“His most valuable asset is an infective gaiety, a light-heartedness, combined with a daring and masterful use of colour - placed with swift a certainty of its effective display.” - Tom Hewlett, 'Cadell, A Scottish Colourist,' 1988
Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell was one of the four Scottish Colourists, a set of radical artists of their day who enlivened the Scottish art scene with the fresh vibrancy of French Fauvist colours. He is renowned for his stylish portrayals of interiors, vibrantly coloured still lifes, serene landscapes of the Scottish countryside and his iconic paintings of Iona. Born in Edinburgh, Cadell showed an artistic ability from an early age. At the age of sixteen, Cadell travelled to Paris to study at the Acadmie Julian, where he immersed himself in the French avant-garde art scene. His exposure to the French artists of the time was to have a profound and long-lasting effect on his art. The work of the early Fauvists, and in particular Matisse, proved to be his most lasting influence. Cadells work is displayed in notable museums, including the National Galleries of Scotland.