(1925 – 2018), India

Krishna Reddy Biography

Krishna Reddy consistently experimented with form, technique and application. Initially trained in Tagore's Shantiniketan under the tutelage of the influential Ramkinkar Baij, Reddy moved to London in 1949 studying sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art in Henry Moore's class. Thereafter he spent over two decades in Paris, first at the studio of Ossip Zadkine and then eventually co-directing Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17, which was at the time (1960s), a thriving hub for stalwarts like Joan Miro, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, and Alberto Giacometti, with all of whom he closely worked. At Atelier 17, he developed and invented the process that he is most well-known for — simultaneous multicolour viscosity printing and broke new ground in intaglio printmaking.

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In collaboration with Hayter, Reddy developed a new technique in multi-colour printing by utilizing variable viscosities of the printing inks. He was able to control the viscosity of the inks by altering the oil consistency in each impression, thereby allowing the inks to occupy different depths without mixing with each other, a process never done before. Using a range of rollers, he pushed the inks to desired parts of the plate, making spectacular unique mono-prints, rich in their textural quality and dimensionality. Reddy constantly pushed the boundaries that were not only confined to the formal process of printmaking but a revolutionary way of thinking on how to develop a new form.

Through the 1960s Reddy travelled the world giving lectures and conducting workshops. After the Paris demonstrations of 1968, he began to spend more time in the US and finally moved to New York in 1976 as Director of Graphics & Printmaking in New York University and went on to teach until retirement dedicating his practice to pedagogy. Reddy's practice found sanctuary in experimentation with printmaking and sculpture in a lifelong pursuit to understand form.

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Radiating Flowers by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork print
Krishna Reddy Radiating Flowers, 1967 Multicolour viscosity print on paper
50.8 x 65.3 cm
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Untitled (Santiniketan) by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Krishna Reddy Untitled (Santiniketan), c. 1940s Watercolour on paper
35.5 x 21 cm
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Untitled (Seated Figure) by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork print
Krishna Reddy Untitled (Seated Figure), 1951 Etching with aquatint on paper
25.1 x 33.5 cm
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Landscape and figure by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork print
Krishna Reddy Landscape and figure, 1959 Etching with aquatint on paper
23.5 x 36.8 cm
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Untitled (Drawing 20) by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Krishna Reddy Untitled (Drawing 20), 1989 Pen on paper
16 x 12 inches
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Untitled (Drawing 45) by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Krishna Reddy Untitled (Drawing 45), 1970s Pencil on paper
14.5 x 21 inches
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Untitled (Drawing 89) by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Krishna Reddy Untitled (Drawing 89), 1950s Pencil on paper
18 x 12 inches
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Untitled (Drawing 93) by Krishna Reddy contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Krishna Reddy Untitled (Drawing 93), 1954 Pencil on paper
20 x 13 inches
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