A cross appears in each of the three paintings shown by Matthew Krishanu in The Kingfisher’s Wing, crowning Christian chapels that rise among the verdant greenery of rural Bangladesh, their stiff right angles contrasting with the organic curvature of the surrounding trees, and the liquid formlessness of a still blue lake. While there is an autobiographical element to these canvases (the son of a white British priest father and an Indian theologian mother, the artist lived in Bangladesh between the ages of one and twelve), they also speak to broader histories of political and spiritual colonialism. Looking at these images, we might wonder where the numinous truly resides: in the symbol of the cross, or in the unruly landscape it seeks to sequence and dominate?


Krishanu received his MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London (UK), in 2009. Recent group exhibitions include Prophecy, at the Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK (2022) and Mixing it Up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2021).


Selected collections: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham (UK); Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London (UK); Central Saint Martins (UAL), London (UK); China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou (CN); Croydon Higher Education College, London (UK); Government Art Collection (UK); Huddersfield Art Gallery (UK); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (UK); Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing (CN); Kiran Nadar Art Museum, New Delhi (IN); Komechak Art Gallery, Chicago (US); Priseman Seabrook Collection (UK); Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London (UK); Tianjin Academy of Art (CN); Yantai Art Museum (CN).

Recent solo exhibitions: Undercurrents, LGDR, New York, NY, US (2002); Arrow and Pulpit, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, DE (2021); Picture Plane, Niru Ratnam Gallery, London, UK (2020) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2019).

Matthew Krishanu participates in the exhibition The Kingfisher's Wing, July 21 - August 19, 2022. For more information about the artist please visit Tanya Leighton and Jhaveri Contemporary.