Unusual painted plaster sculpture titled on reverse label "Domestic Scene #1/Khajuraho, India", 16" by 9" as framed, circa 1960, signed in ink on the reverse and bearing nearby a rubber stamp of the artist's name. The artist, Jack A. Shelden, is not technically listed but I was able to find another, similar work by the artist on the net, that one of Sri Lanka (the old Ceylon, near India); that example was accompanied by a label for an exhibition, with the artist's Denver address and post-zip code, so after 1962. Further internet searching revealed a Jack A. Shelden of Denver who was born in 1921 and died in 1998. No doubt there is more to be learned about this now obscure but obviously talented artist. Khajuraho, India is about 350 miles southeast of New Delhi, and its temples, friezes and countless, ubiquitous carved architectural elements make it a popular stop on the Indian tourist trail. The resemblance of the present work to the complex three dimensional works of Khajuraho is startling, and one can readily see how the artist might have been inspired by what he saw in the course of his apparent South Asian wanderings. This work is in very good condition with only minor flaws.
JACK A. SHELDEN (1921-1998) painted plaster sculpture India inspired subject