University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Art Department

Masterful Works

by Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center

One of the great assets of a university art department exhibition program is the ability to produce exhibitions that both educate and inspire. Retrospective Exhibition, Three Master Printmakers: Lee Chesney, Krishna Reddy, and Ken Kerslake, is just such an event. It brings together the works of three artists born in the years following World War I who would go on to become influential teachers and mentors for over fifty years. Lee Chesney taught Ken Kerslake as a graduate student. Kerslake, in turn, founded the printmaking program at the University of Florida. Chesney’s son has taught at the University of Texas since 1972. Krishna Reddy worked and taught with Sanley William Hayter in Paris and was associate director at Hayter’s Atelier 17 for eleven years. All three have served as visiting artists at numerous institutions and have exhibited in hundreds of institutions throughout the world. Their works are in hundreds of International collections. They have each received the highest honors awarded by their peers.

Perhaps most importantly, each of these artists carved a significant niche in the printmaking world. Each experimented with processes and styles, honing their skills along the way. Collectively they represent a broad spectrum of the themes, techniques and innovations of the printmaking world of the past half-century. This exhibition and the accompanying documentation should serve as inspirational and educational fodder for generations of artists to come.