpture and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Baroda. He was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.

Mistry's work ranges from huge public commissions to maquettes and wall reliefs, related in part to Hinduism and Buddhism, but also encompassing influences from the West - Egyptian and Cycladic art and European traditions of figurative sculpture.

This technical drawing (as well as IS 190a-1984) was for the making of the sculpture of a bull. Both drawings were made by Mistry as part of the process of scaling up his original plaster maquette (IS 150-1984) for the monumental sculpture of a bull commissioned for the Liverpool International Garden Festival, 1984. The drawings took a month to execute.

Physical description

Technical drawing for sculpture of a bull. pencil and ink on paper. This drawing and IS 190-1984 were made by Mistry as part of the process of scaling up his original plaster maquette (IS 150-1984) for the monumental sculpture of a bull commissioned for the Liverpool International Garden Festival, 1984. The drawings took a month to execute. The profile of the maquette at regular intervals in its height and also alongs its length (see 190a-1984) was transferred with the aid of a profile gauge onto pieces of cardboard which were cut to fit over the model. These two series of cards then served as stencils for the two drawings. The drawings were enlarged by projecting photographs of them onto large sheets of paper; the enlarged drawings then served in guiding the construction of the armature for the full-sized version (made of 12 mm thick iron, which was worked with hands and a jigsaw). The armature was covered with 'expamet', (expanded metal) before application of the surface coating of concrete.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1984 (made)

Artist/maker

Mistry, Dhruva (Mr.) (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn in pencil and ink on 'Chartwell' graph paper

Marks and inscriptions

'front view'
Inscribed on lower left.

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 59.4 cm

Object history note

Gift of artist. Rp 84/2408.

Descriptive line

Drawing for sculpture of bull, Druva Mistry, pencil and ink, United Kingdom, 1984

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Contemporary Art in Baroda, ed. by Gulammohammed Sheikh, Tulika, 1997

Materials

Pencil; Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Bull

Categories

Drawings; Paintings; Animals and Wildlife; Designs; Sculpture; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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