Behind The Frame

K. R. Santhana Krishnan

K. R. Santhana Krishnan

As a typical south Indian artist from Kumbakonam, Santhana Krishnan believes in treasuring the heritage and culture that his 0ancestors built. What speaks more about our culture and heritage than the adobe that we live in, he asks. The home speaks about the past, present and future of a family and the most vital aspect to any home is the front door. His work revolves around this entrance. He paints wooden, soot-covered, kumkum and turmeric marking covered doors because they fascinate him more in comparison to the modern state of the art technology-driven doors. He believes that each door has a story to narrate, and there will always be people interested in that story.

“Some of my doors open into an interior with tulsitharas in the inner courtyards and some of my closed doors with a huge lock show faded house numbers and painted advertisements. Through this, I wish to depict the lives of the people living behind these doors. Most of my doors are not from urbanized cities but from the rural homes that I grew up watching every day. I know and believe that a door speaks volumes. It can either be kept wide open, inviting you in or it can be closed and keep a million secrets locked up. All it takes is a door to say the words a man cannot.”


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1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam

2000 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai



2013 Duvaar, Shrishti art gallery, Hyderabad

2012 Traveling Doors, Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore

2011 (Re) Creating authenticity, Focus Art Gallery, Chennai

2010 Art Singapore 2010 Suntec city, Singapore

2008 Open Doors Artsmartagallery, Trivandrum

2008 Beyond the threshold, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai

2006 The Doors focus gallery, Chennai

2002 Doors of India Manasthala Art Gallery, Chennai



2015 “Indian Artist Show”, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2015 “Art is in the Air”, Gallery of Light Ductac, Dubai

2015 “Art Aesthetics & Utility”, Gallery Space, Hyderabad

2014 “Across The Border”, Asia House, London

2014 “India Art Month Show”, Art Hub, Abu Dhabi

2013 “Ethnic concurrence”, Asian Art Gallery, Boston. United States

2013 ART FOR LIFE-3, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

2008 Indian art in Capital art centre, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Mauritius

2012 Bold & Beautiful, Artzest Gallery, Dubai

2011 "Remembering Husain", Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore

2010 Art aids Show in Park Sheraton, Chennai & Muse art gallery, Marriott, Hyderabad

2010 Art Bengaluru Contemporary Art Festival, UB City, Bangalore

2009 SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore

2009 Shrishti Art Gallery, Calicut

2008 Indian art in Capital art centre, Taipei, Taiwan

2008 Enduring images, Athreyaa art gallery, Chennai

2007 Hues of south, Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath, Bangalore

2007 Hues of south, Vinnyasa Art Gallery, Chennai

2006 Hues of south show in a museum gallery, Mumbai

2002 Mamallapuram Group Show in Manasthala Art Gallery, Chennai

2000 Russian Cultural Centre, Chennai

1999 Thuriga - III Chitram Art Gallery, Cochin

1999 Thuriga - III Chitram Art Gallery, Cochin

1999 M.F.A Students shows, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

1998 Thuriga - I search through medium, Kumbakonam

1998 Thuriga - II Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath Art Gallery, Bangalore

1997 Futurist, Karnataka Chithrakala Parishat, Bangalore

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