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`Souza in the 40's' - an exhibition of works by FN Souza opening at Sunaparanta 16 Dec '18

Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts in collaboration with Saffronart and Grosvenor Gallery is delighted to announce a landmark exhibition of works by Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002) titled `SOUZA in the 40s’ on Sunday, 16th December 2018

The exhibition will be taking place simultaneously across the three galleries: Grosvenor Gallery in London (14 December 2018 – 25 January 2019), Sunaparanta, Goa (17 December 2018 - 5 March 2019) and Saffronart in New Delhi (19 December 2018 - 18 January 2019) and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and informative text about this little known but very significant period of Souza’s early artistic career.

Francis Newton Souza was born in Saligao, Goa and joined the J.J. School of Art in 1940 after being expelled from St Xavier’s College for truancy and doing pornographic drawings in the toilets. He did not last long at the J.J. School of Art either and was again expelled in 1945 by Charles Gerrard the British principal, as Souza and his friends had taken down the Union Jack and started a riot. By then Souza was a member of the Quit India Movement and about to join the banned communist party. The movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi for Satyagraha(Independence). The movement was accompanied by a mass protest on non-violent lines, in which Gandhi called for an orderly British withdrawal from India.