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Francis Newton Souza



Education  1960 Study Tour of Italy on an Italian Government Scholarship 1940-45 Diploma in Painting, Sir J.J.School of Arts, Mumbai Exhibitions  Selected Posthumous Exhibitions 2014 'Rituals and Reasons: Invoking the Sensual in Art', Apprao Galleries, Chennai 2013 'Ram Kumar and the Bombay Progressives: The Form and the Figure Part II', Aicon Gallery, New York 2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2013 'Panoplism', Nature Morte, New Delhi 2013 'Edge of Reason- and beyond, into pure creativity', presented by Indian Art Circle at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Diva', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2012 'Talking Heads', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Iconic Processions', Aicon Gallery, New York 2012 'Extending the Line', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Migrations', Tate Britain, London 2012 'F.N.Souza: Landsacpes, Heads and Nudes', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2012 'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', prsented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai 2012 'Through the Ages: South Asian Sculpture and Painting from Antiquity to Modernism', Aicon Gallery, New York 2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi 2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York 2011-12 'Picasso Souza', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore 2011 'The Path of the Lotus: Indian Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2011 'Modern Masters', Aicon Gallery, New York 2011 'Ida Kar: Portraits of F N Souza', British Council, New Delhi; Grosvenor Vadehra, London; Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sunaparanta Goa Centre, Panjim 2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Seduction by Masquerade', Nature Morte, New Delhi 2011 'States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day', Aicon Gallery, London 2011 'POP: Progressives on Paper', Aicon Gallery, New York 2011 'Anecdotes', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2011 'Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Museum Oglethorpe, Atlanta 2011 'High-Light', presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon 2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi 2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose 2011 'Continuum', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Celebrations 2011', Kumar Gallery, New Delhi 2010-11 'Figure/Landscape: Part Two', Aicon Gallery, London 2010 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2010 'Figure/Landscape: Part One', Aicon Gallery, New York 2010 'The Modernists', RL Fine Arts, New York 2010 'Paper Trails', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 'A Missing History: 'The Other Story' Re-visited', Aicon Gallery, London 2010 'The Progressives & Associates', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai 2010 'From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in Transition', Rob Dean Art, London in association with Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010 'Volte-Face: Souza's Iconoclastic Vision', presented by Dhoomimal Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2010 'Cross Purposes', Mascalls Gallery, West Kent; Ben Uri Museum, London 2010 'Vahana', Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai 2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'Master Class', The Arts Trust, Mumbai 2009 'Bazgasht: Traditional Methods and Modern Practices, The Revival of Miniature Paintings from the Sub-Continent', Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario 2009 'Anglo-Indian Express', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2009 'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead 2009 'F.N.Souza: Heads, Landscapes and Nudes', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2009 'In Search of the Vernacular', Aicon Gallery, New York 2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2009 'Kalpana: Figurative Art in India', presented by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London; The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) 2009 'Tracing Time', Bodhi Art, Mumbai 2009 'Armory Show', New York presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008-09 ''Modern India', organized by Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain 2008-09 ‘Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art’, Traveling Exhibition presented by Bodhi Art at Ravinder Natya Mandir, P.L.Despande Kala Academy Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sant Dyaneshwar Natya Sankul Art Gallery, Amravati; Platinum Jubilee Hall, Nagpur; Tapadia Natya Mandir Sports Hall, Aurangabad; Hirachand Nemchand Vachanalay’s, Solapur; Acharya Vidyanand Sanskrutik Bhavan, Kolhapur; PGSR Sabhagriha, SNDT, Pune; Sarvajanik Vachanalaya Hall, Nasik 2008 'Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 '3 Masters Briefly', Akar Prakar, Kolkata 2008 'F.N.Souza', presented by Saffronart and Grosvenor Gallery, London at Saffronart, New York 2008 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005', Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 2008 ‘Freedom 2008: Sixty Years After Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2008 'Tales, Reflection and Constructs', ITC Windsor, Bangalore 2007-08 ‘India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation’, Province of Milan, Milan 2007 'Bacon, Freud, Souza and Mehta', Grosvenor Vadehra, New Delhi 2007 'Painting Without Paint: The Chemical Paintings of FN Souza', R L Fine Arts, New York 2005/6 'F. N. Souza: Religion and Erotica', Tate Britain, London 2005 Ashta Nayak: Eight Pioneers of Indian Art', Aicon Gallery, New York 2005/6 'Self-Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary', National Portrait Gallery, London 2005 'Francis Newton Souza', Saffronart and Grosvenor Gallery, London and New York 2005 'Modern Indian Paintings', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2005 'A Tribute to F. N. Souza', Kumar Gallery, New Delhi 2005 'Manifestations III', Nehru Centre, Mumbai; Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2004 'Manifestations II', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2004 'Ethos: Contemporary Indian Art', Indigo Blue Art, Singapore 2004 'Souza in London', curated by Yashodhara Dalmia from the Bhayana family collection, British Council, New Delhi 2003 'Modern Indian Painting', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2003 'Francis Newton Souza: Works on Paper', Saffronart, Mumbai 2003 'F.N Souza: A Definitive Retrospective', Gallery Artsindia, New York 2003 'Manifestations', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2002 'Souza and Friends', Grosvenor Gallery, London Selected 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 Selected 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, 1964 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 Honours and Awards 1998 Kalidas Sanman, Government of Madhya Pradesh, India 1967 Guggenheim International Award, New York 1960 Italian Government Scholarship (through the British Council) 1957 John Moores Prize, Liverpool Francis Newton Souza's unrestrained and graphic style creates thought provoking and powerful images. His repertoire of subjects covers still life, landscape, nudes and icons of Christianity, rendered boldly in a frenzied distortion of form. Souza's paintings express defiance and impatience with convention and with the banality of everyday life. Souza's works have reflected the influence of various schools of art: the folk art of his native Goa, the full-blooded paintings of the Renaissance, the religious fervor of the Catholic Church, the landscapes of the 18th and 19th century Europe and the path-breaking paintings of the moderns. A recurrent theme in his works is the conflict in a man - woman relationship, with an emphasis on sexual tension and friction. In his drawings, he uses line with economy, while still managing to capture fine detail in his forms; or he uses a a profusion of crosshatched strokes that make up the overall structure of his subject.

Francis Newton Souza

    • Lives and Works :
    • Passed away on March 28th 2002
    • Education :
    • Sir J J School of art


Artist Statement

Francis Newton Souza's unrestrained and graphic style creates thought provoking and powerful images. His repertoire of subjects covers still life, landscape, nudes and icons of Christianity, rendered boldly in a frenzied distortion of form. Souza's paintings express defiance and impatience with convention and with the banality of everyday life. Souza's works have reflected the influence of various schools of art: the folk art of his native Goa, the full-blooded paintings of the Renaissance, the
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Artist Biography

Education  1960 Study Tour of Italy on an Italian Government Scholarship 1940-45 Diploma in Painting, Sir J.J.School of Arts, Mumbai Exhibitions  Selected Posthumous Exhibitions 2014 'Rituals and Reasons: Invoking the Sensual in Art', Apprao Galleries, Chennai 2013 'Ram Kumar and the Bombay Progressives: The Form and the Figure Part II', Aicon Gallery, New York 2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2013 'Panoplism', Nature Morte,
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