34 x 41.5cm
Digital pigment print on to Hahnemüehle Photo Rag 308gsm paper
Edition of 40, signed and numbered
About the work
Matthew Krishanu has created Girl on a Bed, 2023 especially for Whitechapel Gallery to accompany Life Is More Important Than Art, 14 June - 3 September 2023.
Krishanu’s edition for Whitechapel Gallery is a reproduction of a painting, from a series entitled In Sickness and in Health, 2007 - 2022. Girl on a Bed, painted in 2007, is part of this group of 12 intimate paintings, small in scale, that chart a woman’s life journey through marriage, childbirth, motherhood and dying. The works were made by the artist over the course of more than a decade spent together with the writer Uschi Gatward before her untimely death from cancer in late 2021. The paintings bring together interwoven personal histories with entangled histories of painting - from Gwen John and Edward Hopper to Frida Kahlo and Indian miniature painting.
About the artist
Matthew Krishanu‘s (b.1980, UK) paintings explore topics including childhood, race, religion, grief, and the legacies of empire.
Group exhibitions include: Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2023); Prophecy, Mead Gallery, Coventry (2022); Mixing It Up: Painting Today’, Hayward Gallery, London (2021); ‘Coventry Biennial’, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum (2021). Recent solo exhibitions: ‘Playground’, Niru Ratnam, London (2022); ‘Undercurrents’, LGDR, New York (2022); ‘Arrow and Pulpit’, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2021); ‘House of Crows’, Matt’s Gallery, London (2019); ‘The Sun Never Sets’, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, (2019). Collections include: the Arts Council Collection; Government Art Collection; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; Huddersfield Art Gallery; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.
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