THE SALAMANS: FIVE ARTISTS FROM ONE FAMILY

Work by Michael Salaman, his sibling and his parents

Art produced by seven members of one family - two artist parents and their children. The best known is the painter and teacher Michael Salaman (1911-87). The exhibition concentrates on his early paintings from the 1930s and 40s. Michael Salaman studied at the Slade and the Ruskin School in Oxford. From 1933-39, he lived in Paris, where he produced his first important body of work.

These were narrative compositions, influenced by Balthus and Francis Gruber, and early German Renaissance art The outbreak of war forced him to return to London, during which period he executed few paintings. The post war period saw him embark on his long career as a teacher, where he gave support and guidance to a generation of students, including Euan Uglow, Anthony Eyton, and Maggi Hambling. He exhibited at the Morley Gallery in 1975, and twice at Browse and Darby in the 1980s.

Merula Salaman (1915-2000) trained as an actress and dancer, but took up painting and needlework after the war. She wrote and illustrated several children's books, but her finest work was her needlework pictures, often biblical, in which vision and charm are combined in equal measure

an especially gifted, though little known group of artists. The most interesting of them is Michael Salaman who deserves more than a footnote in British art
- Art Review, May