Donald Silverstein (1932-2004), acclaimed painter and illustrator. The majority of the works were created during Silverstein's ten-year stay in Japan, the period heralded as the pinnacle of his artistic career.
In Japan, Silverstein experienced an entirely different culture in which his artistic senses were piqued by the dynamism and spontaneity of Japanese calligraphy as well as by the patterns and material of traditional kimonos. For Silverstein, life in Tokyo provided a new and exciting environment where the possibilities of painting were translated into vigorous works on paper, canvas and board. Favoring gouache, oil, and ink to create his dynamic abstract paintings, Silversteinfs works, as reviewed by Ed McCormack, editor of Gallery & Studio, suggest a "host of half-hidden allusions which transcend superficial appearances to provoke an inexplicable emotional response."
Donald Silverstein graduated from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, Michigan in 1949 and worked as an illustrator for books and magazines. Winner of the Best Childrenfs Illustrator of the Year award in 1974, he has long been recognized for his energetic and oftentimes humorous illustrations. After a brief tour in the Armed Services during the Korean War, Silverstein resumed his work as an illustrator and in 1973, began to explore his talents as a painter. He moved to Japan with his wife Sakiko in 1982 and worked for publishing houses while maintaining a studio where he continued to paint. He subsequently held several solo and group shows, most notably at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1984-85 and1987, and at the Shirota Gallery in Tokyo in 1992. Upon returning to the U.S. in, Silverstein held his last solo show at the Tenri Cultural Center in New York City in 2003. He died at the age of 71 in New York City.