Beginning his career in figurative art, Athiveerapandian quickly moved towards abstraction when he felt the thrill of pure colour and abstract form filling his canvas. Before 2005 a long and arduous process took place where Athiveerapandian looked to find happiness in his artistic idiom. His paintings were much darker, reminiscent perhaps of the work of Graham Sutherland, than his late 2000 works.
His first London solo exhibition at The Noble Sage in 2009 follows a successful solo in New Delhi and a well-received group show in the same year alongside senior respected artists such as S.H. Raza, Krishen Khanna and the late K.M. Adimoolam.
Athiveerapandian's newest works are fiery and angry, making a battle of the artist's perception of nature. In other paintings, Athiveerapandian achieves a three-dimensionality that one has never seen before in his work. Athiveerapandian tightens his palette to demonstrate the plasticity of his colour. Broad, visible brushstrokes show an artist keen to let his work speak for itself. Ostentatious movements of bold colour fill the canvas. Whereas in other works, the artist tries to tidy away painterly strokes, here, all is left on show so we can wonder at the paint as much as at the painting.