Matthew Krishanu creates paintings from memory and photographs – re-imagining scenes through editing, simplifying and layering. He is interested in how painting the past (whether personal or historical) involves constructing narratives and compositions that might either draw in the viewer or keep them at bay. He completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2009 and has exhibited widely.
Matthew has been artist in residence with Whitechapel Gallery, Gasworks, and Bow Arts. He has run workshops for children with Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, The British Council and English Heritage. He is a visiting lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and teaches at Camden Arts Centre and The Courtauld
Matthew’s Q & A
What do you like?
Painting in my studio, spending time with family, eating and sleeping.
What don’t you like?
Not having enough time to do all the things I like.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Making paintings you love then showing them to people (who sometimes also love them).
If you could have any artwork in your house, what would it be?
An Egyptian ‘Fayum’ portrait from over 2000 years ago.
Woman from er-Rubayat. Fayum. c.161-192 CE. Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Matthew’s work www.matthewkrishanu.com
Matthew’s Work for Children’s Art School
Matthew will run our Summer painting course
Course 1: Thursday and Friday 16 and 17 July
Course 2: Tuesday and Wednesday 21st and 22nd July
Working on a large and small scale outdoors on paper, card and calico, children will explore a full range of painting processes – thin and runny or thick and gloopy, mixing paint with mud, twigs and leaves, and exploring gestures, surfaces and textures. Using the park as our starting point we’ll paint nature, display and photograph our work around the park, and have opportunities to work singly and collaboratively.