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As a 29-year-old, multi-faceted artist, from Birmingham, Ala. by way of Tuscaloosa,Larry Silver creates fanciful, yet vibrant masterpieces with intricate details that flow together to radiate through the lives of people. He captures the soul of each muse he illustrates in paintings and charcoal drawings.
Silver’s 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.
Nothing can be taken for granted. Constant change proves to be the only reliable point of reference. Equilibrium being as fleeting as life itself, one fuses an array of thought fragments retrieved from memories into a drawing of graphite, metal or wood. By doing so, the artist builds a fragile mental world of metaphor that lends meaning to his largely unnoticed visit among the general population.
Absurdity, tragedy, racial atonement, humor, homage and autobiographical content recur in several series. Experience in technical illustration, commercial art and rough carpentry instill a respect for strong draftsmanship. In a sense, the work parallels naïve art by avoiding prevailing trends and building upon rugged drawing guided by intuition.