Matthew Krishanu

Contemporary British Watercolours

September 18, 20159:51 pm

19 Sep — 7 Nov 2015 at Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery in Maidstone, United Kingdom

Krishanu, Matthew. Peacock

An exhibition of three original works from each of twenty-one contemporary painters who use watercolour as part of their practice, curated by Simon Carter.

This exhibition focuses on the work of a selection of contemporary British artists who have reputations for exhibiting paintings in a range of media. It charts contemporary activity and demonstrates how changing attitudes to painting in the 21st century have influenced the use of watercolour.

The exhibition provides a fascinating insight into how watercolour as a medium has evolved. While these artists share no overall artistic tendency, this survey gives a good sense of various strategies adopted in contemporary painting in both figurative and abstract approaches to subject matter and technique. The works shown here cover a wide technical range, demonstrating the versatility of the medium.

Exhibiting artists: David Ainley, Lucy Austin, Claudia Bose, Julian Brown, Simon Carter, Louise Cattrell, Roy Cleary, Andrew Crane, James Faure Walker, Susie Hamilton, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Mark Jay, Kelly Jayne, Matthew Krishanu, Hannah Maybank, James Quin, Melanie Russell, Julie Umerle, Jacqueline Utley and Steven Walker.

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery

St Faith’s Street, Maidstone
Kent ME14 1LH United Kingdom
Ph. +44 (0)16 22602838
Opening hours

Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm
Sunday from 12pm to 4pm

The exhibition will then tour to the Oriel Gallery, Antrim, N. Ireland in March 2016.

A catalogue is available: Contemporary British Watercolours.


London Painting Survey, ArtWorks Project Space

September 10, 20159:58 pm


Curated by artists Matthew Krishanu and David Sullivan, the concept is a simple one – ‘to explore with depth some of the best contemporary painting being made in London at this time, and then to present that to an art appreciating audience’.

David and Matthew agree that ‘it’s very difficult for a public with no formal training themselves to appreciate or even understand what painters are doing and why, what is worthwhile and what isn’t, what has value and what does not. So invariably people rely on what critics, the press, or galleries like to say, who usually are pushing some other agenda or financial interest. This is a show about painting, for the public and for other painters! – it’s not exhaustive but it is an excellent start”

The list of participating artists is an impressive one. Some have galleries, some do not, but here is an exhibition of artists who between them have exhibited in John Moores, The Threadneedle Prize, New Contemporaries, The Jerwood Prize, East London Painting Prize, Royal Academy Summer Show, BP Portrait Prize, and a host of other smaller painting shows. If you follow London gallery exhibitions that deal with painting, or have studied at art school in London, many of the names will already be familiar.

Participating Artists: Hannah Brown, Trevor Burgess, Simon Burton, Wayne Clough, Chris Daniels, Sam Douglas, Nathan Eastwood, Geraint Evans, Marguerite Horner, Matthew Krishanu, Lee Maelzer, Katrin Mäurich, Nicholas Middleton, Cara Nahaul, Charley Peters, James Ryan, David Sullivan, Marijke Vasey, Caroline Walker, William Wright

11th – 20th September,  ArtWorks Project Space, 114A Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6AA

Read a review of the London Painting Survey by Paul O’Kane.




London Painting Survey – The E List feature

September 8, 20156:01 am



The E List (September)