( Born in 1967, Kerala, S. India )
After completing his MFA in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda, Rajan Krishnan made a conscious decision to return to his natal state of Kerala to further hone his painterly practice. Krishnan’s work bears a direct connection to his locality and his canvasses often reveal an intense interest in the dialogical possibilities of painting. In keeping with this, for nearly a decade, he has actively explored the relationships between history and memory, the natural and the human-made environment, and the collective and the individual. His post-apocalyptic canvases of 2006-2009 tended to cloak decayed landscapes and fragmented land forms in an earthy palette to create visual cautionary tales about the dangers of unbridled development but, since 2010, he has abandoned the sombre in favour of the spectacular. Although his recent work continues to explore dualistic possibilities, he has now set his sight upon pitting the general against the specific in mammoth-scale studies of singular objects. Defying the typical methodologies of large scale paintings in which the broad strokes of the brush typically efface the finer details, Krishnan holds tight to the discrete elements, as a means by which to call into question both the logic of vision and our understanding of large scale representational practices.
To date his major shows include ANCESTRY, Aicon Gallery, New York (2011), THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK : INDIAN ART TODAY, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), THE SILK ROAD, New Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern Art, from the Saatchi Gallery London, at Lille3000, France (2010), ORE / SUBSTANCES OF EARTH – I, Bodhi Space, Mumbai (2008), RE-VISIT, OED Basement, Kochi (2008), MEMOIR, Bodhi Art, New York (2007), INDIA MAXIMUM CITY, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris (2007), EMBRYO, Bodhi Art Singapore (2006), ENROUTE, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006), LITTLE BLACK DRAWINGS, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi (2004) besides many group shows and art fairs in India and abroad. He has curated MAKING ART – LET IT HAPPEN (2009) and EARTH (2010). Rajan Krishnan lives and works in Kochi.