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Krishna Reddy

(1925 - 2018) Born in 1925 in Nandanoor, Andra Pradesh, Reddy is an Indian printmaker, sculptor and teacher. He is considered a master intaglio printer and known for viscosity printing. Reddy studied at Visva-Bharati University's Kala Bhavana (Institute of Fine Arts) with Nandalal Bose, from 1941 to 1946, and graduated with a degree in fine arts. From 1947–1949, Reddy was head of the art section at Kalakshetra Foundation and was also teaching art at the Montessori Teachers’ Training Centre in Madras. He took interest in sculpture and painting during this time in his studies. In 1949 he moved to London, and continued his sculpture studies with Henry Moore at the Slade School of Fine Arts, which is part of the University of London. In 1950, Reddy moved to Paris and met artist Constantin Brâncu?i and through him, he is introduced to cafe discussions on art and meets many famous artists during studio visits. It was here in Paris that he studied sculpture under Ossip Zadkine and is introduced to Stanley William Hayter in order to study engraving. In 1957, he later travelled to study with Marino Marini at Academia Di Belle Arti Di Brera (Brera Academy) in Milan. Reddy's technique and style have distinguished him as an important printmaker. Reddy's prints are abstract, created with subtle grid-like designs on plates with intricate texturisations. The myriad complex colour that he introduces in prints are marked by a contemplative approach to the infinite mysteries of nature. While working at Atelier 17, Krishna Reddy was instrumental in developing a new printing process to produce multi-colored prints from a single printing matrix by exploiting the viscosity and tackiness of the inks, subsequently named viscosity printing. Reddy received the Padma Shri award in 1972, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to art. He passed away last August 2018 in the USA.

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