A young artist from India changed the way colour prints were made in the 1950s, revolutionising graphic art and printmaking while working at a studio in Paris. Artworks of Krishna Reddy, now 86, is on exhibition, for the first time in India, at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts.
The Embodied Image - The Art and Life of Krishna Reddy — a retrospective of Reddy’s works right from his early art training at Santiniketan, Bengal, to his later works at Paris, London and New York — will run for two months.
The Padma Shri awardee, who is respected both in India and in the West, however, won’t be attending the exhibition. “Reddy will not be able to make it to the exhibit in person, but his arts will speak volumes of his works and immense contribution to the art world,” said Roobina Karode, who is curating the show.
According to Karode, Reddy’s greatest achievement was the discovery that numerous colours could be printed at one time on a single plate. Using this plate, Reddy produced a number of patterns of nature, movements, insects structures, flowers and waves and reproduced different arts using them and colours. “His innovations in the world of arts continue to inspire artists all over the world,” Karode said.
The exhibition will highlight nuances of Reddy’s artistic journey in words, images and pictures and a catalogue of his art and life with colour illustrations will also be available there.
What: The Embodied Image — The Art and Life of Krishna Reddy
When: November 20 onwards
Where: Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts C. V. Mess, Janpath
Nearest metro station: Patel Chowk on Yellow Line