March 2019

Childhood Now (Chantal Joffe, Matthew Krishanu and Mark Fairnington), Compton Verney, 2019

Saturday 16 March — Sunday 16 June 2019

Swimming Pool, 2018, oil on canvas, 60 x 75cm (photo: Peter Mallet)

Children have long fascinated artists and have been captured in images ranging from formal portraits to humorous genre scenes and intensely personal family sketches.

These diverse works will be the subject of two exhibitions at Compton Verney from 16 March – 16 June 2019. Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud will present a survey of some of the most iconic paintings of children produced over the past 500 years, with sections devoted to the royal portrait, play and learning, and the fantasy and reality of children’s lives. Childhood Now will explore contemporary representations of children in the work of the painters Chantal Joffe, Matthew Krishanu and Mark Fairnington.

Ticketed: Compton Verney

January 2019

Too Cute! (curated by Rachel Maclean), Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 2019

26 January 2019 — 12 May 2019

Too Cute! Sweet is about to get Sinister
An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition

Boy and Mask, 2017, oil on canvas, 70 x 55cm, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London (photo: Peter Mallet)

Artist and filmmaker Rachel Maclean examines the world of cuteness by curating works from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s collection to reveal how objects and images can have the unique ability to be simultaneously sweet and sinister.

Too Cute! presents a range of artworks that show different takes on cuteness. The works in the exhibition range vastly in age and intention, moving from contemporary based issues to 19th-century oil paintings. Maclean’s fascination is with the illusive moment where cute objects slip into their opposite and instead of inspiring care, insight fear and disgust.

Too Cute! Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

January 2019

The Sun Never Sets (solo), MAC, Birmingham, 2019

Saturday 12 January 2019 — Sunday 10 March 2019

The Sun Never Sets, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

London-based painter Matthew Krishanu takes inspiration from his childhood spent in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to produce his dream-like, reflective paintings.

Matthew’s British father and Indian mother completed theological training in Birmingham, then relocated their family to Dhaka in the early 1980s, working for the Church of Bangladesh. His work explores his eleven years living in Bangladesh, while capturing his distinctive bond with his brother. His paintings explore the childhood gaze of the boys, depicting experiences of an atmospheric yet complex world of expatriates, missionaries and expansive landscapes.

Matthew Krishanu says: “I want the viewer to sense the complications: that the scenes depicted are not always ones of innocence, that there are historical and cultural currents at play, and that the childhood world is easily punctured by adult constructions and beliefs.”

Jenni Lomax (former director of Camden Arts Centre) writes in her introduction to the exhibition catalogue: “Autobiography plays some part in all Krishanu’s work, whether populated by figures or uninhabited like his landscapes. However, his paintings are given a deliberate edge of uncertainty that folds reality in with the collapsing of time.”

The show includes two paintings recently acquired by the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London.

Join us to celebrate the launch of ‘The Sun Never Sets’ at the opening event on Saturday 19 January from 2pm - 4pm, where you can see the work and meet artist Matthew Krishanu.

There will also be an Artist Talk and Tour on Thursday 21 February from 6pm-7.30pm in the gallery – a chance to join artist Matthew and MAC Visual Arts Producer Jess Litherland for a private evening tour of ‘The Sun Never Sets’.

An associated exhibition, ‘Matthew Krishanu: A Murder of Crows’, is showing throughout the Ikon Gallery building during the run of ‘The Sun Never Sets’.

A catalogue is available to buy featuring texts by Jenni Lomax and Ruxmini Choudhury (assistant curator at Dhaka Art Summit).

The Sun Never Sets, Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

January 2019

Matthew Krishanu — A Murder of Crows, Ikon Gallery, 2019

Tuesday 8 January — Sunday 10 March 2019

Crow (pink and green), 2016, oil on board, 20 x 15cm

Dozens of Matthew Krishanu’s painted crows will be displayed throughout Ikon’s neo-gothic premises. Always painted singly and never in flight they appear almost anthropomorphic on their twin legs, whether looking directly at the viewer or stepping away.

Mischievous, malevolent and sometimes comical, Krishanu’s birds are partly inspired by crows in art and literature; for example, ‘Crow’ by Ted Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe’s raven, or the mythical crows of trickster tales. Inspired by bird watching in England, they are also signifiers of Krishanu’s childhood in Bangladesh where crows were always close by, cawing in trees or pecking at rubbish dumps.

The exhibition coincides with Matthew Krishanu’s exhibition The Sun Never Sets at MAC Birmingham (12 January – 10 March 2019)

Opening event: Saturday 19 January 5 - 7pm.

A Murder of Crows, Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

July 2018

John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2018

14 July — 18 November 2018

Mission School, 2017, oil on canvas, 150 x 200cm (photo: Peter Mallet)

This is the UK’s longest-established painting prize, founded in 1957, and open to all UK-based artists working with paint.

The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, forming a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial. 2018 will mark the prize’s 60th anniversary and its 30th exhibition. Although the appearance of each exhibition changes, the principles remain constant: to support artists and to bring to Liverpool the best contemporary painting from across the UK.

This year’s entries deal with a range of subjects from Amazon parcel collection lockers to da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Materials as diverse as aluminium, cardboard and compostable food recycling bags have replaced canvas for some artists, and found objects, coins and felt tip used in addition to paint.

Past winners of the art prize include David Hockney (1967), Mary Martin (1969), Peter Doig (1993), Keith Coventry (2010), Sarah Pickstone (2012) and Rose Wylie (2014). The winner of the prestigious first prize in 2016 was Michael Simpson with his painting Squint.

July 2018

In the City, East Gallery, Norwich; Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, 2018

Tuesday 24 July — Saturday 1 September 2018: East GalleryNUA, Norwich

7 September — 24 October: Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London

Crowd, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 120 x 200cm (photo: Peter Mallet)

In the City brings together dynamic work by nine established painters working with imagery of the city and ideas around urban space in locations ranging from the UK, Canada, and the USA to Bangladesh, Myanmar, and India.

Trevor Burgess, Stephen Carter, Mark Crofton Bell, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Matthew Krishanu, Lee Maelzer, Jock McFadyen, Tanmoy Samanta

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities and artists have long represented city life in their work, from the painters of Dutch street scenes and interiors, to twentieth century British artists such as Bomberg and Sickert.

In this exhibition, the ever-changing contemporary urban environment is captured through the practice of painting, transforming and combining source material from different media such as photographs, images from newspapers, the internet as well as drawings and sketches.

The exhibition’s international scope registers the impact of global mobility and communications on artists’ sense of place. The artists give us oblique glimpses of their experience of different urban environments across three continents: Toronto and New York, Bangladesh and India, the UK and France, conveying real, imagined and remembered spaces. Commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and the natural world are all represented, as are the inhabitants of the modern city.

The exhibition includes a display of preparatory material that offers an insight into the artists’ working methods.

June 2018

Matthew Krishanu — The Sun Never Sets, Huddersfield Art Gallery, 2018

Saturday 23 June 2018 — Saturday 15 September 2018

Matthew Krishanu — The Sun Never Sets (installation view), Huddersfield Art Gallery (photo: Olivia Hemingway)

The Sun Never Sets is London-based artist Matthew Krishanu’s first solo show in a public-funded gallery. The exhibition brings together over 30 paintings, including ten large-scale works, exploring figuration, place, and memory. The works centre on two boys (the artist and his brother) growing up in Bangladesh, and their experience of a complex world that includes expatriates, missionaries, and expansive landscapes.

Matthew Krishanu says: “I want the viewer to sense the complications: that the scenes depicted are not always ones of innocence, that there are historical and cultural currents at play, and that the childhood world is easily punctured by adult constructions and beliefs.”

The show includes four paintings recently acquired by the Arts Council Collection, to be exhibited together for the first time. Skeleton (2014) depicts two boys standing with the bones of a cow, which is missing its forelegs – its skeleton was washed up on the banks of a river, during the severe floods in Bangladesh in 1988. In Boy and Mask (2017), a boy stands in front of a tiger’s mask – the mask seems animated or alive, while the boy has closed eyes. Ordination (2017) portrays a church scene (part of the artist’s ‘Mission’ series of works) in which a new priest is being ordained. In Girl with Book (2012), a person sits alone on a bed, an open book behind her. Questions of costume, symbol and status are raised in all these paintings – whether of adults seen performing ceremonial roles, or children posing in shorts and t-shirts.

The Sun Never Sets is accompanied by a free publication with a text by independent writer and curator Matt Price.

Matthew Krishanu – The Sun Never Sets (installation view), Huddersfield Art Gallery (photo: Olivia Hemingway)

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm

Address: Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU

Panel discussion: Painting – People and Places, Saturday 21st July 1.30 – 3pm

Lindsey Bull, Matthew Krishanu, Cara Nahaul, Narbi Price, Judith Tucker (chair)

Closing event: Matthew Krishanu in conversation with Amanprit Sandhu, Saturday 15 September 2 – 3pm

Free – all welcome

The Sun Never Sets is supported by funding from Arts Council England

April 2018

Arts Council Collection acquires four paintings

The Arts Council Collection is the UK’s largest national loan collection of modern and contemporary art. 47 works by 25 artists were acquired for the nation in 2017-18.

Recommendations to purchase innovative works of art that reflect artistic practice in Britain today are made by a changing group of external advisors to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee. For 2017-18 they were: Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Anthea Hamilton, artist; Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol and Morgan Quaintance, writer and curator. The chair of the Acquisitions Committee for 2017-18 was Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate Galleries. The three permanent members of the acquisitions committee are: Jill Constantine, Director, Arts Council Collection; Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England; and Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London.

July 2017

Contemporary Masters from Britain, Yantai Art Museum; Artall Gallery & Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing; Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin, 2017 - 2018

Between 7th July and 10th January 2018, 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

July 2017

The Immediacy of Paint: Surface Symposium

Friday 7 July 2017

Works by Matthew Krishanu, Chris Hawtin and Glenn Brown

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.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

October 2016

Matthew Krishanu — Expatriates, Westminster Reference Library, London, 2016

27 October — Saturday 05 November 2016

Magenta Sari, 2016, oil on canvas, 35 x 25cm (photo: Peter Mallet)

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 — 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 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.

May 2016

Selected Works from the Priseman Seabrook Collection, The Minories, Colchester, 2016

Saturday 14 May — Saturday 9 July 2016

Girl with Book, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40cm

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.

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.

Download the 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)

April 2016

Aviary, Transition Gallery, London, 2016

23 April — 21 May 2016

Rose Wylie, Acorn and Jay, 2009, watercolour and collage on paper, 84 x 118cm

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

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.

Aubrey Williams, Tick Bird, 1979, oil on canvas, 460 x 610cm

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

December 2015

Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi’an Province, China, 2015

42 of my works on paper will be showing as part of Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Xi’an Province, China, 1 — 6 December 2015.

Michael Ajerman | Gemma Anderson | Adam Bainbridge | Karl Bielik | Phoebe Boswell | Jessie Brennan | James Brooks | Julian Brown | Matthew Burrows | Simon Burton | Marco Cali | Gary Colclough | Jane Dixon | Susannah Douglas | Geraint Evans | Luci Eyers | Jonathan Farr | Lucian Freud | Joy Gerrard | Thomas Gosebruch | Ross Hansen | Lesley Hicks | David Hockney | Olivia Jones | Matthew Krishanu | Catherine Linton | Cathy Lomax | Steven Lowery | Alan Magee | Mark Melvin | Paul Newman | Simon Parish | Robert Priseman | Jo Stockham | Marianne Walker | Rose Wylie | Mary Yacoob