American Psychologist Association

I Went, Not Looking Back, 36×36 painting on canvas by Washington, DC artist Leslie M. Nolan

I’m so honored to have my enigmatic painting on the cover of the September 2020 issue of American Psychologist Journal. Now in the custody of one of my collectors, this painting has always been one of my favorites. I like the color, the movement, and the ambiguity. I feel yellow always conveys hopeful and positive emotions

The title comes from a beloved poem by Theodore Roethke, a Pacific Northwest poet much beloved during my undergraduate years. Both poem and painting exude a sense of loss as well as moving on into the future. The image imagines a confidence and purpose as the figure continues on the journey. More on this in a future post.

Happy fall to all of you.

Jesse

Jesse, 20×20 painting on stretched canvas by Washington, DC artist Leslie M. Nolan

Just completed this darling small painting, which I think exemplifies the confusion, uncertainty and bizarre-ness of this current era of coronavirus pandemic. In addition to real danger from the spreading virus, our entire way of life has altered, creating a need to adapt in a unique environment.

Jesse, an imaginary figure, will thrive and serve to remind us of this historic period in our lives long into the future.

Artwork available through Calloway Fine Art & Consulting

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“Oluf” at Ethos

Washington, DC-artist Leslie M. Nolan’s “Oluf”

This highly personal artwork has just been juried into the National Exhibition “Ethos: Spirit of Community” at the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts Gallery. Opening on August 1, 2020, the exhibit runs through the month, featuring work juried by guest curator Carolyn Goodridge.

“Oluf,” 36×36 inches is an acrylic painting on stretched canvas completed in 2019. The artwork is a highly personal image, the imaginary visage of my great grandfather Oluf who immigrated to Montana from Norway in 1857. Having left his home due to crop failures and economic poverty, he sought a better life in the United States, and became one of the earliest pioneers in the Farmington area where he ranched and raised a family.

His story in this painting exudes the feeling of independence, resourcefulness, tenacity and daring which characterizes both strong pioneer temperament and immigrant experience.

New Artwork – New Exhibit

img_20200520_140116595This is a small sample of my solo Divergent Impulses at Calloway Fine Art & Consulting in Washington, DC, available online through June 5.  All new and exciting figurative work out of my imagination. Most of the 15 paintings featured in the show are 36×48 canvases. I think they make any room in the home or office more interesting.

Check out:

https://callowayart.com/divergent-impulses

 

Sylvie

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Sylvie, 48×36 painting on canvas by Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC artist

Proud to display Sylvie, above, in the studio after this summer’s exhibition at CATO Institute’s “Freedom: Art as the Messenger” in Washington, DC.  Bold, stark, and arresting, Sylvie commands attention in a thoughtful way, open to many and varied interpretation.  While minimal in execution, it’s packed with potential in terms of content.  It looks great on any wall.  Contact me for purchase. Cheers

Raul

Raul

Raul, painting on canvas, by Washington DC artist Leslie M. Nolan

Just completed and available in the studio.  Sized 36×36 inches, Raul appears enigmatic with eyes that have much to say if only we could interpret them.  This kind of painting thrills me with its ambiguity and arresting quality.  It makes one think.  It’s not just pretty wallpaper.

Olaf

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36×36 painting on canvas by Washington, DC area artist Leslie M. Nolan

Newly completed and available in my Virginia studio. Contact me directly – leslie@leslienolan.com

Marin MOCA – Content Matters

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Corrected Vision, 36×36 inch acrylic on canvas by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

This enigmatic piece has been accepted into the national juried exhibition of the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California.  The exhibition, “Content Matters,” features “consequential work that tells stories and captures the attention of visitors.”

My painting is the first in my “Corrected Vision”  series which addresses feeling and seeing and the moment when one’s ideas have finally clarified.  Sometimes we are  blinded by misperception, wishful thinking and faulty logic.  This series of paintings reflects the moment of clarity when truth is revealed.  We have all experienced periods of being mislead or of assuming the best, and I think everyone can empathize with the emotion of finally recognizing the stark truth.

The exhibition’s curator and judge is well-known San Francisco gallerist Jack Fischer.  Thanks to Marin MOCA for the opportunity!  If you’re in the area, stop by and check out the show.  This artwork is for sale.

Content Matters

Marin MOCA — 500 Palm Drive, Novato, CA  – – marinmoca.org  —  info@marinmoca.org

June 15 – August 4, 2019 —  Opening Reception June 15, 5-7 p.m.

 

Freedom: Art as the Messenger

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Sylvie, 48×36 Painting on Canvas by Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan

I am honored to have been selected for CATO Institute’s inaugural national juried exhibition, Freedom:  Art as the Messenger.  Many thanks to jurors and curators Harriet Lesser and June Linowitz for the opportunity.  This artwork is for sale.

Freedom means something different to every person, yet its value is a common bond between Americans.  This exhibition aims to provide a unifying platform of civility and creativity, sharing innovative and thought-provoking perspectives on freedom and the enduring need for its protection.

The art exhibition is free and open to the public.  Please join me at the opening reception.

Where:  CATO Institute,1000 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

When:   April 11 – June 14, 2019, Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm

For more information about curator’s tours, as well as a series of evening conversations with featured guest commentators, check out exhibition@cato.org

 

Overland Park National Juried Exhibition

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Rafe, 30×30 acrylic on canvas by Washington, DC artist Leslie Nolan

Very honored to have two of my paintings selected for the prestigious City of Overland Park, KS, National Juried Exhibition.  Rafe, above, one of the selected works, is a wonderfully expressive painting that defines the fast pace of contemporary life and would look terrific either in the office or at home. It makes me think!  And, it seems to emanate both energy and wit, in addition to sporting a color palette that works with any wall.

Many thanks to the talented artist Johne Richardson who served as guest juror for the exhibition.