K. M. Adimoolam biography

K. M. Adimoolam

Male, Deceased Person

1938 – 2008


Who was K. M. Adimoolam?

K. M. Adimoolam was a well-known Indian abstract artist. He was born in 1938 in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. He had a natural aptitude for drawing at an early age. In 1959, he moved to Chennai where under the influence of the sculptor Dhanapal, he enrolled in the School of Arts and Crafts. After completing his Diploma in Advanced Painting in 1966, Adimoolam started a series of black and white portraits of Mahatma Gandhi. Sketching from photographs of the great man, he finished nearly a hundred drawings that moved over 60 years of the Mahatma’s life.

He belongs to that group of respected artists who would rather let their works do the talking. No wonder both connoisseurs and collectors eagerly lap up his vast output. With numerous group shows and solo exhibitions to his credit, Adimoolam's works are well known in India and beyond. The 65-year-old artist, who has been commissioned by many well-known corporate houses, has also been associated with Modern Tamil Writer's Group since the mid-Sixties and has done a number of illustrations, book covers, and layouts. A recipient of prestigious awards from Lalit Kala Akademi, Chitrakala Parishat, Bombay Art Society, Hyderabad Art Society, Academy of Fine Arts, besides the National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Adimoolam has served as a jury member for the National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi, and Bombay Art Society's Annual All India Art Exhibition. He was the Commissioner for the Indian section in the Third Ankara Biennial at Turkey in 1990. The book, Between The Lines, carries his drawings done between 1962 and 1996.


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