From his years in the Walt Disney Feature Animation department to his time immersed in blockbuster projects like the Star Wars franchise and Day After Tomorrow to his own unique creations, painter and illustrator William Silvers cannot remember a day in his life that has not been consumed by art.
Born in New Bremen, Ohio, Silvers was painting every chance he got for as far back as he can remember. Inspired by his father, who was also an artist, Silver attended Bowling Green State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the age of 21. After working for a couple years in an in-house ad agency in Ohio, Silvers moved to New York to work for ad agencies and continue developing his creative process.
After working for advertising agencies and an illustration studio for several years, he co-founded a full service art studio, Live Wire Studios, located in Clermont, Florida, serving as Vice President and Creative Director in 1990. After six years at the helm of Live Wire, Silvers was offered a position with Walt Disney Animation as a background and concept artist. It was here that Silvers made some of his most acclaimed contributions to the film industry, painting backgrounds and creating images for the movies Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch, and Brother Bear among others. He maintains a strong relationship with the Walt Disney Company through his contributions on special projects. In 2004 Silvers worked as a matte painter for Industrial Light and Magic on Day After Tomorrow and Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. After ILM, Silvers art directed NCAA Football 06 and 07 for EA Games. After, he moved back to Florida and worked as Associate Art Director on the sports games of EA Tiburon. Having begun working in the film industry right before everything changed and hand painting became a thing of the past, Silver opened his creative palette to the changing demands of creative media
- He can work digitally or traditionally, fast and flamboyant or slow and meticulous, able to create in a wide variety of styles and designs.
Throughout his prolific career, Silver has been honored with a number of distinctions. He won several awards including Region I at the 2005 Arts for Parks and Founders Favorite Award at the 2001 Arts for the Parks annual contest in Wyoming, which included an endowment with a prize money of $1,500, for his painting King of the Swamp showing the head of a swimming crocodile. Four years later, in 2005, his painting Going Fishing was awarded with the Region I award (all entries east of the Mississippi River), which came with a prize money of $3,000. He has also been a member of Society of Animal Artist for the past years and in 2005 had a painting accepted in the 45th Annual Exhibition.
Now a full time painter most well known for his depictions of nature and wildlife, Silvers continues to pursue his passion for painting outside the contributions to film. He continues to create art for official movie fine art releases, and his originals are highly prized by collectors like George Lucas and other discerning celebrities and art critics. More recently, Silvers created a new series of traditional Disney images, as well as a offbeat alternative design style called "birds nest," which is all about texture and speed—the opposite of the matte painting style. Both express his artistic passion but in completely different ways, he said. Constantly reinventing himself artistically, Silvers continues to inspire new artists along with those reaffirming their commitment to their own unique vision. Silvers is currently living in Florida and continues to work as a gallery artist concentrating on his work as a wildlife artist exploring ocean themes.
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