K. M.Adimoolam


K.M Adimoolam is an acclaimed multi-faceted Indian abstract and figurative artist who magnificently creates a mystical aura through his beautiful artworks. With comprehensive understanding of the emblematic potential of color and compositions, he left thousands art lovers spell-bounded.

Through his paintings, he exceptionally penetrates the veracity that lies beyond our panorama, which has given piquancy and edge to his oeuvre.

Education & Work

K. M. Adimoolam was born in the year 1938 in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. Since his childhood, he was fascinated with colors. His natural aptitude for art and paintings made him move to Chennai in 1959 where he studied art from School of Arts and Crafts.

His paintings are greatly influenced by Folk culture and traditional art in temples. After acquiring Diploma in Advanced Painting in the year 1966, Adimoolam started drawing a series of black and white portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, which has moved over 60 years of the Mahatma’s life. His early drawings of Mahatma Gandhi are magnificent portrayal of humanity, intelligence and faith. Adimoolam unmatched artistic skills and emotive abstract paintings are the result of his natural aptitude for art world. The 65-year-old artist, Adimoolam died on January 15, 2008 in Chennai.

His entire masterwork explicitly reflects his vision and inner strength of his mind. Adimoolam successfully participated in several solo shows including: 100 Drawings on Gandhi, Chennai (1969),  Seven South Indian Painters, Australia (1973), Chennai (1969), 25 Years of Indian Art, New Delhi (1972), 84 Sketch Book Series, Sarla Art Centre, Chennai and Kritika Art Gallery, Bangalore(1983), 6th Triennale India, New Delhi (1986), Touch Stone, Sakshi Gallery, Chennai and Bangalore (1990-91). He has also actively participated in several renowned art galleries located in the metropolitan cities, India. 

He also actively participated in Group exhibitions including: Six Abstract Artists ‘ Show’, AkarPrakar Gallery, Kolkata; Indian Artists’ Show’, Prakriti Gallery, Hong Kong, Small Formats’, group show of 6 artists at Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad, by Art in Crafts, Bangalore; Art Motif, New Delhi; India Fine Arts, Mumbai; Still Life’, Art Motif, New Delhi;  ‘Six Indian Artists’, London by Maya Art Gallery; ''Landscapes'', Art-Motif, New Delhi;  Art Heritage Show, New Delhi; Seven South Indian Painters, Australia; Twenty Five Years of Indian Art, New Delhi ; and  Sakshi Gallery, Chennai. Additionally, the renowned artist showcased his artworks in various Joint Exhibitions including: Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, and Forum Art Gallery, Chennai.

Awards and Accolades

K. M. Adimoolam was bagged with several prestigious awards including : Bombay Art Society Award, Mumbai (1965-66), Lalit Kala Akademi Award, Chennai (1963-65), Hyderabad Art Society Award, Hyderabad (1965-66), Chitra Kala Parishad Award, Bangalore (1963), Award by Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1973) and National Award and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1979).

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