Wendy Kurth Silver is a San Francisco-based painter who captures the vibrant culture of the city onto the canvas through her abstract, geometric work. Silver is an avid traveler and is inspired by urban scenes around the world. “It all started full-force after my first trip to Barcelona,” says Silver, “I returned to my studio overcome with painting ideas that I needed to articulate visually.” Silver’s graphic paintings are a fusion of inspiration that comes from graffiti, parking garages, street signs, architecture, street patterns, fashion, interior design and technology. Silver’s body of work includes non-representational compositions, as well as abstract paintings of coded words that reflect the entrepreneurial energy of the San Francisco Bay area and is owned by private collectors in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York and Connecticut.
Silver’s art career began in 1981 when she left her small town on the Space Coast of Florida to study fashion and art at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After 12 years of fashion design and a brief hiatus to start a family, Silver invented a kitchen gadget, a salad chopper known as the Toss & Chop, which launched her company, Silvermark, in 2002. The Toss & Chop went on to become a wild success and Wendy’s inspiring story was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, and was one of the biggest selling household items on QVC. Following the sale of Silvermark, which had grown to a line of over 100 kitchen products, in 2012 she was able to move to San Francisco to devote herself to painting full time. The one constant throughout her varied career has been her creativity and deep passion for painting and design.