Behind The Frame

K.M. Adimoolam

K.M. Adimoolam

K.M. Adimoolam was born in Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu in 1938.  Adimoolam was a born artist who recognised his leanings for the pen, brush and canvas very early in life. It was to become a discovery that would change his life for ever. He set off to Chennai, leaving behind the steeped-in-history – Tiruchirappalli, taking with him the sights, sounds, smells and impressions of the great place and its people. In Chennai he found a professional direction to his quest under the able guidance of Shri Dhanapal in 1959. Under the great sculptor's tutelage, he enrolled at the School of Arts and Crafts. He left the institution in 1966 with a Diploma in Advanced Painting. The immediate years of him leaving the school of arts saw him devotedly creating a series of black and white portraits of a personality that influenced him greatly at the time – the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi. His Mahatma series numbers a big hundred covering about 60 years of Gandhiji's life and work.

“My drawings and paintings help to express my feelings. My drawings are not the exact copy of what I have seen through my eyes; but I feel they are the impressions of beauty, which are constantly imprinted on my inner vision and emerge as black and white forms on paper," he once said.

The other collection he has ardently created is a series on the Kings of India. India's rulers in all their valor and glory are captured on paper with a brilliance unmatched. Each of the works from his Kings series are different, by expression, depth, splendour and majesty, yet they all radiate with imposing pride and sense of grandiose. Reminiscent of an era long gone, his sketches are quite the collectors' dream.

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1960-66   Government College of Arts & Craft, Chennai, India


Selected Posthumous Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2007       'Abstract', Art Motif, New Delhi, India

2006       Solo Show, Saffronart, New York, USA as well as Online show at

2005       Berkeley Square Gallery, London, UK

2003       Crimson Art Resource with Windsor Sheraton, Bangalore, India

2000       Art Heritage, New Delhi, India

1999       Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore, India

1994       British Council, Chennai, India

1993       Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore, India

1987       Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

1981       Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

1969       Sarala Art Centre, Chennai, India

1969       100 Drawings on Gandhiji to Mark his Birth Centenary

1966       First Solo Show, Chennai, India


Group Exhibitions

2007       'Six Abstract Artists ' Show', Akar Prakar Gallery, Kolkata, India

2006       India Fine Arts, Mumbai, India

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

2004       'Indian Artists' Show', Prakriti Gallery, Hong Kong

2004       'Still Life', Art Motif, New Delhi, India

2003       Indian and Korean artists at Korea

2002       'Three Artists' , Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

2001       Art-Motif, New Delhi, India

1999       'Six Indian Artists', London, UK by Maya Art Gallery

1996       Exhibition to raise funds for Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

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

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

1992       Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, India

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

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

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

1990       Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi, India

1989       ''Nature & Environment'', organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India

1988       Sakshi Gallery, Chennai, India

1983       Art Heritage Show, New Delhi, India

1973       Seven South Indian Painters, Australia

1972       Twenty Five Years of Indian Art, New Delhi, India


Honours and Awards

1979       National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India

1978       Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India

1973       Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India

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

1966       Mumbai Art Society''s Award, Mumbai, India

1965       Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India

1964       Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India

1963       Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore, India

1963       Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India

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