Riot of primary hues

ONE SHOULD not tire the viewers with the solo show of one's works too often - this is what senior artist K. M. Adimoolam feels and so his most recent oil paintings were presented after an interval of six years, though there was a retrospective exhibition of his drawings three years ago, on the occasion of the release of the book on his drawings ``..... between the lines....''.

He believes this gap is essential to plan a good exhibition, where one can expect some changes and observe the evolution of the artist.

This show held between July 11 and 17, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Vinyasa Art Gallery, was actually a `Munnottam' or a preview, before the works are taken to Delhi for an exhibition in September. The changes were there: there was a sense of liberation in the use of the colours and strokes.

Bold strokes in all directions - horizontal, vertical and diagonal - of bright primary colours vying with deep browns, greys and whites.

Unlike his earlier creations, where the colours often moved smoothly from one to another and blended seamlessly, in the present works they appeared in almost angry slashes, as if they were the result of an agitated mind, which belie the calm and collected person that Adimoolam is.

He says it has nothing to do with his mental status, and is only a natural evolution of an artist, who keeps exploring the possibilities of expression of a chosen idea within the gamut of abstract art. For long his works have been expressions of Nature, not realistically, but in a contemporary abstract style now it appeared as if he was separating the colours of Nature to lend them individuality. They often seemed to stand apart, even while appearing as part of a whole.

- L.V.