Award-winning painter Shambhu Prasad Reddy is also a poet (his father K. Siva Reddy is the famous Sahitya Award-winning Telegu poet) and that perhaps best explains his visual language as a painter. Reddy’s works – black-and-white-sketches and acrylic paint canvases – use the human body and form in a way so fluid it’s easily comparable to the language of poetry: the shapeshifting meanings of words, the surreal images. 'I started writing poems at the age of 5, and within a few years also got hooked on painting. Whether it is a poem or a painting, only the road, the medium is different,' he says.
He describes is works as an expression of his deepest emotions, using the canvas as an outlet in the moments he’s putting brush to canvas. 'I don’t know about other people and their lives, I just know about me, and that’s what I paint about,' says Reddy.
Reddy’s paintings use colour vibrantly yet with a painstaking sensitivity – each colour is the result of hours of experimentation and mixing – and in a style that is reminiscent of Spanish painter Joan Miro.
The works are all untitled - the idea is to let the audience decipher meaning themselves. 'Naming the painting forces a meaning for the viewer. A title is limiting for the viewer, but with an untitled painting, the sky is the limit,' he says.
Reddy lives and works in Hyderabad.