Largely a self taught artist, Sidney Cardew started painting in 1970 - developing a fascination for marine subjects on the backwaters and coastal inlets of Essex. Through the Wapping Group, he found that painting ‘in situ’ improved his work considerably; making him realise the importance of painting from life to capture the true feeling of the subject.
Sidney enjoys painting in oils, but his preferred medium is watercolour for its spontaneity and transparency. Painting from life wherever possible, he uses his studio for larger works that are produced from smaller sketched studies.
When producing smaller work, Sidney uses a pallet of 12 colours, restricted whenever he feels that it is necessary. Sidney uses Saderson Waterford paper on board for its smooth, even surface. He uses squirrel brushes to achieve large washes and standard watercolour brushes for more detailed areas.
Sidney's method of working is to initially sketch the subject fairly loosely. Then, leaving areas for boats and buildings, he paints the sky and water using a wash. Finally, using wet-in-wet, he adds the objects, landmarks and people to create the desired effect and to give life to the painting.
1931 Born in London
1942-46 Studied at South Essex Technical College
1949-51 National Service RAF Aircraft mechanic
1960-86 Ford Motor Company - Design Engineer
1970 Began painting - self taught
1976 Joined Essex Art Society
1980 Joined Chelsea Art Society
1983 Wapping Group candidate
1989 Elected a Member of the Wapping Group of Artists
1993 Royal Society of Marine Artists candidate
1998 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
Wapping Group of Artists, Essex Art Society, London Sketch Club, Chelsea Art Society
Wapping Group of Artists, Mall Galleries, London
Guild Hall Gallery
‘The Wapping Group of Artists: Sixty Years of Painting by the Thames’, Seafarer Books
‘Celebration of Marine Art: Sixty Years of the Royal Society of Marine Artists’, Bounty Books, 2005
‘Watercolur Skies & Clouds Techniques’