In the 1930s, Salaman spent six years in Paris (1933-39), exhibiting alongside Picasso, Bonnard, Dufy, and Braque. His paintings at this time were narratorial, and were influenced by Francis Gruber, Balthus, and early German Renaissance art. When he returned to London after the outbreak of war, he spent the next forty years (until 1986) teaching in art colleges (Camberwell, Chelsea, and the Royal Academy Schools). Amongst his students were Euan Uglow, Anthony Eyton, and Maggi Hambling. In 1982, he was given his first commercial show, at Browse & Darby, and another five years later, in the year of his death. His works are held in the Arts Council and Government Art Collections, as well as by Southwark Council and the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum.