Matthew Krishanu

IN THE CITY, Lion & Lamb gallery, London

August 4, 20143:12 pm




Trevor Burgess | Mark Crofton Bell | Stephen Carter | Aida Rubio Gonzalez | Marguerite Horner | Matthew Krishanu | Lee Maelzer | Jock McFadyen | Tanmoy Samanta

curated by Trevor Burgess
with a catalogue introduction by Robert Harbison

20th September – 11th October 2014

Opening: Friday 19th September 6.30pm
Press Preview: at 5.30pm
Talk: Saturday 11th October at 5pm chaired by Peter Ashton Jones

IN THE CITY is an exhibition of contemporary painters whose work explores the experience of living in a city.

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities. Conceived in London, the exhibition includes works reflecting on cities in the United States and Canada, Latin America and the Indian subcontinent.

The exhibition asserts the continuing resourcefulness of painting as a medium that is capable of complex representations of the contemporary world. It includes images that transcend specifics of place: images of urban spaces recuperated or assembled from memories, photography, the media and the mind of the artist.

IN THE CITY is curated by Trevor Burgess, whose work has for many years been rooted in his everyday experience of living in London. In selecting artists for this show, he sought out painters for whom lived experience of social existence in a city was a primary element contributing to their picture-making.

Paintings in the exhibition range from Marguerite Horner’s glimpsed views of suburban streets in the United States to Matthew Krishanu’s paintings of the city rooftops of Bangladesh; from Aida Rubio Gonzales’ image of a liquor store in a Latin American city to Lee Maelzer’s paintings of urban detritus in London. Jock McFadyen contributes work from a new series of paintings of Car Parks. Tanmoy Samanta’s paintings distil poetic essences from mundane experience of his life in the city of New Delhi. Newspapers and the media provide source material for Trevor Burgess, Mark Crofton Bell and Stephen Carter each to explore different aspects of their everyday visual experience of urban life.

An exhibition catalogue will be available, with an introductory essay by Robert Harbison, lecturer in architecture and author of “Eccentric Spaces”, whose hybrid writings reflect his wide-ranging interests in place, artefacts, history and the imagination.

Lion and Lamb, 46 Fanshaw Street, Hoxton, London N1 6LG
Open: Mon – Fri 1-11, Sat 12-11, Sun 3-10
Directors: Peter Ashton Jones, Juan Bolivar, Caterina Lewis, Katrina Blannin

Home, Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax

7:15 am

Home install shot


Crossley Gallery
June 7th to September 7th 2014

Featuring work by: Sue Williams, Katherine RussellJames RiellyMatthew Krishanu, Kelly Jayne, Shani Rhys-James MBE, Andrew Crane, Ingrid Christie.

What is a home and why do we seek it? Most people associate ‘home’ with a locale and a sense of security – but as art psychotherapist (and curator) Kelly Jayne points out, home is “a place within our selves”. This exceptional show invites a group of leading mid-career artists from around the UK to consider the nature of home – be it in political, emotional or psychological terms. The outcome ranges from the huge, celebrated portraits of Shani Rhys James; or the equally large, socially-charged work of Sue Williams – to the arresting quietude of Matthew Krishanu’s figures, or the disquieting humour of James Rielly’s video animation.

Open 10am – 5pm | Monday – Sunday

Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX