Why I Paint Figures — Bob

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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

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

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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!

Just Finished Artwork

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This gallery contains 2 photos.

  Two acrylic-on-canvas paintings with completely different feel and affect.  One, young vital, upright and confident — the other, a study in motion and instability, tentative and anxious.   The colors remain the same, only reversed.  But, gestural brushwork and pose … Continue reading

Seduction on Exhibit

 

Opening of Seduction at the Athenaeum.  Some 14 artworks of mine, including many brand new pieces never exhibited before. Thanks to Athenaeum Gallery Director Twig Murray and the wonderful staff, as well as Susan Calloway and her great staff at Susan Calloway Fine Arts for making this exhibition possible.

Gallery Talk takes place Sunday Sept 10 at 2 pm with myself and Dr L Erich Keel, formerly Head of Education with the Kreeger Museum of Washington DC

 

Seduction @ Athenaeum

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Washington DC-artist Leslie Nolan with Pulled By What Would Be

In partnership with Susan Calloway Fine Arts of Washington DC, the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria VA presents Seduction, a solo exhibition of paintings by Leslie Nolan.

Seduction

Aug 10-Sept 17

Athenaeum Gallery

201 Prince St, Alexandria VA

Gallery Hours are Thurs, Fri and Sun, 12-4 pm; Sat, 1-4 pm

Opening Reception:  Sunday, Aug 13, 4-6 pm

Gallery Talk:  Sunday Sept 10, 2 pm

The Gallery Talk features the artist and Dr L Erich Keel, formerly Head of Education at the Kreeger Museum in Washington DC.

 

Seduction at Athenaeum

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Leslie Nolan at Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria VA, along with Susan Calloway Fine Arts of Washington DC (which represents me in this area), present Seduction, a solo exhibit featuring my newest paintings.

ATHENAEUM

201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 703.548.0035 NVFAA.org

Seduction –Aug 10 – Sept 17

Opening reception Sunday Aug 13, 4-6 pm

Gallery Talk Sunday, Sept 10, 2 pm

The gallery talk will feature both me and Dr. L. Erich Keel.  Dr. Keel served as Head of Education for the Kreeger Museum until his retirement in 2013.  Currently he lectures on twentieth-century German art, leads art-themed study tours to Europe, and serves as a volunteer curator for the Arts Club of Washington exhibition program.  Keel earned a Ph.D. in Critical Theory from Emory University.

Gallery hours are Thursday Friday and Sunday from 12-4 pm;  Saturday from 1-4 pm.