Rajan Krishnan Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Rajan Krishnan
Substances Of Earth


Acrylic on Canvas

274 x 366 cm

Rajan Krishnan’s painted works depict a reclaimed earth after humanity has abandoned it. His series of paintings pay attention to the changing landscape, as man-made settings are occupied and then deserted in the pursuit of something better. Krishnan’s Substances of Earth is a colossal acrylic painting that offers a dull palette and stylised forms. Recalling part of the grand-canyon, the detail shows a vast landmark taken over by animated insects. The surface appears overwhelmed by these creatures covering the landscape. Boulders of rock appear to resemble a carcass laid out on the face of the mountain.

Rajan Krishnan's Biography

Rajan Krishnan
Born in 1967, Kerala
Lives and works in Kochi, Kerala


Four Paintings, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai

RE-VISIT, OED Basement, Kochi
Ore / Substances of Earth-I, Bodhi Space, Mumbai

Memoir, Bodhi Art, New York

Art Singapore 2006, Bodhi Art , Singapore
Enroute, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai

Little Black Drawings, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi


Space-Untitled, David Hall, Kochi
Art Chennai, Gallery OED, Kochi
Art Dubai, Aicon Gallery, London
India Art Summit, Delhi

The Silk Road, Saatchi Gallery, Lille (Lille 3000), France
Earth, Gallery OED at Indigo and Labernum Galleries, Chennai
Earth, Gallery OED, Kochi
Alt+Refresh, Pigment Art, Delhi
Who has seen Gandhi, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
Creating CommonWealth, Gallery Ragini, Delhi
Nature Revisited, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London

Vicissitudes of the Constructed Images, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
Evidentia, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
RE-CLAIM / RE-CITE / RE-CYCLE, Latitude 28, New Delhi & Bose Pacia, Kolkata
Group Show, Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi
Group Show, Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata
Group Show, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Group Show, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram
Facets of A People, Gallery OED, Kochi
Metamorphosis – Change and Continuity in Indian Contemporary Art, Phyllis Weston Annie Bolling Gallery, Cincinnati, USA
The Hot Shots, The Viewing Room, Mumbai

Works by Various Artists, Bodhi Art, New York
Video Wednesday, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
The Drawing Show, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Keep Drawing, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Triva 2008, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram
Art Beat, The Shrine Gallery, New Delhi
Hong Kong International Art Fair, Bombay Art Gallery
Art Chicago, Bodhi Art
Art Cologne, Italy, Bodhi Art

Kashi – 10 Light Years, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
Representation, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram
Gulf Art Fair, Dubai, Bodhi Art

A Compensation for what has been lost, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi
Take Two - The Chennai Chapter' Group Show, Gallery Sumukha
Real, mattersofart.com, New Delhi
Summer Rites, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Group show, Open Eyed Dreams, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi
Four by Four, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
Group show, Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad
Group show, Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong, presented by Gallery Sumukha

New Colours of Sumukha, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
Double Enders, at Jehangir Art Gallery & Museum Gallery, Mumbai, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, and Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi

Remembering Bhupen, Kashi Art Café, Fort Kochi
Regional Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Chennai

Monsoon Show, Daira Centre for Art & Culture, Hyderabad
Tree Festival, Kashi Art Cafe, Fort Kochi
An Album of Drawings, Draavidia, Fort Kochi
Cross Currents, Daira Centre for Art & Culture, Hyderabad

Annual show, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi

Chingamela, Kerala Kalapeetom, Kochi

An Album of Drawings and Paintings, Draavidia Gallery, Kochi

Substances on Black Moon, Galleria Mareechika, Kochi
Miniature Format Show, Gallery Sans Tache, Mumbai

Gift for India, SAHMAT, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi