Heading to SCOPE Miami Beach

IMG_20181121_101336364 (1)

Selecting and packing artwork bound for SCOPE Art Pavilion Miami Beach this week.  Drop by and see the show at JanKossen Contemporary, Booth H35, at 8th St and Ocean Drive in the heart of lively South Beach. Dates: December 4-9.  https://scope-art.com

http://www.jankossen.com

Last Week of Flip Side

Sylvie_48x36_acryliconcanvas

IMG_20170926_140213_377

Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan in the Studio

Flip Side, my solo exhibit at Hill Center Gallery in the Old Naval Hospital, is on display through June 23.

Location:  921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC.  http://www.hillcenterdc.org

Why I Paint Figures — Bob

IMG_20180111_164212413.jpg

Washington DC artist Leslie Nolan’s “Bob” 18″x14″ acrylic on canvas

I spent 33 years doing national security work for the federal government, travelling and working abroad in unstable, sometimes unsafe locations.  These experiences continue to directly impact my figurative paintings.

As described by Associate Curator Erica Harrison, Greater Reston Arts Center, the figures “seem to be on the fringe of existence, evoking distant thoughts of fleeting memories or dreams.”  It’s inevitable that my life experiences would evoke a general vulnerability of humans, as well as a celebration of resilience and the will to survive.  I find that regardless of culture, education, ethnicity, and social status, people all over the world have the same needs and desires.  They want safety and security. They desire a better life for themselves and their children.  My artwork reflects this universal concern of modern life.

Place a human figure in an image and immediately the picture takes on relevance.  It becomes personal.  It suggests a narrative. It’s open to questions – who, what, where, why, when.  For me, evoking these feelings and questions transforms the image into a deeper exploration of what it means to be human.

 

 

 

 

Rafe and Joao

Rafe_30x30_acryliconcanvas_web.jpg

Rafe 30″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas by Washington DC-artist Leslie Nolan

Joao_30x30_acryliconcanvas_web.jpg

Joao 30″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas by Leslie Nolan, Washington DC

During our cold snap here in Washington, DC over the holidays between visits and dinners and Santa I was able to get in some studio time to do these handsome young men.

Each has style and attitude.  Going for a hip, cool urban vibe, I tried to imbue the subjects with relaxed confidence.  These would be perfect for any home or office setting that needs refreshening.  Happy 2018!