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F N Souza

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About Artist

"But for art, man would die of boredom!" Souza was born in the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1924 into a strict Roman Catholic family. His upbringing was marked by what he saw as the conflict between the erotic india...

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"But for art, man would die of boredom!"

Souza was born in the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1924 into a strict Roman Catholic family. His upbringing was marked by what he saw as the conflict between the erotic indian art surrounding him, and the repressive teachings of the Catholic Church. This duality of what he called 'sin and sensuality' was to significantly shape his art. Souza's canvases alternate from spiky, deformed faceless bodies and violent scenes of Christ's crucifixion, to sensual and statuesque nudes and tender portrayals of mother and child. Souza's work is often evaluated within the context of his Indian contemporaries, namely the Progressives, of which he was a founding member.

The social context within which Souza lived and painted and his strength of character are being brought into view. From his very beginnings, with the death of his father and sister during his childhood, Souza struggled against adversity. He fought for and achieved recognition against racism, conservatism and poverty to achieve one-man shows and international awards. Souza's energy never abated for new ideas and new techniques, from his use of light boxes to project images onto canvases, to his early experimentation with chemical solvents, acrylics and monochrome painting.

Like other great artists of the Twentieth Century, Souza was neither daunted by tradition nor disparaging of contemporary visual culture. Instead he adopted various notions and visual references from such sources as the old masters, his contemporaries, and commercial imagery appropriating them to create his own distinct works. In no other case is it more appropriate for a new adjective; Souzaesque. Souza was not only a prolific painter but also a writer, poet and even philosopher. His legacy is only just coming to light and there is much more to research. We can all look forward to discovering more about him.

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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    "But for art, man would die of boredom!"

    Souza was born in the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1924 into a strict Roman Catholic family. His upbringing was marked by what he saw as the conflict between the erotic indian art surrounding him, and the repressive teachings of the Catholic Church. This duality of what he called 'sin and sensuality' was to significantly shape his art. Souza's canvases alternate from spiky, deformed faceless bodies and violent scenes of Christ's crucifixion, to sensual and statuesque nudes and tender portrayals of mother and child. Souza's work is often evaluated within the context of his Indian contemporaries, namely the Progressives, of which he was a founding member.

    The social context within which Souza lived and painted and his strength of character are being brought into view. From his very beginnings, with the death of his father and sister during his childhood, Souza struggled against adversity. He fought for and achieved recognition against racism, conservatism and poverty to achieve one-man shows and international awards. Souza's energy never abated for new ideas and new techniques, from his use of light boxes to project images onto canvases, to his early experimentation with chemical solvents, acrylics and monochrome painting.

    Like other great artists of the Twentieth Century, Souza was neither daunted by tradition nor disparaging of contemporary visual culture. Instead he adopted various notions and visual references from such sources as the old masters, his contemporaries, and commercial imagery appropriating them to create his own distinct works. In no other case is it more appropriate for a new adjective; Souzaesque. Souza was not only a prolific painter but also a writer, poet and even philosopher. His legacy is only just coming to light and there is much more to research. We can all look forward to discovering more about him.

    F N Souza: Why This Collection Of His Work Best Explains His Evolution

    An exclusive collection of F N Souza's work comes on board Mojarto, courtesy the Artoholics gallery in Delhi. Mainly sketches, they bring out how this prominent figure of modern Indian art, evolved in his work.

  • Academics

    1960 Study Tour of Italy on an Italian Government Scholarship

    1940-45 Diploma in Painting, Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2001 'Francis Newton Souza Rare Works: 1965-2001', Galerie 88, Kolkata

    1999 Copeland Fine Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA

    1998 Bose Pacia Modern, New York

    1997 Julian Hartnolls Gallery, London

    1996 Art Heritage, New Delhi

    1996 'Souza from the Alkazi Collection', Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi

    1993 'Souza, 1940s-1990s Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1986 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1983 'Souza in the Forties' Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1985 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1976 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1975, 76 Arts 38, London

    1968 London Arts Gallery Detroit, USA

    1966 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1966 Grosvenor Gallery, London

    1963 Taj Gallery, Mumbai

    1962 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

    1961 Gallery One, London

    1961, 62 North Audley Street, London

    1960 Gallery One, London

    1959 Gallery One, London

    1957 Gallery One, London

    1955 Gallery One, London

    1954 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

    1954 Gallery Creuze, London

    1951 Indian Embassy, London



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2001 'Souza and Baiju', Saffronart and Apparao Galleries, Mumbai

    1996 National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

    1996, 93 LTG Gallery, New Delhi

    1987 Coups de Coeur, Halles de L’Ile, Geneva

    1986 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1982 'Modern Indian Paintings', Hirschorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Washington, D.C

    1982 India: Myth and Reality, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

    1982 Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy, London

    1977 'Commonwealth Artists of Fame', London

    1967 Guggenheim Foundation, USA

    1965 Art Now in India, London

    1964 Grosvenor Gallery

    1962 Commonwealth Institute, London

    1957 John Moore's Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

    1956, 57, 59, 60 Gallery One, London

    1954 Venice Biennale, Italy

    1954 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

    1949 Bombay Art Society Salon, Mumbai

    1948 Burlington House Gallery, London

    1947 Progressive Artists Group, Mumbai


  • Award & Recognition

    1998 Kalidas Sanman, Government of Madhya Pradesh

    1967 Guggenheim International Award, New York

    1960 Italian Government Scholarship (through the British Council)

    1957 John Moores Prize, Liverpool

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