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K.M. Adimoolam View Artworks of K.M. Adimoolam Back to Artist

Born in 1938 in Tirucharapalli in Tamil Nadu, K.M. Adimoolam moved to Chennai in 1960 where he enrolled at the Government School of Arts and Crafts. After completing a Diploma in Advanced Painting in 1966, he began to work on a series of black and white portraits of Mahatma Gandhi. Adimoolam sketched almost a hundred drawings covering 60 years of Gandhi’s life.

K.M. Adimoolan’s sketches personify the constant quest for an artist’s freedom of expression. His sketches become the supreme carriers of an artist’s creative energy and an embodiment of his quest for the supreme freedom to give vision to that innate creativity. His sketches are like poems in this own right, revealing the essence of the subject in all its glory and yet concealing something, leaving something to the viewer’s imagination.

The artist gradually moved towards oil paintings, although in most of his works, he uses a combination of drawing and painting. Colours played a vital role in the journey of evolution of his works from figurative to abstract. Focussing on the dynamics of interconnectedness between nature and people and people themselves, his works recreate in abstract conditions of what he saw and felt like while looking at nature.

K.M. Adimoolam has exhibited widely across India and abroad. He has been felicitated with a number of prestigious awards and honours.

Adimoolam passed away in Chennai in 2008.



  1960-66 Government College of Arts & Craft, Chennai


Selected Posthumous Exhibitions

  2012 'One Eye Sees, the Other Feels', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

  2010 'Who Has Seen Gandhi?', presented by Tangerine Art Space at Raj Bhavan; KynKyny Art Gallery and Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore

  2010 'K M Adimoolam: A Retrospective', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2009 'Indian Harvest', presented by Crimson- The Art Resouce, Bangalore at SG Private Banking, Singapore

  2008 ''From Beyond The Vindhyas'', Ganges Art, Kolkata

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2007 ‘Lines form an Artistic Life’, The Drawings of Adimoolam, Book release and Exhibition, The Mint, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Abstract’, Art Motif, New Delhi

  2006 Solo Show, Saffronart, New York as well as Online Show at Saffronart.com

  2005 Berkeley Square Gallery, London

  2003 Crimson Art Resource with Windsor Sheraton, Bangalore

  2000 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1999 Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1997 Retrospective Exhibition of Drawings (1962-1996) organized by Values Art Foundation, Chennai and jointly sponsored by Crimson Art Resource and Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore

  1994 British Council, Chennai

  1993 Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1987 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1981 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1969 Sarala Art Centre, Chennai

  1969 100 Drawings on Gandhiji to Mark his Birth Centenary

  1966 First Solo Show, Chennai

Group Exhibitions


  2007 ‘Six Abstract Artists ‘ Show’, Akar Prakar Gallery, Kolkata

  2006 India Fine Arts, Mumbai

  2006 Art Motif, New Delhi

  2006 Organized by Vinyasa Gallery, Chennai at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai

  2004 ‘Indian Artists’ Show’, Prakriti Gallery, Hong Kong

  2004 ‘Still Life’, Art Motif, New Delhi

  2004 Art Motif Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Five Chennai Artists ‘ Show’, Vinyasa Gallery, Chennai

  2003 Indian and Korean artists at Korea

  2002 ‘Three Artists’ , Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2002 ''Landscapes'', Art-Motif, New Delhi

  2001 Art-Motif, New Delhi

  1999 ‘Six Indian Artists’, London by Maya Art Gallery

  1999 ‘Small Formats’, group show of 6 artists at Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad, by Art in Crafts, Bangalore

  1997 ''Major Trends'', group show to commemorate 50 years of India''s Independence by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1997 ''Major Trends'', group show to commemorate 50 years of India''s Independence, jointly sponsored by Crimson Art Resource and Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore

  1996 Exhibition to raise funds for Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 ''Madras-An Emotion'', organized by Values Art Foundation, Chennai

  1995 ''Gandhiji in Postcard'', Traveling Exhibition at Various Cities in India

  1995 Group show of Indian Artists organized by Sarala''s Art Centre at Tokyo, Japan

  1995 ‘Three Indian Artists Show’, Maya Gallery, Hong Kong

  1995 ''Save the Children'', Charity Exhibition at Mumbai

  1993 ''Wounds'', Centre of International Modern Art (ClMA), Kolkata

  1992 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

  1992 Southern Region Art Exhibition by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1991 ''9 Indian Artists'' by Walk-in-Gallery, Singapore

  1991 ''Rimbaud-91 '', organized by Alliance France De Chennai, in Chennai and France

  1990 Sakshi Gallery, Chennai

  1990 Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  1990 & 91 ''Touch Stone'' shows by Sakshi Gallery Chennai and Bangalore

  1989 ''Nature and Environment'', exhibition organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1988 Sakshi Gallery, Chennai

  1983, 84 ''Sketch Book Series'' (drawings) Sarala Art Centre Chennai and Kritika Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1983 Art Heritage Show, New Delhi

  1973 Seven South Indian Painters, Australia  1972 Twenty Five Years of Indian Art, New Delhi

Joint Exhibition


  2003 Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

  2001 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1995 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1991 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai



  1987 19th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

  1986 Sixth Triennale India, New Delhi

  1986-89 Kala Yatra Show, Bangalore

  1963-85 National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi


Honours and Awards



  1979 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi,

  1978 Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

  1973 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  1965, 66 Hyderabad Art Society''s Award, Hyderabad

  1965, 66 Mumbai Art Society''s Award, Mumbai

  1965 Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

  1964 Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

 1963 Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore

  1963 Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

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