Chittoor, 1925 - 2018

Krishna Reddy

Born in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, Krishna Reddy studied art at Santiniketan from 1942-47, and headed the art section at Kalakshetra, Madras, from 1947-48. From 1949-57, he studied art in Europe, training in sculpture with Henry Moore, Ossip Zadkine and Mario Marini. He also had substantial and fruitful interactions with artists such as Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti, all of which profoundly influenced his work.

Ossip Zadkine introduced Reddy to S. W. Hayter, a formidable printmaker and founder of the influential print studio, Atelier-17, in Paris. It is here in the early Fifties where the most important developments in Reddy’s life as printmaker took place. Reddy pioneered the ‘colour viscosity process’ in which he etched a plate in acid or prepared with tools to form several layers. Intaglio ink is applied...

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Biography

Born in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, Krishna Reddy studied art at Santiniketan from 1942-47, and headed the art section at Kalakshetra, Madras, from 1947-48. From 1949-57, he studied art in Europe, training in sculpture with Henry Moore, Ossip Zadkine and Mario Marini. He also had substantial and fruitful interactions with artists such as Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti, all of which profoundly influenced his work.

Ossip Zadkine introduced Reddy to S. W. Hayter, a formidable printmaker and founder of the influential print studio, Atelier-17, in Paris. It is here in the early Fifties where the most important developments in Reddy’s life as printmaker took place. Reddy pioneered the ‘colour viscosity process’ in which he etched a plate in acid or prepared with tools to form several layers. Intaglio ink is applied by hand, and the remaining colours (with different viscosities) are prepared with oil, which are then rolled on the plate. Through his method, Reddy managed to attain a range of extraordinary colours on the plate, and each print an individual coloured image.

Reddy evolved his starkly abstract geometricism at Kalakshetra, where he formulated the ‘principle of essentials’. Expanded and honed through experimentation in Western forms, it has come to be his signature style.

Artworks

3

Clown and His Mask, 1979

RELATED CATEGORIES

Abstract Expression / Color viscosity Process / Europe / Image Production / India / Indian Art / Ink / Intaglio Ink / Medium / Mixed Media / Mixed Media on Paper / Paris / Pen / Viscosity on Paper / Watercolor

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1957

    Academia di Belle Arti de Brera, Milan

  • 1955

    S.W.Hayter's Atelier 17, International Centre for Graphics, Paris

  • Academie Grande Chaumiere, Paris

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1997

    Retrospective exhibition presented by Printmaking Council of New Jersey at Somerville, New Jersey, and the Widener Gallery at Trinity College, Hartford, Conneticut, USA (~ 1998)

  • 1990

    Clown Juggler, Kenkeleba Gallery, Japan

  • 1988

    Organized by the Institute of Fine Arts and the School of Fine Arts, University of Mexico at Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2016

    Workshop and Legacy: Stanley William Hayter, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • 2015

    Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York

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Education

  • 1957

    Academia di Belle Arti de Brera, Milan

  • 1955

    S.W.Hayter's Atelier 17, International Centre for Graphics, Paris

  • Academie Grande Chaumiere, Paris

  • 1952

    Slade School of Fine Arts, London

  • 1947

    Diploma in Fine Arts, Vishwa Bharti University, Santiniketan

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1997

    Retrospective exhibition presented by Printmaking Council of New Jersey at Somerville, New Jersey, and the Widener Gallery at Trinity College, Hartford, Conneticut, USA (~ 1998)

  • 1990

    Clown Juggler, Kenkeleba Gallery, Japan

  • 1988

    Organized by the Institute of Fine Arts and the School of Fine Arts, University of Mexico at Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico

  • 1984

    Retrospective, Bronx Museum of Arts, New York (~ 1985)

  • 1982

    New Ways of Simultaneous Color Printmaking, presented by the National Education Association, the New York State for Culture and the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Bronx Museum, New York

  • 1981

    Retrospective, Birla Academy of Art and Culture (BAAC), Kolkata

  • 1979

    Prints by Sculptors, Roy G.Biv Gallery, New York

  • 1977

    Gallery Weintraub, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2016

    Workshop and Legacy: Stanley William Hayter, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • 2015

    Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York

  • 2013

    Panoplism, Nature Morte, New Delhi

  • 2011

    Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2009

    Discerning Form, Aicon Gallery, New York (~ 2010)

  • 2008

    Modern India, organized by Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain

  • Moderns, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

  • Retrospective Exhibition, Three Master Printmakers: Lee Chesney, Krishna Reddy, and Ken Kerslake, Campus Center Gallery, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii

Grants & Awards

  • 2005

    Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA)

Collections

  • British Museum, London

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Albertine Museum, Vienna

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • MOMA, New York

  • Library of Congress, Washington D.C

  • Madison Art Center, Madison, USA

  • National Gallery, Washington D.C

  • Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, Paris.

  • National Gallery of Ottawa, Canada