Art Miami Week-Gallery NK

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A great week exhibiting with Gallery NK, meeting friends, and checking out art museums, galleries, and fairs along with Art Basel.  Good to be home and to paint again…

Nolan at Miami’s Art Basel Week


SPECTRUM Miami Art Show with Gallery NK

 WHEN           December 2-6, 2015

LOCATION    1700 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33132

BOOTH           S1108

It’s always exciting to participate in Miami’s sprawling and exciting Art Basel Week.  This will be my third year showing artwork there, and I want to thank Washington, DC’s Gallery NK for featuring my artwork and providing this great opportunity in Miami.  In particular, Owner and Director Nihal Kececi  has been tremendously helpful and supportive.

Gallery NK will be displaying four artworks in my Corrected Vision series — all newly completed in the past 6 months.

Washington, DC artists are always well-received and omnipresent throughout Miami during the week.  Some twenty art fairs, several art museums and tons of galleries, individual artists, and arts aficionados crowd the streets, sidewalks, and beaches.  It is really something!   Honored to be rubbing shoulders with so many art fans and talented artists.

As a reminder, I remain represented at Washington, DC by Susan Calloway Fine Arts in historic Georgetown.


Leslie Nolan “Mixed Messages”

Leslie Nolan's "Which Is The Way"

Leslie Nolan’s “Which Is The Way”

Check out this cool video of my solo exhibit, “Mixed Messages” at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD.  Great venue, great staff, great volunteers.  I am so honored to have been selected for a solo exhibit at this fabulous institution dedicated to the arts. The exhibit features ten paintings — all big heads.

Videographer George L. Miller collaborated with me on this film and I want to thank him for all his suggestions and for his keen professionalism.

Installation at Susan Calloway Fine Arts

Leslie Nolan (right) with Susan Calloway, owner of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Leslie Nolan (right) with Susan Calloway, owner of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Yesterday we delivered ten beautiful, new paintings to Susan Calloway Fine Arts (SCFA) for my first solo exhibit at the gallery.  Susan thoughtfully had a full staff on hand to unpack and hang all the artwork.  Next thing I knew, one of my pieces was hanging front and center in the window overlooking Wisconsin Avenue – – it looks quite fine there.

It’s great to work with supportive and gracious professionals.  The gallery staff really know their business and have a great eye for matching the perfect artwork with their client’s tastes and desires.  It’s an honor to be associated with SCFA.  And, a thrill to have a big show there.

Inner/Outer by Leslie Nolan at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC in the heart of Georgetown on exhibit now.  Opening reception September 18th, 6-8 pm.

Revisiting “Outliers” @ Caton Merchant Gallery

Outliers1blog A few years ago the gracious Anna Mish, Director at Caton Merchant Family Gallery in Manassas, Virginia, favored me with a solo exhibit at her wonderful space in this charming and historic town.  Reprising here some scenes from that show, “Outliers.”

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Big Yellow Painting

In the Studio of Leslie Nolan

In the Studio of Leslie Nolan

Think this piece, 48″x48″, is finished.  I like the mono-colored look and the horizontal strokes used for the background.  Something different.

They say it takes two people to make an artwork:  one to paint and the other to say when to stop.  The process can be an interesting conundrum. It’s easy to constantly tweak, fix and improve, but  the risk entails overworking an artwork to the point of weariness that was meant to be fresh and vital.   Much better overall to try something new.  Just go for it.  Just own it.


More Corrected Visions

Leslie M. Nolan's work in the studio

Leslie M. Nolan’s work in the studio

Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan's "Corrected Vision"

Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan’s “Corrected Vision”

These new paintings are meant to complement Corrected Vision, now on exhibit through August 1 at McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) in its curated and juried exhibit “Strictly Painting.”  Curated by senior curator for modern and contemporary art at The Phillips Collection.

If you miss the MPA show, some or all of these will be in my solo exhibit in September at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Georgetown.

I like the idea of playing with an idea and carrying it further.  Kind of like expressing a different tone or meaning of the same subject matter.  For these paintings, the subject revolves around one idea:  young or old, it’s easy to develop a blind spot.  Maybe that’s called survival.  Maybe denial.

McLean Project for the Arts

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‘Unfiltered’ at Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

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Fabulous opening at Touchstone Gallery of my “Unfiltered” exhibit.

Night Poem, Or?

"Night Poem" by Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan  40"Wx60"H

“Night Poem” by Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan

I just finished this large piece, and at the last minute I decided I liked it best in a vertical vice horizontal formal.  The cool thing is that when hung vertically the right side looks terrifically interesting with the drips against the bare canvas around the edge.   Installed in a room in the house, this artwork has an enigmatic, yet rich feel, because I used some gray Duron wall paint the same as the wall color.   With a black chair in front of it the painting enhances the room, conveying an ultra modern chic.  It’s not meant to be decorative, however.  Read into the image whatever you like – seascape, landscape, fencing, snowy evening, icy roadway…It’s up to you.

Happy New Year

Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan's "This Can't Go On"

Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan’s “This Can’t Go On”

Just finished this new artwork – loose, exciting and unforgettable.  Have been thinking a lot about my mother and that there exists a linkage between mothers and daughters that transcends time, distance, and culture.  My mother has been and always will be my strength.  This artwork, though it bears no resemblance to her, has a strength and implacable perseverance that puts me in mind of her.

This upcoming new year represents a break from the past, so I have joined a new gallery, Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown, Washington, DC and am working on solo shows slated for September at both Calloway and the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD.  2015 should be a fabulous year.

I wish you all the best!