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Krishna Reddy



1925 - 2018

Krishna Reddy

Born in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, on 15 July 1925, Krishna Reddy is best remembered for pioneering the simultaneous colour printing technique, or the colour viscosity process, along with S. W. Hayter,
in Paris.

Reddy's journey to that seminal moment in Paris was preceded by a stint at Santiniketan, studying under Nandalal Bose (1942-47), and then, as head of the art section at Kalakshetra, Madras (1947-50).

Reddy travelled to Europe with the support of philosopher J. Krishnamurthy, first studying at Slade School of Fine Art, London, and then training in sculpture with Henry Moore, Ossip Zadkine and Mario Marini. Interactions with Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti profoundly influenced his work.

In Paris, Belarusian-born French sculptor Zadkine introduced Reddy to S. W. Hayter, founder of the influential print studio, Atelier 17. It was here, in the early 1950s, that the most important developments in Reddy’s career took place. Through his colour viscosity process, Reddy managed to attain a range of extraordinary colours on the plate, with each print becoming an individual coloured image. His abstract and semi-abstract prints revolved around the themes of nature and human figures. He also created sculptures in bronze, terracotta, stone, and marble.

Reddy became the first Indian to be appointed director of Atelier 17. Though not as feted in the country of his birth as internationally, Reddy was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1972. In 1976, he shifted to New York, where he passed away on 22 August 2018.

‘One can respond to a Krishna Reddy print in three ways: with one’s eyes; with one’s inner eye; and with one’s hands’



dag exhibitions

‘The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012; Mumbai, 2016; alternate locations in Kolkata, 2013; Jaipur, 2017; Chandigarh, 2018

‘Manifestations VIII, 20th Century Indian Art’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012

‘Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form’

DAG, New Delhi, 2014; Mumbai and New York, 2015

‘Memory & Identity: Indian Artists Abroad’

DAG, New York, 2016; Mumbai, 2017

‘India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France’

DAG, New Delhi and New York, 2018

Soliloquies of Solitude: Five Indian Abstractionists in the West

DAG, Mumbai, 2023

notable collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi

Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai

Roopankar Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh

Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad, India

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Albertina Museum, Vienna

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Tate Modern, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

archival media

The Hindu

29 January 1995

Bombay Times

17 January 1995

Express Magazine

19 August 1984

The Sunday Review

26 March 1995