Francis Newton Souza

(1924 - 2002) Born in 1924 in Saligao, Goa, Souza was expelled from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1942 for taking part in the ‘Quit India’ freedom movement. He went on to found the Progressive Artist’s Group in 1948, before leaving for London a year later. In 1955 Souza held a one-man show at Gallery One in London and also had his autobiographical essay ‘Nirvana of a Maggot’ published. He was awarded the John Moore Prize at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool in 1957 and received an Italian Government Scholarship in 1960. In 1959 a collection of his autobiographical essays, ‘Words and Lines’, was published, and in 1962 a monograph on his work by Edwin Mullins was published as well. In 1967 Souza migrated to New York where he received the Guggenheim International Award. Two retrospectives of his work were organized by Art Heritage, New Delhi, in 1986 and 1996. Souza also participated in a work-live programme in Los Angeles, hosted by Saffronart in 2001. Souza passed away in Mumbai 2002. Some important posthumous exhibition of his work include, ‘F.N. Souza’ at Saffronart and Grosvenor Gallery, New York, in 2008; ‘F.N. Souza: Religion & Erotica’ at Tate Britain, London, in 2005-06; ‘Self-Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in 2005; and ‘Francis Newton Souza’ at Saffronart and Grosvenor Gallery, New York and London, in 2005.

Past Auctions

LOT NO.
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Francis Newton Souza

Untitled (Head)
Winning Bid: $ 24,000
Estimate: US$ 25,000 - 35,000
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art ( 17 March - 21 March, 2016 )
LOT NO.
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Francis Newton Souza

Untitled (Head)
Bought-In
Estimate: US$ 6,000 - 8,000
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art ( 17 March - 21 March, 2016 )
LOT NO.
36

Francis Newton Souza

Untitled (Head)
Winning Bid: $ 1,900
Estimate: US$ 2,000 - 3,000
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art ( 17 March - 21 March, 2016 )
LOT NO.
30

Francis Newton Souza

Flowers and leaves
Winning Bid: $ 60,000
Estimate: US$ 40,000 - 60,000
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art ( 13 October - 17 October, 2016 )
LOT NO.
33

Francis Newton Souza

Untitled
Winning Bid: $ 3,000
Estimate: US$ 3,000 - 5,000
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art ( 13 October - 17 October, 2016 )
LOT NO.
32

Francis Newton Souza

Untitled
Winning Bid: $ 2,000
Estimate: US$ 2,000 - 3,000
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art ( 13 October - 17 October, 2016 )
LOT NO.
36

Francis Newton Souza

Still Life
Winning Bid: $ 220,000
Estimate: US$ 100,000 - 150,000
South Asian Art ( 23 March - 27 March, 2017 )
LOT NO.
13

Francis Newton Souza

Spanish Landscape
Winning Bid: $ 65,000
Estimate: US$ 70,000 - 100,000
South Asian Art ( 26 October - 30 October, 2017 )
LOT NO.
23

Francis Newton Souza

Head
Winning Bid: $ 95,000
Estimate: US$ 80,000 - 120,000
South Asian Art ( 26 October - 30 October, 2017 )
LOT NO.
45

Francis Newton Souza

The Emir of Dubai
Winning Bid: $ 38,000
Estimate: US$ 40,000 - 60,000
South Asian Art ( 26 October - 30 October, 2017 )