Exhibition Dates: May 2 - May 31, 2019
7 Franklin Place
New York, NY 10013
May 9, 2019
NYA Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by visual artist and photographer Michael Francis. His suite of fine art prints entitled “Studies For New Guernica” will be on display from Thursday, May 2nd until Friday, May 31st. Created through an artistic collaboration called SilverHaus, this haunting series of five prints was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s canonical painting Guernica (1937). SilverHaus was inspired to re-imagine and re-interpret some of the visual elements from the modernist masterwork using both photography and digital imaging techniques. Whereas Picasso’s painting was a powerful form of artistic protest and lamentation condemning atrocities committed in the Basque region by the military dictator Francisco Franco, SilverHaus’s collection of images offer an equally powerful statement against the use of chemical weapons and drones extensively seen in recent conflicts in the Middle East, particularly Syria and Yemen.
Michael Francis, Agony, 2019. Archival quality inkjet print on Somerset Velvet paper.
“Art is a very powerful tool for highlighting ethical and moral issues that should be the subject of debate” said Michael Francis, director of visualization for the SilverHaus collaboration, “we hope that ‘Studies For New Guernica’ will be a catalyst in creating that debate.”
“Studies For New Guernica” is part of the Michael Francis premiere collection on display in the main gallery area. The collection will remain on view throughout May 2019. Visitors may see these impressive prints during regular gallery hours, Monday through Sunday from 12-5pm. For more information, please call (917) 472-9015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937. Oil on canvas, dimensions: 349.3 x 776.6 cm. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, register number DE00050.
Michael is a long-time photographer who has embraced today’s digital tools to enhance, not replace the camera. His goal is to take a moment of reality and turn it into a unique piece of art. He is particularly excited when he is able to provide commentary on contemporary issues. He believes in bold statements, loves the Art Deco period and the work of great artists like Picasso and Munch. His work will be on display in New York until the end of May.
SilverHaus is a new creative collaboration between Laysa (creative director and visual artist) and Michael Francis (director of visualization, digital artist and photographer). The SilverHaus mission is to combine traditional and contemporary artistic techniques with photography to develop unique statements and vision. It seeks to work in the space between reality and dreams, creating new perspectives on society and paying tribute to artists that have been influential in the development of our thinking.