Guided by raw intuition, I explore the effect of hue, tone, line and brushwork. By eliminating peripheral details and narrative, I depict a non-specific interior or exterior place. Color and brushwork lend a sense of mood and dynamism to each work. This results in paintings that are abstractions of vacant landscapes or empty rooms. All the paintings are meditative by virtue of the effect on the viewer who is invited to join in the contemplation of a place that is unknowable because it is devoid of details. By stripping away pictorial devices that define meaning, this work leaves the viewer to find his/her own meaning by focusing within. As such, each painting becomes a meditation space--a place to observe the ebb and flow of personal associations. These works invite the viewer to grapple with solitude and ambiguity.
Francie Lyshak is an East Village painter who has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in New York City and vicinity. Her work has been selected by artists (Alice Neel and Barbara Ess) and curators (Paterson Sims and Barbara Haskell) for juried exhibitions. In 2009 her work was chosen for an award by Paulina Pobocha, assistant curator of MOMA, at the Fabir Birren National Color Award Show. Her work has been written about by Gary Indiana in New York Magazine and Joe Voitko in Review Magazine. She is a published author of a book of her prose and paintings. Her studies in Paris, Detroit and NYC culminated in a Master’s degree from Pratt Institute. In addition to painting, she designed and led hospital and community art service programs in New York City and in post-Katrina New Orleans. The new paintings can be seen at www.FrancieLyshakNewPaintings.com and www.FrancieLyshak.com.