Krishna Reddy, India, helped introduce intaglio viscosity printing which possibly aided the dissolution of form & mastery of complex colour in his work.*

*See a link to his work at the Hilo Art Department, University of Hawaii: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/~art/three_masters-2007/reddy.php /

Stanley William Hayter (UK) & Krishna Reddy worked together at Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris in the 1920’s to produce the first intaglio viscosity printing.

‘The discovery that numerous colours could be printed at one time on a single plate was his greatest advancement in the area of printmaking. Between soft rollers and different kinds of ink he unravelled the magic of superimposition – as each ink consisted of a particular viscosity (stickiness), Krishna Reddy showed how to give unique layers to the etched and carved plates. Interestingly some colours would mix, and some would repel. This technical breakthrough effectively eliminated repetition and gave greater freedom and control over his/her work.

Sticky and thick ink does not roll down on top of oily, runny ink, but oily and runny ink does roll down on top of sticky and thick. Inks of different tack and viscosity are employed to edition multi-colored prints off of deeply etched and carved metal printing plates.’ The Times of India 1 August 2016. http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/plumage/intricate-intaglios-in-kolkata/

Clown Dissolution

Clown Dissolution /

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Clown Dissolution in 3 versions /

Violence and Sorrow

Violence and Sorrow /

Krishna Reddy: "Two Forms in One", 1957; color viscosity intaglio.:

Two Forms in One /

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Three Graces /

Water Form

Water Form /

Germination

Germination /

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Butterfly Formation /

Wave

Wave /

Pastorale

Pastorale /

Rhyme Broken

Rhyme Broken (1) /

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Rhyme Broken (2) /

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Whirlpool /

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Life Movement /

Clown Forming , circa 1990

Clown Forming /

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Flight /

Trapeze

Trapeze /

The Clown and the Flying Swans

The Clown and the Flying Swans

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