Greater Reston Arts Center – GRACE

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Under Wraps 4 by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Mary B. Howard Artist Member Exhibition

Excited to have been chosen by curator Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA to exhibit “Under Wraps 4″ at the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, VA from June 30 – August 27, 2016.  Just completed two months ago, this 36″ x 48” painting forms part of a new series.

Exaggerated features, in-your-face, bold, and drippy all describe this painting.  GRACE  enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a cutting edge gallery featuring the best of current artwork from around the country.  It’s mission is to promote excellence in contemporary visual art.

Opening  Reception:  June 30, 2016, 6-8 pm

GRACE:  12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA 20190    restonarts.org

 

 

 

 

Artexpo New York City

Washington, DC’s Gallery NK has been representing me at special art fairs outside of town. I was one of a handful of their artists to exhibit at Artexpo New York City on pier 94.  Held during April 14-17, the event drew designers, collectors, and art enthusiasts.

I very much like the way Gallery NK displayed a selection of my new Corrected Vision paintings — all 36″x36″ acrylic on canvas.  Because the gallery boasts a collection of very talented, skilled, and innovative artists from around the world, I consider myself fortunate to be showcasing my own work with them.

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Gallery NK at Artexpo New York City

In addition to myself, exhibiting artists included Steffen Faisst, Nihal Kececi (Gallery NK owner), Julia Hacker, Alfredo Palmero, Thomas Dodd.

My thanks to Nihal Kececi of Gallery NK for the support and expert assistance in exhibiting at these world class international fairs.

Just a reminder:

Susan Calloway Fine Arts represents me exclusively in the Washington, DC area. 

Located in the heart of Georgetown at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC, the Gallery graciously welcomes my exhibiting in other local venues from time to time for special exhibits.  She also has arranged for some artwork to be used temporarily by local decorators. 

Bottom line, you can see a number of my pieces right now at Susan Calloway’s.   And, many of the paintings on my website LeslieNolan.com and on this blog are available through Susan Calloway Fine Arts (gallery@callowayart.com).

 

Thanks to Washington Project of the Arts

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Going Yellow by Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan 30″x40″ acrylic on canvas

Want to just say a few words about the wonderful work of the Washington Project for the Arts, the premier arts organization of the nation’s capital.  WPA sponsors workshops from art curators around the world to provide guidance and support to emerging and mid-career artists in this area.  And, it sponsors curated art exhibits throughout the District, including at its brand new street level gallery location in North Shaw, a block from Howard University, at 2124 H St NW.   It’s a significant contributor to the vibrant art scene of this area.

I was honored to participate in its biggest fund raising event, the Auction Gala, which took place a few weeks ago.

 

The Palette Knife

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Corrected Vision 11 by Leslie Nolan Washington, DC Artist

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Corrected Vision 12 by Leslie Nolan

For these two recent paintings I used  scraping tools – palette knives, drywall joint implements, and stir sticks – in the figure, leaving brushwork for the background.

Because scraping results in a less predictable outcome, many “happy accidents” lend immediacy and freshness to the work.  The paints smear together in a totally different way from brushwork, and repeated passes build a texture that lends a rich gravitus of age/history/artifact to what is really a contemporary look.

Also, note the figures are posed in profile, something I generally avoid.  This stiff pose generates a whiff of old-master-hanging-in-a-dark-museum.   It seems void of emotion.  But, combined with scrapes, smears, drips and some wild color, the figure becomes a vessel of possibility.  Perhaps, even intrigue.

 

Portraits – State of Mind

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Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan’s “Hearing the Light”

I do ascribe to the theme that people are more, much more, than they look.   These two paintings aim at pulling out the inner core and daring exposure for all to witness.  Both feel like an exhilarating moment, steeped in uncertainty.  While the works defy labels, as figure paintings they’re not exterior likenesses, but rather, states of mind.

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“Corrected Vision” by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

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