Matthew Krishanu

Contemporary Masters from Britain, Yantai and Nanjing, China

September 1, 201711:06 am


Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century

Between 7th July and 30th December 2017, 80 works of art drawn from the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st century British Painting will go on display in 4 Chinese art museums for the very first time. The host institutions are the Yantai Art Museum, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin.

David Ainley,  Iain Andrews,  Amanda Ansell,  Louis Appleby,  Richard Baker,  Karl Bielik,  Claudia Böse,  Day Bowman,  John Brennan,  Julian Brown,  Simon Burton,  Marco Cali,  Ruth Calland,  Emma Cameron,  Simon Carter,  Jules Clarke,  Ben Cove,  Lucy Cox,  Andrew Crane,  Pen Dalton,  Jeffrey Dennis,  Lisa Denyer,  Sam Douglas,  Annabel Dover,  Natalie Dowse,  Fiona Eastwood,  Nathan Eastwood,  Wendy Elia,  Geraint Evans, Lucian Freud,  Paul Galyer, Pippa Gatty, Terry Greene,  Susan Gunn,  Susie Hamilton,  Alex Hanna,  David Hockney,  Marguerite Horner,  Barbara Howey,  Phil Illingworth, Linda Ingham,  Matthew Krishanu,  Bryan Lavelle,  Laura Leahy, Andrew Litten, Cathy Lomax,  Clementine McGaw,  Paula MacArthur,  Lee Maelzer,  David Manley,  Enzo Marra,  Monica Metsers,  Nicholas Middleton,  Andrew Munoz,  Keith Murdoch,  Paul Newman,  Stephen Newton,  Gideon Pain,  Andrew Parkinson,  Mandy Payne,  Charley Peters,  Ruth Philo,  Barbara Pierson,  Alison Pilkington,  Robert Priseman,  Freya Purdue,  Greg Rook,  Katherine Russell, Wendy Saunders,  Stephen Snoddy,  David Sullivan,  Harvey Taylor,  Ehryn Torrell, Delia Tournay-Godfrey,  Judith Tucker,  Julie Umerle , Mary Webb,  Rhonda Whitehead,  Sean Williams,  Fionn Wilson

The Immediacy of Paint: Surface Symposium, Friday 7 July 2017

July 6, 20178:18 pm

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The Immediacy of Paint: Surface symposium focuses on questioning how artists are currently exploring surface and the materiality of paint in contemporary art.

Immediacy of Paint: Surface is a one day event focused on how artists are currently exploring surface and the materiality of painting in the digital. This is the second symposium to be held at The University of Suffolk to include talks and a panel discussion presented by artists and academics. By bringing together artists, academics and art students in our region whose practice focus is on painting in the contemporary moment, the symposium explores the immediacy of paint through surface.

Special Guest Speaker
Glenn Brown, International Artist

Speakers include
Kim Anno, International Painter, Photographer, and Filmmaker/video Artist
Chris Hawtin, Artist
Dr. Matthew Bowman, Art critic and Lecturer at the University of Suffolk and Colchester School of Art
Shaun Camp, Chair, Artist and Leader Year 0 Pathways at Norwich University of Arts
Matthew Krishanu, Artist, Curator, Lecturer

Opening statements by Dr Lisa Wade, Head of the Department of Arts and Humanities at The University of Suffolk.

Closing statements by Matthew Krishanu

Followed by a drinks reception in The Waterfront Gallery 4:00 – 6:00 pm

The University of Suffolk
Waterfront Building WAD1
Neptune Quay

Registration begins at 8:45 am in the Waterfront Building foyer on 7 July 2017.

Tickets available at The University of Suffolk Online Shop – conferences and events.

Tickets include a light lunch.
General Admission £15
Student / Staff £10…/paint-symposium-general-ticket

Fused (summer 2017) interview by Matt Price

June 13, 20179:26 am




The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017

February 15, 20173:44 pm

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The ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017’ is now open for entries. For this year the artist selectors are​ Matthew Krishanu, Julian Brown, Nicholas Middleton and Cathy Lomax (winner of the 2016 Prize). They will select 12 artists who will form a group exhibition, with each selected​ painter showing 3 works. This 36 work group exhibition will take place at The Stables Gallery, Orleans House, Richmond Museum, London, between Thursday 24 August – Sunday 22 October 2017.

The Prize Winner selection panel judges for 2017 are: Elena Dranichnikova, founder of the Moscow Art Collectors’ Group (MACS) and founder of the Moscow School for Contemporary Art; Alice Herrick, artist, curator and owner of the Herrick Gallery, London; Jessica Litherland, visual arts producer, mac Birmingham; Stephen Snoddy, director, New Art Gallery, Walsall; Nicholas Usherwood, curator, art critic, writer on contemporary art and editor of Galleries Magazine.

The artist of the winning work will receive a solo exhibition at the Herrick Gallery, a critical essay on their practice by Nicholas Usherwood and a £2,000 purchase prize of their winning painting which will then enter the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

Kristian Day – Paper Cuts

December 16, 201610:46 am

I have work featured in Paper Cuts, curated by Kristian Day.  Works on paper by over 100 artists.

Saturday 17 December, 12 – 6pm, Unit I Gallery | Workshop Unit 1, 1 Bard Road, London W10 6TP


History and Painting, CAA, Shanghai, China

December 6, 20161:31 pm

‘Boy on a Rock’ 2015, features in an exhibition of British painters to accompany an international symposium on the theme of ‘History and Painting’ at the China Academy of Art, Shanghai, 1 – 7 January 2017.


Richard Baker, Claudia Boese, Julian Brown, Simon Burton, Simon Carter, Ben Coode-Adams, Andrew Crane, Annabel Dover, Pippa Gatty, Terry Greene, Susan Gunn, Alex Hanna, Matthew Krishanu, David Lock, Cathy Lomax, Nicholas Middleton, Michael Middleton, Andrew Munoz, Gideon Pain, Robert Priseman, James Quin, Bruer Tidman, Sean Williams

Curated by Robert Priseman

Expatriates (solo show)

October 12, 20161:22 pm

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Expatriates is a solo exhibition of paintings of English expatriates in India and Bangladesh. The portraits are shown alongside fragmentary landscapes that depict trees, overgrown ruins, and old missionary buildings. A colonial history of cultural power and exchange is evoked – represented in the poses the expatriates assume, the clothes (or costumes) they wear, and the buildings and scenery they inhabit.

Matthew Krishanu was born in Bradford, UK, and spent his childhood in Bangladesh.

Expatriates is the first of a series of solo shows programmed by Contemporary British Painting, an artist-led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting.

Preview: 6 – 8pm Wednesday 26 October 2016

Dates:  27 October to Saturday 05 November 2016

Opening Times:  Monday to Friday: 10am – 8pm, Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Sunday closed

Address: Westminster Reference Library (1st floor), 35 St Martin’s Street, London, WC2H 7HP

Matthew Krishanu (b. 1980) lives in London. He completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2009. Recent exhibitions include: Aviary, Transition Gallery (2016); Contemporary Drawings from China, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’an Province (2015); Another Country, The Nunnery (2014); Mission (solo), St Marylebone Crypt, London (2013); We Were Trying to Make Sense, 1Shanthiroad Gallery, Bangalore (2013).

The exhibition is curated with Anneka French.

Matthew Krishanu will be in conversation with writer and curator Hamja Ahsan at 3pm on Saturday 05 November 2016.

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Selected Works from the Priseman Seabrook Collection

July 1, 20167:58 pm

Francis Bacon | Julian Brown |Simon Burton | Simon Carter | Ben Cove | Nathan Eastwood | Tracey Emin | Lucian Freud | Terry Green | Susan Gunn | Susie Hamilton | Alex Hanna | David Hockney | Matthew Krishanu | Stephen Newton | Gideon Pain | Wendy Saunders | Colin Self

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A unique art collection dedicated to 21st century British Painting, the Priseman Seabrook Collection holds over 100 paintings produced by leading artists practicing in Britain today. It first went on museum display between November 2014 and March 2015 at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Read reviews in Artlyst, Creative Kirklees and The Yorkshire Art Journal.

Containing work of international significance, artists include European Sovereign Painters Prize winner Susan Gunn, East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, Academy awardee James Quin, John Player Portrait Award Winner Paula MacArthur, 54th Venice Biennale exhibitor Marguerite Horner, Griffin Art Prize exhibitor Matthew Krishanu, Colin Self and Tracey Emin as well as works on paper by Peter Blake, Graham Sutherland, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Alan Davie and David Hockney.

Buy a catalogue of the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting here, or download a free pdf catalogue here.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 14 May to Saturday 9 July 2016 at The Minories, Colchester
Open to the public and admission is free.

*Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne (lithograph), 1966; Ben Cove, Head Construct I, 2013; Matthew Krishanu, Girl on a Bed, 2007

Aviary – an exhibition of artworks of birds

April 2, 201610:23 am

Franki Austin | Sutapa Biswas | Adam Bottomley | Frances Cowdry | Annabel Dover | Nathan Eastwood | Jennifer Hooper | Matthew Krishanu | Mehrdad Rashidi | Alli Sharma | Alice Sielle | Susan Sluglett | Chiz Turnross | Rita White | Aubrey Williams | Rose Wylie

23 April – 21 May 2016

Preview – Friday 22 April 6-9pm

Gallery Open: Fri-Sat 12-6pm

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Aviary is an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and drawings of birds. The aim is to create an Aviary of artworks of birds that feel ‘alive’ (without necessarily being realistic looking). In a way the birds function as self-portraits (or familiars) for the artists: they are cultural signifiers as well as stand-ins for memories and emotional states.

The works come from a wide range of artists – canonical and outsider, contemporary and historical, and a broad sweep of nationalities and ages. Three of the artists in Aviary (Sutapa Biswas, Aubrey Williams and Rose Wylie) have works in the Tate collection.

Aubrey Williams’s Tick Bird belongs to a wider series of paintings of tropical birds – documenting the birds of Guyana (where Williams was born), the Caribbean and South America. Rose Wylie’s large drawing Acorn & Jay incorporates text, collage and paint to create a playful narrative of two halves.

Other works include Sutapa Biswas’s watercolour birds, Franki Austin’s glass work, paintings from Frances Cowdry, Nathan Eastwood, Jennifer Hooper, Matthew Krishanu, Alli Sharma and Chiz Turnross, porcelain bird sculptures by Annabel Dover, drawings and printing from Adam Bottomley, Mehrdad Rashidi, Alice Sielle and Rita White, and large scale drawing ‘scrolls’ by Susan Sluglett. 

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Aviary is co-curated by Matthew Krishanu and Niamh White

Matthew Krishanu is a painter based in London. He recently co-curated The London Painting Survey (2015), and has curated collaborative exhibitions for English Heritage, Iniva and RIBA.

Niamh White is an independent curator based in London. She is co founder of Hospital Rooms, which commissions contemporary art for mental health hospitals, curator of the Dentons Art Prize, and curator of The Pierrot Project.

Transition Gallery Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN

Studio Visit, Resonance FM: A curator round table featuring Helen Nisbet and Marie D’Elbée on Opensource; Matthew Krishanu and Niamh White on Aviary; and Hansi Momodu-Gordon and Orla Houston-Jibo on Future Assembly.  Presented by Morgan Quaintance.

Download here: Curator Round Table_Studio_Visit



Dentons Art Prize

February 18, 201610:39 am

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Spring/Summer 2016

Shortlisted artists:

Aimée Parrott, Alex Ball, Cara Nahaul, Charley Peters, Jörg Obergfell, Laurence Owen, Matthew Krishanu, Michael O’Reilly, Nengi Omuku, Robert Dowling, Sara Naim, Sif Nørskov, Tim A Shaw, Yukako Shibata


Susan Hiller, Artist
Simon Lee, Founder and Director of Simon Lee Gallery
Ziba Ardalan, Founder and Director of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Dentons is collaborating with Niamh White to host a biannual prize for the most exciting emerging contemporary artists.