Elijah Silverman, American (1910 - 1994)

Elijah Silverman created an enormous body of work throughout his 60-year career as an artist in New York.

Silverman studied anatomy, life drawing and painting at the Art Students League under George Bridgman, Alexander Abels, and Vaclav Vytlacil between 1926-1947. Throughout this period he also took lessons from Lucien Bernhard, Arthur Schweider and Hans Hofmann.

Early in his career Silverman received the Wanamaker Gold Medal for drawing in 1923 and 1924. He would later receive publication in the New York Sun, New York Times, Art Digest, American Artists Magazine, and Journal of the Print World. Throughout the 1930s to the 1970s, the features of his art were taken from the New York Subway system. "Elijah Silverman has left a legacy that in such cases as these subway drawings, leaves us not only a nostalgic peek into the bygone days of New York's Subway Stystem but a testament to his humanistic sensibilities. Browising through Silverman's drawings is not merely a step back in time but a profoundly moving journey into the soul of a man committed to depicted his fellow man with all the honesty his observant eye and talent could muster," Raymond J. Steiner Editor and Art Critic for Art Times

For six decades Silverman did freelance lettering and design with an extensive cliental including Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand in addition to Columbia House Records and several book-publishing companies.

Exhibitions include the Montross Gallery, the exhibit Brooklyn Painters and Sculptors at Artists Gallery, several annual exhibitions with the Brooklyn Society of Artists Juried Shows at the Brooklyn Museum, and the Eisenhower Hall West Point-Retrospective in 1993. Posthumous exhibitions were held at the Woodstock School of Art and Belskie Museum.

EDUCATION:
1926-1947-The Art Students League, NYC, Instructors:
George Bridgman (Anatomy & Life Drawing)
Alexander Abels (Painting)
Vaclav Vytlacil (Painting)
1927-1930-Lucien Bernhard (Lettering & design, apprentice)
1933-1935-Arthur Schwieder, Innwood Park Painters, NYC
1938-1943 Hans Hofmann, Greenwich Village, NY (Abstract Painting)

EXHIBITIONS:

  • 1933-Montross Gallery-785 Fifth Avenue, NY
  • 1934-Brooklyn Painters & Sculptors at Artists Gallery
    The Tower Hotel, Clark & Willow St., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1935-Montross Gallery-785 Fifth Avenue, NY
    Brooklyn Society of Artists Juried Shows at The Brooklyn Museum
  • 1942-26th Annual Exhibition
  • 1944-28th Annual Exhibition
  • 1945-29th Annual Exhibition
  • 1948-32nd Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention
  • 1993-Eisenhower Hall,1929 Gallery, West Point-Retrospective
  • July 22-August 12, 2000-The League in Woodstock 1906-Present at The Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY
  • April 2003-The Belskie Museum, Closter, NJ

ADDITIONAL HONORS & AWARDS

  • 1923-Wanamaker Award, Gold Medal for Drawing
  • 1924-Wanamaker Award, Gold Medal for Drawing


PUBLICATIONS:

  • June 29,1933-The New York Sun
  • June 24,1934-The Sunday, The New York Times
  • May 15,1935-Art Digest
  • August 2000-American Artist Magazine-Nuts & Bolts Column, A League of Their Own by Kathleen Baxter
  • Fall 2000-Journal of the Print World, Inc.,
    The Subway Drawings 1930s Through 1970s
    by Raymond J. Steiner

EMPLOYMENT:
1928-1985-Freelance Lettering & Design
1959-1973-Teacher at The School of Visual Arts, NYC

Freelance lettering & design for the following:
Columbia House, record covers for Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, & many more. Book covers for Bantam Books, Pocket Books, Viking Books, Putnam Books, Ballantine Books, Time-Warner, & Dell Books.

Logos Design: Good Housekeeping, People Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Motion Picture Magazine, Photoplay Magazine, T.V. Mirror Magazine, Pageant Magazine, American Heritage Magazine, Benjamin Moore & Company, Newport Cigarettes, Castro Convertibles, and Medaglia D'oro Coffee. 20th Century Fox & United Artists/Titles for movies from the 1940s till the 1970s. Just to mention a few.


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