- China Red, 2010
- Grey and Green Couple, 2011
- Grey Horizontal, 2016
- Scraped Miliori, 2016
- Dust, 2018
- Grey Turbulence, 2018
- Here/Gone, 2018
- Reflecting Black, 2018
- Silence Equals Extinction, 2018
- Where, 2018
- Why, 2018
- Circle and Turf Diptych, 2019
- Ghost Plaid, 2019
- It Might Be Possible, 2019
- Snow Diptych, 2019
- White Scratches, 2019
- Blue Blizzard/Crazy Lace, 2020
- Floating World, 2020
- Gathering, 2020
- High Anxiety, 2020
- Light Is Everything, 2020
- RBG, 2020
- Revolution, 2020
- Things Fall Apart, 2020
- Tidal Pool, 2020
- Things Work Out, 2021
- Wings Triptych, 2021
Lyshak’s aesthetic has undergone a gradual shift from illustrative figuration toward pure color field and monochrome abstraction, in some works combined with incised texts that repeat simple words and phrases. Her art remains directed toward contemplation of the self, but in her most recent canvases, she allows the material of paint itself to take center stage, establishing open fields of color and texture that allow for more open-ended interpretation. Dispensing with identifiable narrative and symbolism, she conjures moods and atmospheres that prompt a meditative gaze, a calm, mindful—and hard-won—form of looking.
--- Michael Wilson
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” New York painter Francie Lyshak cites Socrates’s irreducible maxim as an idea common to every phase of her extensive and affecting body of work. Often turning her focus inward to stare down and pick apart a lifetime of personal experience—some of it highly traumatic—she offers viewers a cascade of stories and spaces into which they can immerse themselves spiritually and emotionally as well as visually. Drawing on a training and professional career in art therapy, Lyshak wields her knowledge of painting as a tool for surveying the landscapes of mind and heart.
Lyshak began her artistic journey in Manhattan’s East Village in the 1970s, interacting with an extraordinary community of artists, musicians, and writers including Peter Hujar and David Wojnarowicz—a scene she documented in a series of interviews and images titled The Bar. During this period, Lyshak developed a style of painting that deviated from the prevailing trends of minimalism, Pop, and conceptual art. Combining dreamlike images of dolls and toys with human and animal figures, she set out to explore psychological themes from a feminist perspective, and in 1993 staged an exhibition that examined her own recovery from sexual abuse.
In the years following this pivotal undertaking, Lyshak’s aesthetic has undergone a gradual shift from illustrative figuration toward pure color field and monochrome abstraction, in some works combined with incised texts that repeat simple words and phrases. Her art remains directed toward contemplation of the self, but in her most recent canvases, she allows the material of paint itself to take center stage, establishing open fields of color and texture that allow for more open-ended interpretation. Dispensing with identifiable narrative and symbolism, she conjures moods and atmospheres that prompt a meditative gaze, a calm, mindful—and hard-won—form of looking.
Francie Lyshak studied art history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, then traveled to Paris to study painting for a summer. Returning to the United States, she studied for a BFA at the Center for Creative Studies and Wayne State University, both in Detroit. After earning an MPS in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute, New York, she designed and led community art service programs in New York and New Orleans and launched an art therapy program at Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. This professional immersion in art as a therapeutic tool influenced the focus of her subsequent visual practice on psychological experience.
Francie Lyshak has exhibited in solo exhibitions at venues around New York including, most often, La Mama La Galleria and Carter Burden Gallery. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues including La Mama La Galleria, Denise Bibro Fine Art, A.I.R. Gallery, RC Fine Arts, Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Carter Burden Gallery, and Stephen Harvey Fine Arts, showing work with curators and jurors including Alice Neel, Patterson Sims, and Paulina Pobocha.
Lyshak is the recipient of awards at competitions and events including the First Annual Prize Competition, Provincetown Arts Association and Museum; Museum of the Hudson Highlands Fourth Annual Competition, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; and Annual Faber Birren National Color Award. An upcoming one-person exhibition of her work is scheduled at The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College in 2021
Space & BeingPaintings by Francie Lyshak and Francine Tint 17 Jul - 14 Aug 2021The paintings of Francie Lyshak and Francine Tint are united as non-objective color-field explorations. However, the similarity ends as the two artists diverge: Lyshak's paintings are paced and meditative while Tint's canvases are full of emotive choreography. The glowing pigment fields in Francie Lyshak's canvases, scraped with sculptural marks, create...
Small Standing TallSmall Works by Big Artists 8 May - 5 Jun 2021Cross Contemporary Partners is pleased to present Small Standing Tall, an exhibition of small paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture by 12 mid-career artists. The exhibition is guest curated by Jen Dragon and hosted by the Joyce Goldstein Gallery at 19 Central Square, Chatham, NY with hours Thursday - Sunday 1:00-4:00pm....
REAL ABSTRACTIONFive Painters Beyond the Picture 16 Mar - 30 Nov 2021REAL ABSTRACTION: FIVE PAINTERS BEYOND THE PICTURE Can we see past what we see? Can we see more than we see? Can we see in a way that not only reveals what we haven’t been seeing, but has us see a whole different reality? These are the questions that abstract...
Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Exhibition Part IA Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Art by 11 Artists 1 Jul 2020 - 31 Oct 2021Cross Contemporary Partners launches a new virtual art exhibition space dedicated to digital representation of artwork on the internet. The Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Exhibition Part I presents eleven established artists whose distinguished careers span decades. The artists: Anne Hieronymus , Sol Hill , Kaethe Kauffman , Victoria Lowe , Francie Lyshak , Nancy Macko , Robert Mango , Deborah Masters , Bobbie Moline-Kramer...
Space & Being: Francie Lyshak and Francine TintARTISTS RECEPTION SATURDAY, JULY 17 4-6PM Jul 17, 2021The paintings of Francie Lyshak and Francine Tint are united as non-objective color-field explorations. However, the similarity ends as the two artists diverge: Lyshak’s paintings...
Small Standing Tall: OPENINGSmall Art by Big Artists May 8, 2021Cross Contemporary Partners is pleased to present Small Standing Tall, an exhibition of small paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture by 12 mid-career artists. The exhibition...
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Review: Space & Being - Francie Lyshak and Francine Tint at the Joyce Goldstein Galleryby Dominique Nahas july 29, 2021REVIEW Space & Being : Francie Lyshak and Francine Tint July 17 - August 14, 2021 Joyce Goldstein Gallery Chatham, New York By Dominique Nahas ©2021 Space & Being highlights the current work of painters Francie Lyshak and Francine Tint at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham NY. This exhibition, skillfully curated by independent curator Jen Dragon, is a striking example of how effectively a curator can conjoin two utterly dissimilar temperaments, creating a lively visual dynamic of differing yet far-ranging emotive resonances. This overall dynamic at the Joyce Goldstein...
Francie Lyshak: Mysterious VisionsArtist Talk at the Phillips Museum, Franklin and Marshall at Franklin & Marshall College February 9, 2021 February 20, 2021'Francie Lyshak: Mysterious Visions,' an exhibit displaying hopes for healing, appropriate in this era of anxiety, opens in the Dana Gallery at the Phillips Museum...
Virtual Studio Visit with Painter Francie LyshakFrancie Lyshak discusses her work and process in this Instagram Live interview with Cross Contemporary Partners' Jen Dragon November 14, 2020Cross Contemporary Partners' Director, Jen Dragon, interviewed painter Francie Lyshak about her paintings and exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. Ms....
Francie LyshakFrancie Lyshak: "Inside Outside" at the Carter Burden Gallery, Chelsea NYC, June 4 - July 5, 2020 June 28, 2020“Inside Outside” features Francie Lyshak’s most recent abstract work of monochromatic oil paintings. In these pieces Lyshak concentrates on the interaction of painted colored surfaces...