Girl on a Bed 2007, Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 65 cm
Matthew Krishanu was born in Bradford in 1980 and lives and works in London. Matthew's paintings and drawings are often of solitary figures, self-consciously posed and contemplative, with a sense of interior life. Narratives are created by placing them within sparse interiors, with objects that act like props - creating a character or setting a scene.
Group exhibitions include Let Me Tell You - Creative Connections, Whitechapel Gallery (2008), Creekside Open X 2, selected by Victoria Miro, APT Gallery (2007), Creative Connections - A Year in the Life, Whitechapel Gallery (2007), and shows at Seven Seven, Nunnery Gallery and Lewisham Arthouse (2007).
Matthew Krishanu devised and led the collaborative project The Mausoleum of Lost Objects at Iniva (2008). The project resulted in an exhibition at Iniva, inspired by objects that people have lost or had stolen. The art works commemorated and celebrated the missing objects, and the stories behind their disappearance.
Other participatory projects include working as artist facilitator with English Heritage's Hidden Histories project since 2006, and as Exhibition Organiser for the RIBA Trust / Artsinform exhibition Architects in Residence: King's Cross at RIBA (2006).