As a 27-year-old, multi-faceted artist from Birmingham, Alabama by way of Tuscaloosa, Larry Silver creates fanciful, yet vibrant masterpieces with intricate details that flow together to radiate through the lives of people, capturing the soul of each muse he illustrates in his paintings and charcoal drawings. Silver is a self-taught artist that has been honing his craft since a child, creating and channeling techniques from the artistic pioneers he sees as mentors.
Taking a step back from the arts as an adolescent, Silver was caught in the wrath of society’s way of viewing a starving artist and was discouraged from further channeling his inner artistic ability. Navigating through life wanting to take the mask off to express himself, he begin directing this energy into other talents such as music, sports and certain academics; but, the passion was not as genuine as the passion he absorbed from his exposure to fine arts as a child.
At age 19, he found the courage to return to his fountain of youth, which is drawing. The courage appeared suddenly like a flash of lightning through the sky. Grabbing the nearest pencil and paper he could find, he felt a euphoric restoration and cleansing from the years of abandoning the gift that gave him so much life.
Silver was inspired by legendary artists such as Charles White, Ernie Barnes, Carravagio and John W. Godward. He wanted to challenge himself further with oil painting. With this medium, he wanted to do more than learn basic painting techniques, but instead to enlighten the beauty of culture through the viewer’s eyes and make them feel the story within the painting.
Silver has created aesthetic commission pieces utilizing the mediums of oil paint and charcoal for drawings, sports and event re-enactments, couple visuals, wood pieces and more. His client list stretches throughout the United States to Canada, showcasing his art in several notable festivals in the southern region over the years.
Presently, Silver continues his journey through the arts. His central goal is to highlight the positive aspects of African American culture through historic, imaginative and effervescent artistic depictions. He aspires to one day leave a mark on the art world that will pioneer an increase in diversity within the profession and move others to express themselves through art to truly make a difference in the lives of people.