Matthew Krishanu: Expatriates

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, On the Other Side, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180cm, 2016

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.


Matthew Krishanu, Black and Gold sari, oil on canvas, 35 x 20cm, 2016

Dates:  Thursday 27 October to Saturday 05 November 2016

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

Address:  Westminster Art Library (first 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 & curator Hamja Ahsan on Saturday 5 November 2016.