We are delighted to announce that the Ben Uri Gallery has acquired two oil paintings by Lancelot Ribeiro. The first, a 1962 Untitled Townscape, features on the cover of David Buckman's 'Lancelot Ribeiro: An Artist in India and Europe':
Their sharp-edged forms in jewel-like colours are reminiscent of both the stained glass that he would have observed in churches during his Catholic upbringing, and also reminiscent of the technique of collage... (Ben Uri Gallery, 2022)
The second painting, King Lear, 1964, is an oil on canvas and was first exhibited at Ribeiro's 1965 solo exhibition at the Everyman Foyer Gallery in Hampstead.
Ribeiro’s bold image of King Lear – his spiky crown reminiscent of Christ’s crown of thorns but also echoing the sharp-edged architectural forms in the artist's early townscapes – relates both to Shakespeare’s troubled king and to the Christian imagery that peopled Ribeiro’s early work... (Ben Uri Gallery, 2022)
Both works will feature in Ben Uri's upcoming spring 2022 exhibition 'Fresh Paint: New Acquisitions and Long-Term Loans'.