Mike Silva
Mark, 2016
Oil on canvas
106.7 x 76.2 cm (42.01 x 30 in) 

Detail, Place to Be, Mark, 2016

Mike Silva
Michael, 2016
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm (31.5 x 23.62 in) 

Mike Silva
Morning Light, 2016
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 71.1 cm (40 x 27.99 in) 

Mike Silva
Pedro, 2016
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm (31.5 x 23.62 in) 

Detail, Place to Be, Pedro, 2016

Detail, Place to Be, Pedro, 2016​

Mike Silva
Studio Doors, 2016
Oil on canvas
81.3 x 76.2 cm (32.01 x 30 in) 

Detail, Place to Be, Studio Doors, 2016

Mike Silva
Window, 2016
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 76.2 cm (30 x 30 in) 

Detail, Place to Be, Window, 2016​

Mike Silva
Kitchen, 2016
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 66 cm (40 x 25.98 in) 

Detail, Place to Be, Kitchen, 2016

Mike Silva
Kitchen Table, 2016
Oil on canvas
92 x 112 cm (36.22 x 44.09 in) 

Mike Silva
Towels, 2016
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm (31.5 x 23.62 in) 

Mike Silva
Cactus, 2017
Oil on canvas
76 x 51 cm (29.92 x 20.08 in) 

Mike Silva
Jason Smoking, 2016
Oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm (24.02 x 20.08 in) 

Mike Silva
Reflected Trees, 2016
Oil on canvas
82 x 102 cm (32.28 x 40.16 in) 

Mike Silva
Jason, 2016
Oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm (24.02 x 20.08 in) 

Mike Silva
The Gate, 2016
Oil on canvas
152.4 x 121.9 cm (60 x 47.99 in) 

Mike Silva
Window Sill II, 2016
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 61 cm (30 x 24.02 in) 

Mike Silva
Winter Light, 2016
Oil on canvas
71.5 x 102.5 cm (28.15 x 40.35 in) 

Mike Silva
Sergio, 2016
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm (23.62 x 19.69 in) 

Mike Silva
Mirrors, 2017
Oil on canvas
65.5 x 66 cm (25.79 x 25.98 in) 

Detail, Place to Be, Mirrors, 2016

Mike Silva - Place to Be

February 17 – March 25, 2017

During his recovery from a serious illness last year Mike Silva started to make two series of paintings, separate but connected by the artist as the central player. Following his brush with mortality he began to look through old photographs of his lovers, which became the subjects for portraits. He also started to make paintings of his immediate surroundings, banal interiors, paintings almost of nothing in particular. Nothing in particular to us, the viewer but very particular to the artist. These are paintings of his bathroom, his kitchen table, his coffee pot, his studio window. Or, more particularly, the light hitting his coffee pot, or filtering through his t-shirt, hung to dry in front of his studio window. These are quietly celebratory paintings. Paintings of love, light, time, memory, place. I have loved these men. I am here. The light coming through my bathroom window is beautiful today. I am alive. Like a contemporary Hammershøi enjoying dust motes floating in the sunlight.