|Born||1928 (age 89–90)
Brooklyn, New York City
|Education||The High School of Music & Art
Art Students League
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Known for||Painting, Drawing|
|Notable work||Aqualung cover|
Silverman studied at The High School of Music & Art (where he was classmates with fellow realist painter Harvey Dinnerstein) and the Art Students League. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in art history.
Silverman painted the cover of the 1971 Jethro Tull album Aqualung. It features a watercolour portrait of a long-haired, bearded man in shabby clothes. The band's Ian Anderson recalls posing for a photograph for the painting, though Silverman claims it was a self-portrait. The artwork was commissioned and purchased by Chrysalis Records head Terry Ellis. Silverman claims the art was only licensed for use as an album cover, and not for merchandising; and approached the band seeking remuneration for its further use. Silverman and Anderson have different accounts of level of enmity involved in this. The original artwork for both the front and back covers are now privately owned by an unknown family, apparently having been stolen from a London hotel room.
- 1961 National Arts Club: "The Realist View" with Harvey Dinnerstein, David Levine, Aaron Shikler, and four other artists
- 2007 Brigham Young Museum, Butler Institute of Art: "The Intimate Eye: The Drawings of Burton Silverman"
- 2010 Miller Museum of Jewish Art: "Realism Recovered"
- 2011 Hofstra University Museum: "Burton Silverman: The Humanist Spirit"
- 2016 Portraits, Inc. (New York City) — solo exhibition of drawings
- Goldberg, Ira. "INTERVIEWS: In Search of the Humane: An Interview with Burton Silverman," Linea (OCTOBER 1, 2010).
- Malafronte, Allison. "In the Studio: Burton Silverman," Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center. Accessed Nov. 2, 2016.
- Ward, Nathan. "The Spy of Cadman Plaza," New York Times (Apr. 26, 2009).
- Lawson, Dom; Donlevy, Michael (2011). "The Last Gasp". Classic Rock Presents Prog. Classic Rock (15): 34–45.