Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ken Who!? Ken Belden Taxco Sculptor




So I have seen some Ken Beldin before tho not much. From what I can gather he was a a sculptor who worked outside of Taxco in the 70's. His work is usually is referred to as Tiki's - I guess cuz thats what they look like... His work doesnt come up that often (even on the specialy websites) and wonder if his body of work is limited. No references in any of my big books of silver and nada on Wiki. LMK if you have any 411 on Ken Beldin. Thanks Tia

UPDATE: Researching the Guadalupe Castellano there is a minute blurb on Ken in the Davis & Pack book: We have seen a few pieces done by Ken Belden, an American living in Tenancingo, which were interesting in color, being mostly of copper and brass and a little white metal. He is the cutodian of archeolgical stones and it is from these that he derives his motifs.

NOTE: Its unclear to me on the correct spelling is Belden or Beldin.
Davis & Pack says Belden but I swear the markings have an 'I' for Beldin.

8 comments:

  1. I know one of Ken Beldin's sons (BTW, it is Beldin, not Belden). I'll send this on to him in case he wants to comment. Do you have any more pictures of Ken's artwork? Or any other information about him?

    - David Wright
    david at dwimmigration dot com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Backstreet antiques in cottonwood Arizona nows of a collector who has a nice collection of Ken Beldins work well documented. his name I belive is Charles Koran?

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have acquired a piece of Beldin and on the back of the piece is hand signed Ken Beldin.the i is dotted.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yeah, I agree - mine has a dot too - looks like an 'I' to me....thanks for your post. Tia

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh yeah, see my Monday, September 13, 2010 post on more Ken Beldin - there was an article written about him. I was also told he wrote childrens books - altho, I have not been able to confirm that....Tia

    ReplyDelete
  6. My parents had a show of his work at our house in the 70s.. that's all I know

    ReplyDelete
  7. I bought a piece in a market in Australia. It signed with and "i" dotted. Scratched or etched on the back. Made of copper and brass and what looks like part of an old knife.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have discovered a Ken Beldin bracelet among several pieces of jewelry belonging to my late mother in law. The inscription of his name, however, looks different from the ones I see online and the artwork is less primitive looking. I'm having difficulty getting leads on this and getting the piece appraised.

    ReplyDelete