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)

Architectural Digest Design Show NYC

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AD Design Show NYC on Piers 92 and 94 March 16-19, 2017. 

ARTIFACT Booth 519

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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.

Readying for Artifact Gallery Solo

fbcover2017Some of my newest work that will feature in a solo exhibit at New York City’s Artifact Gallery during March 2017.

It’s always challenging to put together a cohesive, yet excitingly surprising exhibit.   Style, canvas size, color, texture, pose, feeling, and theme all contribute to making a consistent message. But, it’s critical to shake things up with punctuation marks that give a rhythmic jolt to the whole.  Like music, visual arts rely on surprise, sparkle, and the unexpected riff for interest and dash.

Once everything has been painted, the critical curatorial step remains:  move the artwork around the space until the show taps out a lively beat with plenty of unanticipated punctuation.

Until then, find my artwork every day at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, in Washington, DC’s trendy, historic Georgetown.

SPECTRUM Miami 2016

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Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan at SPECTRUM Miami Art Show with Gallery NK

By all accounts the SPECTRUM  Miami Art Show this year was a great success for Gallery NK.  Lots of interest, buyers and commentary by the many patrons/collectors who throng to Art Basel Miami Beach and its 20 satellite fairs during this special week.  The Gallery staff did a great job hanging my wall – it looked amazing.  It’s great to have a professional team taking care of everything.