Painting Mission - Camden Art Centre

Matthew Krishanu in conversation with Allie Biswas

Matthew Krishanu will be in conversation with writer and editor, Allie Biswas about his Mission, Holy Family, and House of God painting series.



Allie Biswas is a writer and editor. She was born in Scarborough, England, and studied at King’s College London and Birkbeck, University of London. In 2021, she coedited The “Soul of a Nation” Reader: Writings by and about Black American Artists, 1960–1980. Between 2015 and 2019, Biswas published long-form interviews in the Brooklyn Rail with artists including Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Meleko Mokgosi, Zanele Muholi, Adam Pendleton, and Wolfgang Tillmans. Most recently, she has written profiles on Garrett Bradley, Lubna Chowdhury, and Theaster Gates for frieze and contributed texts to Portia Zvavahera (David Zwirner), Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art (Hayward Gallery), Frank Bowling: Sculpture (Ridinghouse), and With the End in Mind: Reginald Sylvester II (InOtherWords). Forthcoming publications include a catalogue of the United States Embassy’s art collection in London. 

Matthew Krishanu (b.1980) was born in Bradford and is based in London. He completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include On a Limb, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2023); 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); A Murder of Crows, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019); The Sun Never Sets, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham (2019) and Huddersfield Art Gallery (2018). Recent group exhibitions include Beyond the Page; Milton Keynes Gallery (2023) and The Box, Plymouth (2024); Life is More Important than Art, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2023); Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2023); The Kingfisher’s Wing, GRIMM, New York (2022); Prophecy, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre (2022); Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London (2021); Coventry Biennial, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (2021); Everyday Heroes, Hayward Gallery/Southbank Centre (2020); A Rich Tapestry, Ikon, Lahore Biennale (2020); and Childhood Now, Compton Verney (2019).