Michael was mainly a landscape painter with special interests in architecture and plant forms; he is best described as a rural painter. Michael unified his paintings by composing each subject of broad flat brushstrokes. The image as a whole is revolved through restrained suggestions of form, generating a strong sense of atmosphere, while the structure of his painting is reinforced through a predominance of vertical and horizontal elements.
Education and Teaching:
- 1937-39 Wimbledon School of Art, Education Exams in Drawing
- 1941 Wimbledon School of Art, Education Exams in Painting
- 1941-44 Royal College of Art, Diploma in Painting (ARCA)
- 1947-69 Lecturer in Fine Art and Head of Department, Epsom School of Art
- 1947-52 Lecturer (Intermediate course) in Drawing, Croydon College of Art
- 1952-69 Full time lecturer Epsom School of Art in charge of Drawing and Painting and vocational departments of Graphic Design, 2-dimensional design, ceramics and dress.
- 1961 (London)
- 1962 (London)
- 1963 (London)
- 1964 Canaletto Gallery, Little Venice, London
- 1967 Whitehall Galleries
- 1970 Mezzanine Gallery, Dame Sybil Thorndyke Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey
- 1982 Musselwhites (Southampton)
Group or shared exhibitions:
- 1947 Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
- 1947 Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
- 1947 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London
- 1947 Royal Watercolour Society
- 1947-63 Exhibited in Royal Academy
- 1965 (London)
- 1966 (London)
- 1980-2008 Exhibited regularly at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours annual show
- 2005 Dorset County Museum
- 1950 Elected a Member of the Reigate Society of Artists
- 1967 Member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (elected Member 1970, Council Member from 1994-2010)
- 1979 Elected a Member of the St Ives Society of Artists
- 19nn Associate of the Royal College of Art
- 1943 ‘Award for Architect’, Royal College of Art
- 1943 ‘Award for Landscape Painting’, Royal College of Art
- 1977 Three articles in ‘Leisure Painter’
- 1990 ‘Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques’, Quatro Publishing
- 1995 ‘Buildings’, Quatro Publishing
- 2001 Western Gazette (click here to view)
- 2005 'Marine Watercolours' Dorset Life Magazine (click here to view)
- 1920 November 9th Born in Epsom, Surrey, son of Alfred Leslie Cadman, Civil Servant, Board of Education (ex-Army) and Effie Beatrice Louise Cadman nee Hitchcock, younger sister of Sir Eldred Frederick Hitchcock
- 19nn-19nn Educated Glyn Grammar School, Epsom, Surrey.
- 1958 March 29th Married Anne Phyllis Burden in St Mark's Church Reigate. (Ann died in Dorset County Hospital Dorchester on 6 December 1990)
- 1969 Became a Professional Freelance Painter
- 1969-2010 Lived between Dorset and Cornwall (always yearning for the other county). And later, had a home in Bouzies in the Lot region of France.
- 1991 - 2009 Partner of Sheila Isabel Waddington (Sheila died Nov 2009)
- 2010 April 17th Died peacefully, aged 89, after a long illness, Swanage, Dorset.
Michael Cadman's work was not widely available in his lifetime and is in considerable demand by both institutions and private collectors at home and abroad, including France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, USA and Japan. His interests were natural history, architecture and plants. He lived between Dorset and Cornwall, always yearning for the other county. He also loved France and Italy.