In the studio

There’s something about September in the studio. With the door open to the woods outside, the air feels different. Like the coming of fall. Full of hope and refreshing cool breezes. One of my favorite collectors left the studio yesterday with a captivating large artwork for a new space. As always, I’m humbled when collectors knock on my door for more. And, I’m on fire to do more…

“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

 

Divergent Images @callowayart.com

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

My solo exhibit at Calloway Fine Art & Consulting is now available online for viewing and for purchasing:

http://callowayart.com/divergent-impulses

You’ll find 15 artworks as well as a video featuring a visit with me behind the scenes in my studio.

 

 

 

 

Curve Gallery Maryland Federation of Art

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This orange figure is 60×36 inches, acrylic and house paint on canvas by Washington, DC-artist Leslie M. Nolan

Very honored to be juried into the Spring Exhibit of the prestigious Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis.  Originally planned for the Circle Gallery, the coronavirus pandemic has caused the exhibit to be online at the organization’s virtual Curve Gallery.  Check it out at http://www.mdfedart.com.

A big thanks to juror Paul Reuther, artist and teacher at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.  He also teaches at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, DC.  In addition, I want to highlight the terrific work of the talented staff of Maryland Federation of Art for their considerable efforts during this difficult period.

The exhibit is available online through May 30 and this piece is for sale.

 

In Situ

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It’s important to see artwork in a room to envision how it might look to live with every day.  I prefer art that commands attention, catches at a glance, and doesn’t blend into the wallpaper.  This sitting room is made vibrant and relevant with interesting, dynamic paintings filled with color and attitude. It looks young and filled with potential.  Check out my artwork available at Calloway Fine Art & Consulting in Washington, DC’s prestigious Georgetown area.

Josie

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Josie – 48″x36″ painting by Washington DC artist Leslie M. Nolan

This painting proved to be a joy.  A young woman in a hoodie, she sometimes appears Madonna-like, then later as a wide-eyed gamine.  Either way she exudes an arresting, fresh quality that could be every lass.  Available in the studio.

Current Art Fair – Gerard

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Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan Gerard, 40″x30″

I like the way this painting tackles the feeling of a man perfectly adapted to his surroundings, fully at ease and intent on his business, dealing with whatever needs to be accomplished despite or because of the weather.  It exemplifies the spirit of individuals who are confident and capable — self-actualized.  Qualities I greatly admire.

Current Art Fair, Richmond, VA

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Hal, 40×30 inch painting by Leslie Nolan

I’m honored to be representing Calloway Fine Arts & Consulting with this painting and one other (see the previous post) at the Current Art Fair in Richmond, VA.  The fair runs from October 24-27 — a perfect drive during Fall.  These exciting contemporary artworks would look terrific in any space.  For more information:  http://www.currentartfair.com