Washington Project for the Arts

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Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan Exhibits at WPA Auction Gala

7 Curators +100+ Artists

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7-11 pm

1333 H Street NW, Washington DC – three blocks from the White House

Cocktails, dinner, curated silent auction, dance party

Fancifully irreverent attire

For tickets, artist & curator info, and more visit http://www.wpadc.org, or contact Nathalie von Veh at nvonveh@wpadc.org

 

Nolan @ WPA Auction Gala

https://www.wpadc.org/about/people/leslie-nolan

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Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC Artist, Working In the Studio

The Washington Project of the Arts Auction Gala is coming up Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7-11 pm.  Am thrilled to be one of the featured artists displaying a painting selected by WPA Board Member Rod Von Lipsey.  Tickets for this special Washington, DC event can be purchased on the WPA website.  In the interim, the link above features a Q and A with yours truly.

Nolan @ Strathmore

Check out Face To Face:  Portraits By Leslie Nolan and Scott Hutchison on exhibit now through April 17, 2016 at the Invitational Gallery, The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

My portraits are not meant to be a technical likeness of a particular person, but to depict what is felt rather than what is seen.  Because I spent another career keeping secrets in my work abroad, my current interest is to express in painting universal feelings which remain largely hidden in real life.  Many of us cloak ourselves behind a veneer of success and confidence despite situations in our lives which wreak havoc with our emotions.  In these artworks, we peek into the subjects’ inner worlds as economic, political and social realities swirl around them.

 

 

 

“Face to Face” Opens at Strathmore

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Washington DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Eight figurative paintings of mine are now featured at Strathmore in this exciting two-artist show.  On exhibit through mid-April, “Face to Face” coincides with the delightful Japanese-inspired exhibit of kimonos, prints & textiles titled “Timeless Transformation,” part of the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Many thanks to curator Harriet Lesser and Gallery Visual Arts Coordinator Gabrielle Tillenburg for their support and expertise.

Face to Face: Portraits By Leslie Nolan & Scott Hutchison

Strathmore Mansion Invitational Gallery

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD       301.581.5146      strathmore.org

Feb 27 – April 17, 2016       Opening Reception Sunday Feb 28, 2 pm

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Backward in Time by Leslie M. Nolan

At Strathmore With “Face to Face”

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Contemporary Fine Art by Leslie Nolan

Getting ready to install my 8-piece show at Strathmore.  Curator Harriet Lesser has paired me with another artist for this exciting exhibit in the Invitational Gallery:

FACE TO FACE:

PORTRAITS BY LESLIE NOLAN & SCOTT HUTCHINSON

Saturday February 27 – Sunday April 17, 2016

Opening Reception Thursday March 3 at 7 pm

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD

http://www.strathmore.org

The theme for the exhibit is based on our work in portraiture, examining the individual points of view of two artists.  For my own selections, my “portraits” convey emotion.  They’re not meant to be a technical likeness of a particular person.  Whether beginning with a model or photograph of a model, I then distort and exaggerate the pose or expression to suggest controlled chaos.  I imagine the individual in these paintings as reacting to money or job-related issues, loneliness, semi-stable environments, or familial concerns.  Filled with ambiguity, the paintings are meant to invite the viewer to make a personal interpretation.

New York City With Gallery NK

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Dis Six by Washington, DC Contemporary Artist Leslie Nolan

Great news — My artwork will be heading to the Big Apple in April.  Yes, New York City for the huge show Art Expo with Gallery NK.    More on this exciting event as we get closer to spring.

Right now I’m getting used to the new studio space.  There is nothing like a pristine clean space and an untouched white canvas to give an artist pause.  It’s somewhat of a daunting prospect. New tarp on the floor, fresh plastic protecting recently drywalled areas, and the painting table formerly used to hold the computer is unmarked, too.  I started slowly with a small painting for a show this May for The Arts Club of Washington, and that allowed me to go farther and really christen the studio this week with spilled and dripped paint from a larger canvas.  The upshot — all feels back to normal and congenial to mark-making.

The Leslie Nolan Art Studio-Water Damage

Last month my studio experienced the dreaded “water damage,” resulting in the loss of lots of older artwork, ruined walls and equipment, and finally a month long rehabilitation/reconstruction project.  During this time, of course, no new artwork could be done.

Now, however, like a phoenix this studio has been transformed into an efficient, spacious workplace.  Forced to clean out billiard and ping pong tables, hiking/camping gear, canoe, skis, etc., I ultimately found breathing and thinking room.

So, while I don’t recommend water as a method of renewal, in this case the damage spurred some much needed change. Every once in a while clearing out the space one uses for inspiration can prove stimulating to creativity.

Below, some after photographs and one image of the space in a state of massive confusion while fresh wallboard replaces the water-logged stuff.   I am definitely now ready to start some new art pieces!

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Nolan at Miami

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Artwork of Washington, DC contemporary artist Leslie Nolan at SPECTRUM during Art Basel Miami Week

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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

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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.