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Jerald Silva Works Biography

JERALD SILVA, b. 1936, Sacramento, CA

I hadn’t planned on a lot of things. I hadn’t considered there would someday be an internet or that there would be web sites where persons could display, or even want to display, what might be their recorded glory. I didn’t store away the various writings that my work elicited from very kind and thoughtful people. I hadn’t adequately considered the future of my career, and in many ways I still do not consider it all that much. I just do my work quietly and privately in my studio. I don’t think much about my job beyond that. My paintings tend to reflect that. Cobbling together information for this site would have been impossible had it not been for my late wife, Susan, who squirreled away scraps of newspapers and magazines and other print material from which I could glean a few relevant bits. Many of the writings she never saw, so they were not saved and they are gone from my awareness.

The paintings I have chosen for this site are not presented as a chronology of my work. The selections were chosen from only a fraction of the paintings I have made, as I was not always attentive to photographically archiving them. I expect that fewer than half of my approximately nine hundred paintings, were ever photographed. The dates that I have assigned to them in this site are not always accurate. Many are only estimates but I think most are close. I am not sure that it matters. The sizes, too, might occasionally be a couple of inches off. But they are close. I have separated the images into three general areas: figures, still life, and what I call “steamy windows.” These areas of focus are not related to any chronology as they are all done at times overlapping each other and lapping back. In some instances I work on all of these genre concurrently.

All the paintings I am showing here are done in transparent watercolor. I slightly size the paper I am working on with a particular glue in order to prevent the pigments from invading the paper and staining it. That allows me to scrub out passages I might reconsider. Consequently, I refer to my medium as “watercolor incorrect.” They are “paintings in watercolor.” They are not “watercolors.”

The subject matter and themes of my paintings do not require explanation. The paintings do seem to evoke conversation. I like that.

EXHIBITIONS

1962  Barrios Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1963  Barrios Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1964  Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1965  Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1965  Candy Store Gallery, Folsom, CA
1966  Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1967  Candy Store Gallery, Folsom, CA
1967  Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1969  Upper Grosvenor Gallery, London, England
1969  Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1970  Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1970  Comara Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1971  Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1971  Comara Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1973  Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1974  Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1975  Retrospective Show, E. B. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
1977  Some People I Know, Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1978  Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1978  Drawings at Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1979  Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1980  David Findlay Gallery, New York, NY
1981  Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1981  Stevensen Union Gallery, Southern Oregon University, Ashland. OR
1981  Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983  Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
1983  Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1984  Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1984  Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986  Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
1987  Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1987  Diablo Valley College Gallery, Pleasant Hill CA
1988  Drawings, Himovitz – Jensen Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1988  Sierra College Gallery, Rocklin, CA
1989  Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1989  Andrea Ross Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991  Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1992  Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1993  Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1994  Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1994  Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1996  Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1998  Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2003  Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2003  Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Glacken, William. Silva Exhibit. Sacramento Bee (November 1, 1966).

Wilson, William. An Artist Amidst Paisley Shadows. Los Angeles Times (November 3, 1967).

Johnson, Charles. Art Views, Return Of A Talented Native. Sacramento Bee (August 2, 1970).

Simon, Richard. A Star in the Gallery Galaxy. Sacramento Union (July 14, 1971).

Seldis, Henry J. Silva Paintings On Display. Los Angeles Times (September 22, 1971).

Simon, Richard. An Artist Isn’t Sure Art is Important. Sacramento Union (February 27, 1972).

Crocker Purchase. Sacramento Bee (September 24, 1972).

Wilson, William. Art Walk Los Angeles Times (May 3, 1974).

Watercolors by Jerald Silva at Art Museum. Santa Barbara News Press (March 18, 1973).

Film: Jerald Silva, A Painter. Producer: A. J. Krisik. Filmed and Directed by John Krisik and Dave Roseberry. 27 Minutes (1974).

Simon Richard. Speaking Figuratively about Jerald Silva. Sacramento Union (March 26, 1975).

Meyer, Susan E. 40 Watercolorists and How they Work Watson-Guptil Publications. 126-129.

Howell, Betje. Painter of People, Not Portraits. Los Angeles Herald-Examiner (May 29, 1977).

Wilson, William. Art Walk, West Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times. (June 3, 1977).

Dalkey, Victoria. Jerald Silva. Arts Magazine (June 1980).

Simon, Richard. New Twist to a Familiar Style. Sacramento Union (1983).

Jan, Alfred. Disquieting Images. Artweek. (October 6, 1984).

Dalkey, Victoria. Twenty-Five Years of the Artists Contemporary Gallery. Catalog Duppee (Little Eva Steps Out) p 35 (1983).

O’Beil, Hedy. Jerald Silva. Arts Magazine, 42 (September 1984).

Jan, Afred. Jerald Silva. Arts Magazine (January, 1985).

The Monumental Image Catalog. Springfield Art Museum, Springfield MO.

Dalkey, Victoria Menacing Approaches. Sacramento Bee (May 10, 1987).

Auburn Arts 36 Juror Selected. Auburn Journal (March 27, 1987).

Video: Artist in the Studio. Producers, SJUSD, Patty Taylor and Sally West-Morgan: Sacramento Cable Consortium. (July 17, 1987) 60 minutes.

Dalkey, Victoria. The Intimate Jerald Silva. Sacramento Bee (1988).

  1. Galleries. Los Angeles Times (September 29, 1989).

Gibbs, Barbara K. and Driesbach, Janice T. The Kingsley Art Club Centennial. Catalog The Allegory With No Name. (1991), 19.

Venus, Ariadne and Bacchus. Artspace Magazine (March-April 1991).

Vilas, L. Jerald Silva. Visions Magazine (Fall 1991).

The Purloined Image. Flint Institute Catalog (1993).

Dalkey, Victoria. Dark Watercolors Imbued With Tension. Sacramento Bee (October 9, 1994).

Video: Conversation with Jerald Silva at Solomon Dubnick Gallery. Produced by Pam Johnson and Sierra College (October 1994).

Belt, Debra. Contemporary and Regional, Solomon Dubnick Hosts a Spirited Stable of Artists. Sacramento Bee (April 27, 1994).

Frank, Peter, Dismuke, Alan, and Silva, Jerald eds. Intimate and Incorrect: Paintings in Watercolor by Jerald Silva. Sacramento: Solomon Dubnick Press, 1995

 

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