2 Artists and a Distinct Friendship

F N Souza and M F Husain were integral members of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group and had their own distinct styles. We look at their unique and long-lasting friendship through a painting that goes on auction in the Evening Sale next week.

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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.


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.


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.

The Viceroys of India

Sneha Sikand of Saffronart on one of the latest exhibitions at London’s National Portrait Gallery

George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston
Image Credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

London: The National Portrait Gallery in London is currently displaying a selection of portraits of Viceroys who represented the British monarchy in pre-independent India. Used in place of the more bureaucratic term ‘Governor General’, the Viceroy’s role was to serve as a direct representative of the monarch to the rulers of South Asia’s princely states and other leaders of the subcontinent.

Spanning almost a century, the Viceroy years represented a time of constant change, which is quite evident in the photographs on display in this exhibition. Apart from portraits of the Viceroys themselves, the collection also features those of other notable people who shaped the history of the time. The eleven works on display feature explorers Edward Adrian Wilson, Edward Leicester Atkinson, and also an iconic image of Lord and Lady Mountbatten with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The image, by legendary Magnum photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, was taken before the departure of the Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy, from India in 1948.

Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma;
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru;
Edwina Cynthia Annette, Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Image Credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Read more about the exhibition here.

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