In the Studio

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Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan in the Studio

Making new paintings and enjoying the fall light coming in the studio windows. This fabulous sunny weather gives off an aura of well-being, which translates to lively, exciting work.

Forget painstaking, impeccably rendered images. I’m talking free-flowing gestures. Intuitive sweeps of the brush. It feels like endless possibilities.

Seduction + Gallery Talk

Yesterday’s Gallery Talk

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Artist Leslie Nolan with Gallery Director Twig Murray and Dr Erich Keel, retired Kreeger Museum art educator and historian

Lovely turnout with lively discussion at the Gallery Talk for my solo exhibit Seduction at Athenaeum Gallery.  Athenaeum is the jewel in the crown for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association. A beautiful, grand historic building that survived the Civil War as an army hospital, it is situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, VA, two blocks from the Potomac River from where you can see the Washington DC skyline.

How did this exhibit come about?  I had approached Gallery Director Twig Murray about exhibition opportunities, and she promptly dropped by the studio to see for herself.  Immediately falling in love with the massive pink and gray painting of a face (60″x96″ “Pulled By What Would Be”), she then and there offered me a solo for the following year.

Two months ago, Twig selected the rest of the artwork, including, to my delight, several recently completed paintings.  Artists always favor what they’ve just completed, because they’re moving forward, growing, changing.  It’s great when a gallerist encourages innovation, taking a risk, so to speak, on something different.

Stop by and catch the show, on exhibit through September 17.  Co-sponsored by Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC.

Preparing for Solo at Athenaeum

IMG_20170429_111308082These two new paintings will be featured in my upcoming August 2017 solo exhibition – Seduction – at the Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Athenaeum Gallery.

Both pieces, 36″x60″ acrylic on canvas, feature a man with great dignity and power, yet the images are infused with color and an other-worldly feeling.  Ambiguity, uncertainty, perhaps fleeting glimpses of reality infuse these abstracted visuals of modern life.

 

Making New Artwork

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Studio of Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan’

In anticipation of the upcoming solo exhibit August 10 through September 17 at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria,VA, working on some new paintings. So far, they’re all about the drip. Is there such a thing as too much? Perhaps, in fact, probably. But, my plan is to push the limits. Many thanks to Gallery Director/curator Twig Murray and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association for the sponsorship.

Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia

Opening – August 13 Sunday 4-6 pm
Gallery Talk – September 10 2pm with special guest Dr Erich Keel (former head of Education at the Kreeger Museum)

At Susan Calloway Fine Arts

Serge, 30″x30″, by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

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These newly completed paintings are now available at Georgetown’s Susan Calloway Fine Arts — 1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007.  http://www.callowayart.com

This grouping of paintings features fresh jazzy figures that have the feel of society on the edge. With  mostly vivid colors and painterly brush strokes, I’ve tried to maintain a blur between the real and imagined.   They have a contemporary aesthetic that’s infused with emotional tension.

As always, ambiguity and ambivalence rule.  All interpretations of these figures remain valid, possible, even probable.  I prefer that my paintings address those things that do not lend themselves to easy description.

Art In Situ

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Selecting the right artwork can be tricky.  It’s always a good idea to see it in a residential setting – a test for tone and style within a room.  I personally like art that makes me think and provides a lively counterpoint to otherwise static elements of furniture.  Some people prefer a more peaceful, languid feeling.  Everyone has a different goal for their personal space.

Regardless of preference, trying something out in the room for size and impact makes sense.  Whether stimulating or calming, a one of a kind, handmade work of art will elevate the area and make it special.  If it doesn’t work, you can always return it to the gallery for another piece that meshes just right with your preferences and objectives.

Here, I’ve displayed some newish pieces at home before delivery to the gallery.  Each makes a unique focal point, but I think they look good together, too.