Naked to the Bone

This exciting solo exhibit features many of my newest abstract figurative paintings. Like all of my artwork, it explores the blur between reality and the imagined, depicting emotions and feelings.

The title Naked to the Bone is particularly apt because it comes from one of my favorite poems by Pacific Northwest poet Theodore Roethke, much celebrated in the 1950s and 1960s. The poem “Open House” expresses the emotion of having your innermost feelings on show – I think it has particular relevance for this special exhibition:

“My secrets cry aloud…I’m naked to the bone”

d”Art Center Norfolk, VA Solo Exhibition

Am selecting pieces from the studio for my upcoming solo exhibit at d’Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia July 1 – 25, 2021. This newly completed painting, Roy 48×48 inches, may make the cut. I particularly like the way the black color grounds and strengthens the figure, making a powerful and compelling statement against the lush background. It epitomizes the rich relationship between ourselves and our surroundings, often at odds, yet inevitably part of one another.

d”Art Center Norfolk, VA Solo Exhibition

New Work for Spring

Love these bold and colorful faces I just completed. They’re fun and a true celebration of color. They feel alive!

Harris

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The studio in winter, with good light streaming in from window doors, makes a happy place to be as wild and crazy, bold and risky, unexpected and original as any artist could desire. Neatness does not count! The important thing is to try something new. Trust oneself.

Sara

Sara, painting on canvas 48″x36″ by Washington, DC artist Leslie M. Nolan

This is the first painting of 2021 completed in the studio. The January chill in the air mandates bundlng up in painted layers of silk, flannel, wool, and down quilting. Perhaps that explains the choice of white and icy blue in Sara, above. The rust-red helps to impart a warmer feel to this free-wheeling painting. I think we should all be celebrating the move into a new year promising hope and change. Fingers crossed!

Standing Out

Three new pieces in the studio. Left to right: Jesse 20×20; Sonny 36×36; Sigrid 20×20

Love the feel of these three pieces. Each carries his/her own personality and character, filled with ambiguity and charm, strength and concern. Their commonality lies in their uniqueness – a singular take on modern life and survival. Each individual is one of a kind, exceptional and extraordinary. Every human being carries a unique signature, like DNA, that reflects how life has been lived and how it’s to be continued. Rare, strange and different are high accolades, not something to be shunned. Better to stand out than fit in.

Contact the artist for details: leslie@leslienolan.com

Or, gallery@callowayart.com

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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…

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 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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1643 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007

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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.