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Bright hues Sunflowers by Krishna Reddy
Bright hues Sunflowers by Krishna Reddy

The world of sunflowers and shapes blends into one seamless canvas of life

An artist always carries his baggage with him or her. More so, if you happen to come from the hinterland with few material distractions. M. Krishna Reddy is one such artist from Dupally in Mahbubnagar district. He need not tell us about the baggage he is carrying, one has to just step into Shrishti Art Gallery to get a taste of it. There, splayed on canvases, etchings, drawings are the images from Krishna Reddy’s memory: Of verdant countrysides, colourful banjara folks and sunflowers. Blooming, swaying in the wind, wilting in the sun, giving soul and meaning to life.

“This is not an obsession with sunflowers. It is something that has stayed on with me even as I learnt the various techniques and styles. The sunflowers are not just flowers for me, they are a metaphor of life,” says Krishna Reddy who has learnt under Laxma Goud and says the influence of his master has stayed on with him.

The sunflowers aren’t like Vincent Van Gogh’s roiling colours bringing out his inner turmoil, nor are they decorative pieces, but drawn and painted with care they are just there. There like a sunflower field seen from a distance or a magnifying lens brought close to it.

The result is a world that’s bright, colourful and vivid. Contrasted against them are the line drawings and the etchings with their subtle hues. The medium that has the most enduring impact on Krishna Reddy’s work is etching: It effects his art as well as the stylisation that spillsover onto the other canvases.

Then, there are the human figures which show the other side of Krishna Reddy’s passion.

A five-paise coin in the hair of a Banjara woman, the mirror work on her clothes, the styling of her hair, Reddy captures the essence of reality.

Lending a universal quality to it is the nose of a woman that appears as if it has been cut and pasted on all the canvases he has done. The show is on till September 15.

SERISH NANISETTI

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