Provenance : Property from an important collection based in Mumbai. Artwork was acquired by the present owner directly from the artist.
Height of the figure - 6ft
"I twist and turn, curve and straighten often without aim or result. Just an escape, an escapist thing into painting impulsively, compulsively, endlessly, tired, tirelessly, with or without joy," said artist Lancelot Ribeiro who was born in Bombay in 1933. In 1950, he moved to Britain to study accountancy but soon gave it up in favour of studying art at St. Martin's School of Art. He returned to India in 1955 to work with the LIC before taking up painting professionally three years later.
The first solo exhibition of Riberio’s work was held at Bombay Art Society Salon in 1960 which was sold out. It was during the same decade that the artist abandoned oil medium and started to experiment with Polyvinyl Acetates (PVAs) for its faster drying capacity and a broader range of colour options. In a career spanning half a century, Ribeiro created a large body of abstract and figurative works featuring surreal scenes including flying townscapes, skeleton trees, twisted houses, and pointed churches rendered with bold outlines and brilliantly vibrant colour tones. His oeuvre also included landscapes, still life, and portrait heads.
The Times of London acknowledged the work of the legendary artist in his obituary, terming him "an acclaimed Indian artist who pioneered the use of acrylics in the 1960s, producing a brilliancy of colour in his expressionistic works'.