Kenneth Cadwallader

Kenneth Cadwallader

  • Biography

    Ken’s paintings are wonderfully colorful and dynamic representations of the world around us. Inspired by just about everything, Ken paints subjects ranging from landscape to floral to figure with a unique quality all their own.

    Born and raised in Michigan, Ken showed exceptional artistic talent at a very early age. As a boy, he often immersed himself in drawing in order to escape from the pressures of life. After exploring reasonable career options and a short stint in business school Ken realized that art was the only career that gave him meaning. As a result, Ken dropped out of business school and enrolled at Kendall College of Art and Design, an exclusive private college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he received a bachelor’s degree in fine art. While in attendance at Kendall, he was also invited to study at the Royal College of Arts in London. In London, he found the direction he wanted to take his art. Struck by the pure and simple beauty of representational impressionism, he immediately knew that was the style he wanted to pursue.

    After graduating from college with honors, Ken moved to Chicago where he attended the Palette and Chisel Academy in order to further his understanding of impressionism. Shortly after arrival, Ken was discovered by a respectable Chicago Gallery and so began his professional career. Absorbing as much as he could from the Palette and Chisel he continued on to the Loveland Academy of Fine Art in Colorado where he had a rare opportunity to study with the renowned master Richard Schmid who helped him put the final touches on his education.

    As Ken built his professional career many people began to take notice including galleries, magazines, and jurors. His work has been seen in many magazines and his paintings can be found in galleries across the country. Ken has participated in many prestigious shows such as the Arts for the Parks, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and Portrait Society of America, receiving awards in all. In addition, Ken is an active member of the local and national art community. He is a member of Grand Valley Artists in Grand Rapids, Michigan, master signature member of Oil Painters of America, and a signature member of the American Impressionist Society. Ken also served on the board of Oil Painters of America and was president from 2014-2016 volunteering his time to help other artists attain their dreams. An adventurer at heart Ken has traveled around the world often living in other countries for extended periods of time painting the people, places, and things that most interest him.

    Ken’s paintings are a strong combination of color and design. He has derived his style from the influence of painters whom he admires, masters he has worked with, and an unmistakable element that comes from deep within. Ken strives to convey his vision to the viewer, inviting them to share the sheer wonder he experiences while painting.

  • Influences

    EDUCATION
    Kendall College of Art & Design ~ BFA
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 1996

    Royal College of Art
    London, England 1994

    Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art
    Chicago, Illinois 1997

    Loveland Academy of Fine Art
    Loveland, Colorado 1998

  • Awards

    Silver Medal
    - 2019 OPA Regional Juried Exhibition
    Second Place - 2015 AIS National Exhibition
    Award of Excellence
    - 2013 AIS National Exhibition
    Honorable Mention
    - 2013 OPA Salon Show Plein Air Paint Out
    Award of Excellence
    - 2011 OPA Regional Juried Exhibition
    Award of Excellence
    - 2008 OPA National Juried Exhibition
    Award of Merit
    - 2006 Visual Arts Center National
    Certificate Award
    - 2005 Portrait Society of America National Exhibition
    Honorable Mention
    - 2004 Barns & Farms National Juried Exhibition
    Honorable Mention
    - 2003 OPA Regional Juried Exhibition
    Award of Excellence
    - 2003 OPA National Juried Exhibition
    Best Portrait Award
    - 2002 OPA National Juried Exhibition
    Judge’s Choice Award
    - 2001 Arts for the Parks
    Award of Excellence
    - 2001 OPA National Juried Exhibition

  • Exhibitions

    2022 -Solo Exhibition GVA / Grand Rapids, MI
    -A.I.S. Small Works Exhibition /Taos, NM
    -O.P.A National Exhibition / Steamboat Springs, CO
    2021 -O.P.A Western Regional Exhibition / Wichita, KS
    -O.P.A Eastern Regional Exhibition / Bradenton, FL
    -O.P.A National Exhibition / Escondido, CA
    -A.I.S. National Exhibition / Omaha, NE
    2020 -Studio Exhibition - Grand Rapids, MI
    2019 -O.P.A. Eastern Regional Exhibition, Birmingham, AL
    -Eastern Scope Western Horizon / BeijingMerging Fusion / DongGuan
    2018
    -Chinese American Exhibition / Shanghai
    -Solo Exhibition - XiaoZhou Art Gallery / Guangzhou
    -O.P.A. National Exhibition / Steamboat, CO
    -Solo Exhibition - Nature and Harmony Art Museum / Guangzhou
    2017 -O.P.A National Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH
    2016
    -China Exhibition / Simie Maryles Gallery, MA
    -Chinese and American Artists Outdoors / Kaiping
    -Solo Exhibition - Yunpin Gallery / Guangzhou
    -Group Plein Air Exhibition / Dongshan Island
    -Two Man Exhibition - Asian Museum of Modern Art / Guangzhou
    2015
    -O.P.A. Virtuosos at Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
    -American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
    -Mt. Danxia Three Man Exhibition - Tu Zhiwei Museum / Wengyuan
    -Solo Exhibition - Yun Yaxuan Gallery / Guangzhou
    -Solo Exhibition - Maya Art Gallery / Guangzhou
    -Solo Exhibition - SanXiangxuan Gallery / Huadu
    2014
    -China Exhibition / Simie Maryles Gallery, MA
    -American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Denver, CO
    2013 -Solo Exhibition / Baidai Museum, Shantou, China
    -Solo Exhibition / Yuehua Painting Academy, Guangzhou, China
    -O.P.A. Eastern Regional Exhibition, Annapolis, MD
    -American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Charleston, SC
    -O.P.A. Salon Show, Crooked Tree Art Center, MI
    2012 -China Exhibition / Simie Maryles Gallery, MA
    -Solo Exhibition / Button-Petter Gallery, MI
    -Dafen Yihai Fine Art Auction / Shenzhen, China
    2011 -Group Exhibition / DS Creative Center, Shunde, China
    -Group Exhibition / Kwan Wu Art Gallery, China
    -O.P.A. Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, MA
    -American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, CA
    -Two Person Show / Simie Maryles Gallery, MA
    -Two Person Show / Button-Petter Gallery, MI
    -Solo Exhibition / Hillsdale College, MI
    2010
    -O.P.A. Regional Juried Exhibition, NC
    -Portrait Society of America / Limited Size Unlimited Talent , D.C.
    -Plein Air Door County Festival
    -Two Person Show / Button -Gallery, MI
    2009
    -Art Prize / Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, MI
    -Portrait Invitational Exhibition, MI
    -Solo Exhibition / Simie Maryles Gallery, MA
    -Solo Exhibition/ Button Gallery, MI
    -ARC Salon International, Semi-Finalist
    2008
    -O.P.A. Regional Juried Exhibition, TN
    -Toys for Kids Art Auction, MI Solo Exhibition / Button Gallery, MI
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -O.P.A. National Juried Exhibition, MT
    2007
    -Juror of the Ohio Plein Air Society Competition, OH
    -China Exhibition / Dana Gallery, MT
    -O.P.A. National Juried Exhibition ,TX
    -Toys for Kids Art Auction, MI Two Person Show / Button Gallery, MI
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -Figure Show / Simie Maryles Gallery, MA
    2006
    -Solo Exhibition / Button Gallery, MI
    -Solo Exhibition/ Simie Maryles Gallery, MA
    -Wild Wild West Plein Air Show , AZ
    -Fifth Biennial National Art Exhibit, FL
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -Solo Exhibition / Button Gallery, MI
    -American Artists Abroad, VT
    2005
    -Images of Brazil, MI
    -Portrait Society of America National Exhibition, WA
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -O.P.A. National Juried Exhibition, IL
    2004
    -Barns & Farms National Exhibition, WI
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -Images of Brazil, MI
    -Solo Exhibition / Parkside Gallery, CA
    2003
    -Art on Center, MI
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -International Masters of Fine Arts, TX
    -O.P.A. National Juried Exhibition, NM
    2002
    -Artists For The New Century, VT
    -Arts for the Parks, WY
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -Two Person Show / Button Gallery, MI
    -O.P.A. National Juried Exhibition, CA
    2001
    -Arts for the Parks / Top 100, WY
    -Ox Bow Charitable Art Auction, MI
    -The Artist Charitable Fund, CO
    -Great Rist Canyon Fine Art Auction, CO
    -Two Person Show / Button Gallery, MI
    -O.P.A. National Juried Exhibition, CA
    2000
    -The Artist Charitable Fund, CO
    -Solo Exhibition / Exhibit on Adams, IL
    -Great Rist Canyon Fine Art Auction, CO
    -O.P.A. National Juried Exhibition, CA
    1999
    -Danada Art Show, IL
    -Abend National Juried Show, CO
    1997
    -Solo Exhibition / Exhibit on Wolcott, IL
    -Harriet S. Bitterly Gold Medal Exhibition, IL




Showing all 18 artworks

Kenneth Cadwallader

Carnations and Silver
16 x 12 ″ Framed: 24 x 20 ″ Oil on Canvas $2,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Peaceful Feeling
16 x 20 ″ Oil on Canvas $3,400.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Rose Dance
18 x 24 ″ Oil on Canvas $4,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Rose Passion
20 x 16 ″ Oil on Canvas $3,400.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

The Cove
11 x 14 ″ Oil on Board $1,900.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Blue Harbor
11 x 14 ″ Oil on Board $1,900.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Simple Pleasures
9 x 12 ″ Oil on Board $1,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Rose Trio
9 x 12 ″ Oil on Board $1,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Harbor
11 x 14 ″ Oil on Board $1,900.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Blue Harmony
20 x 16 ″ $3,400.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Rose Tea
24 x 18 ″ Framed: 32.5 x 26.5 ″ $4,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Passionate Roses
12 x 9 ″ $1,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Rose Windowsill
20 x 16 ″ $3,400.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Fresh Cut
24 x 18 ″ $4,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Lavender and White
24 x 18 ″ $4,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Lush Bouquet
$3,400.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Rose Trio
$1,500.00

Kenneth Cadwallader

Roses in Blue
$2,500.00