K.M. Adimoolam, Chennai’s best known painter, is dead
One of the state’s best known painters, K.M. Adimoolam, died at his home at the Cholamandalam Artists Village on Tuesday evening. He was 70 and is survived by his wife and two sons.
Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the painter known for his portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and some of the Tamil literary world’s best known writers, past and present.
It might a little out of place here to go on a personal trip, but my grandfather and the Tamil writer Sundara Ramaswamy knew Adimoolam quite well. If I remember rightly, the first edition cover of J.J.: Sila Kurippugal (JJ: Some Jottings, in English) of a footballer was done by Adimoolam. The full length portrait presumably of the fictional JJ in shades of grey and black was quite a hit when the novel was released in the early 80s.
Through the years I have seen many of Adimoolam’s portraits, some of them repeatedly, and all of them look awesome, even to my untrained eye. SuRa had a few at his house too. Even the latest issue of Kalachuvadu (you can see the image if you click the link), Adimoolam’s sketch of Gandhi was on the cover.