Two of a Kind: F N Souza and Lancelot Ribeiro

F N Souza, the “enfant terrible” of modern Indian art, hardly needs an introduction. His less known half-brother, Lancelot Ribeiro, might. As two paintings from important phases in their artistic careers go on auction in June, we look at intersections in their life and art.

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Retracing Ribeiro

Guest contributor Ananya Mukhopadhyay reviews Indian modernist Lancelot Ribeiro’s London exhibition

An exhibition at the Burgh House & Hampstead Museum in London marks the beginning of a year-long programme of events to explore and celebrate the work of the late Indian painter Lancelot Ribeiro. As part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, Retracing Ribeiro is a Heritage Lottery-funded project which will examine the artist’s vibrant and often understudied oeuvre through a series of exhibitions and talks.

Having first travelled to the UK in 1950 to study accounting, Ribeiro quickly became disenchanted with both the London weather and his chosen vocation. While living in London Ribeiro acted as studio assistant to his half-brother, Francis Newton Souza, and also started to create his own works. He eventually abandoned his accountancy course and enrolled in St. Martin’s School of Art. Shortly after his graduation however, the artist was required to leave London for his National Service in the Royal Air Force, somewhat interrupting his artistic development. Following his discharge, Ribeiro returned to India and held several successful solo exhibitions before returning to England in mid-1962.

untitled-blue-and-green-landscape-1961Untitled (Blue and Green Landscape), 1961
Image courtesy Grosvenor Gallery

Renowned gallerist Nicholas Treadwell was to be a great champion of the Indian artists who had settled in post-war London, selling their work door-to-door from his furniture van-cum-gallery space. As part of Asian Art in London 2016, Treadwell gave a talk at the British Museum recalling his dealings with Ribeiro and contemporaries Bakre and Souza as he trundled up and down the country in his mobile gallery. All three artists featured in Grosvenor Gallery’s show Indian Modernist Landscapes 1950-1970: Bakre, Ribeiro, Souza, on view 3 – 12 November at 32 St. James’s Street, London.

rib-untitled-white-landscape-1964Untitled (Red Landscape with Dome), 1966
Image courtesy Grosvenor Gallery

Retracing Ribeiro is a chance to experience the extraordinary range of painterly styles practiced by the late modernist, from rare, naturalistic watercolours of Hampstead Heath, to expressionistic Goan landscapes punctuated with the spires and domes of his childhood. The artist’s pioneering use of PVA mixed with fabric dyes in the early 1960s presaged the widespread uptake of acrylic paints in the years that followed, a feat with which Ribeiro is rarely credited. His careful oil compositions have equally received little attention, in spite of their enduring vibrancy and strength of expression.

The Retracing Ribeiro exhibition will be on view at Burgh House & Hampstead Museum until 19 March 2017, while a heritage display from the Ribeiro archive will be on show at the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre from 6 February 2017 – 31 March 2017. Forthcoming events include talks by David Buckman, author of Lancelot Ribeiro: An Artist in India and Europe, and an evening of lectures and music at the Victoria & Albert Museum early next year. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit www.lanceribeiro.co.uk/news.htm.

Saffronart Luxury Country House is WSJ ‘House of the Day’

Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart introduces one of Saffronart Prime Properties which featured on the Wall Street Journal over the summer

London: Back in August the Wall Street Journal proclaimed ‘House of the Day’ one of Saffronart Prime Properties.

A Stylish Eco-Friendly Country House, Aldona, Goa

A Stylish Eco-Friendly Country House, Aldona, Goa. Image Credit: http://www.saffronart.com/real-estate/Property-Details.aspx?iid=33602&tc=0&sid=#

The chosen property is an eco-friendly two-story country house located in Aldona, Goa. This property is the  perfect getaway from the crowds and usual distractions of modern life. This home is well suited for those wishing to reconnect with themselves, the environment and the natural rhythms of life.

The uniqueness of this property stems from each facet of the home having been designed in harmony with its beautiful surroundings. This is one of the first homes in Goa shortlisted to receive a ‘Gold’ certificate from the India Green Building Council.

The property features four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Three of the bedrooms are in the main house. (The fourth is in the pool pavilion.) All four bedrooms are open on two sides, have teak wood doors and polished cement floors. The three bedrooms in the main house also have basalt walls. The master bedroom, has an elevated view of the surroundings. The built-up area of approximately 4500 square feet is constructed on approximately 1226 square yards of land.

Everything started when the owner, Anjali Mangalgiri, and her husband bought a piece of land in Aldona in 2010. They began construction in 2011 and spent about two years building this two-story house. Ms. Mangalgiri works in real-estate design and construction. She and her husband live in New York City but both grew up in India. They fell in love with the bio-diversity of Goa after visiting friends in the state and started to look for land to build a house.

This property is available for sale and you can find more information on Saffronart website and on the following article.

Below you can enjoy few images of this extraordinary property.

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‘Restless Ribeiro: An Indian Artist in Britain’ – An Exhibition at Asia House

Emily Jane Cushing shares a note on the Lance Ribeiro exhibition currently on view at Asia House, London.

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Lance Ribeiro

London: This exhibition, the third retrospective of Ribeiro’s work since his death in 2010, displays a plethora of the artist’s diverse work including portraits, still life and abstract compositions in media such as acrylic and watercolour, as well as some of the lesser known sculptures by the artist.

Lance Rebeiro

Lance Ribeiro

Born in Bombay, Ribeiro hails from a Catholic Portuguese family from Goa. In 1950, he arrived in London intending to study accountancy. However, he soon enrolled at St. Martin’s School of Art, to study life drawing. During the years that followed, Ribeiro lived between London and Paris. Upon his return to Bombay in 1955, he embraced his passion for both art and literature, and in 1958 began painting professionally. Both his Catholic and Goan heritage inspired his imagined scenes, several of which incorporate Catholic imagery.

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Untitled, 1962, Oil on board, 60.5 x 91.5 cm

Ribeiro’s artistic output was original and prolific; when considering his work he states he painted, ‘impulsively, compulsively, endlessly, tired and tirelessly with or without joy’. Both the subject matter and the style of Ribeiro’s work changed vastly over the course of his career, from the 1950s till his death in 2010.

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The exhibition is on view from 24 May to the 29 June, 2013, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Talks about the Lance Ribeiro and his work will be held on 30 May and 12 June at Asia House.

To learn more, browse the exhibition page on Asia House’s website.

An e-catalogue for the exhibition is also available on the artist’s website.

Remembering Prabuddha Dasgupta

Josheen Oberoi on the artist and photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta

New York: Prabuddha Dasgupta passed away on August 12, 2012 of natural causes. He was in his late 50s. A beloved photographer in India, he was internationally renowned for his commissioned fashion photography, but had, in fact, straddled the worlds of fashion and fine art photography for decades, one of the few to have done so with his level of acclaim.

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Francis and Bobby D’Souza in their Bedroom, Parra, Goa, 2006
Archival digital print on paper, 18.5 x 27 inches
Image courtesy Saffronart

Prabuddha Dasgupta was a self-taught photographer and first hit Indian national consciousness with the publication of his book Women in 1996, featuring portraits and nudes of Indian women. This publication came decades after he was already well established and revered as a photographer in the fashion and advertising industries. More recently, he published Edge of Faith (2009), comprising seventy nine intimate portraits of the Catholic community in Goa.

I had the pleasure of working with Prabuddha at his first personal showing in New York in 2007, for his body of work Longing. This series was also written about in the Paris Review. The show was a narrative of memories and experiences, with the artist allowing us a glimpse of intimate fragments of his life and experiences. These images, like most of his recognized work, were monochromatic; his mastery over the nuances of black and white being unparalleled.

Prabuddha Dasgupta
Untitled, 2005
Print on paper, 14.0 x 20.5 inches
Image courtesy Saffronart

What I took away most from my experience working with him, beyond his obvious artistic genius, was his tremendous humility. He had a degree of graciousness that is rare to encounter, in both his professional and personal interactions, and he will be sorely missed.

You can read more about him in the personal recollections of his colleague Pablo Bartholomew here. A couple of the many obituaries published over the last few days can also be read here and here.

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