Exhibit Closing at Arts Club of Washington

Leslie Nolan Exhibit at Arts Club of Washington

Leslie Nolan Exhibit at Arts Club of Washington


Leslie Nolan’s “All I Got” (left) and “Freefall” at the Arts Club of Washington


Leslie Nolan’s “Dystopian” and “Dystopian #2″ in the middle. Both 60″ high x 48” wide acrylic on canvas.

It’s always a moving experience (forgive the pun) taking down an exhibit, but particularly so at the wonderful Arts Club of Washington. On display all November in the Club’s imposing Monroe Gallery, the show was not only well-attended, but included a talk by curator Dr. Erich Keel and I was able to say a few words about the work.

In case you missed it, I’ve included below the Artist Statement:

“My approach to artwork involves depicting what is felt rather than what is seen.  Fascinated by the complexities of ordinary people, their faults, fears, resilience, and courage, I respond to the emotion behind the facade.  I try to reveal their vulnerability by focusing on moods as interpreted by faces and body language.

Because I spent another career keeping secrets in my work abroad, my current interest is to express in painting universal feelings, which remain largely hidden in real life.  We all cloak ourselves behind a veneer of success and confidence, yet situations in our lives wreak havoc with our emotions and motives, which lie just under the surface.

I begin by using models and photographs of models, then distort and exaggerate the pose or expression, making the subject appear to be undergoing inner turmoil, as though reacting to an outside influence.  I like the work to suggest controlled chaos, as if something important has happened to each subject.  In these images of the human figure, I imagine the individual as reacting to money or job-related issues, loneliness, semi-stable environments, or familial concerns.  Whatever the cause or situation, each artwork depicts the fragility of life.  Filled with questions, the paintings invite the viewer to connect the dots and develop his or her own interpretation.”

Just a reminder – I’m exclusively represented in the Washington, DC area by Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown.

Curator Erich Keel’s Remarks at Arts Club of Washington

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Dr Erich Keel is Head of Education at the Kreeger Museum (Emeritus) in Washington, DC and a well-known curator.

See this show at The Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St NW, Washington, DC through November 29, 2014.

Arts Club of Washington Opening

Washington Post Notice

Washington Post Notice

Leslie Nolan Exhibit

Leslie Nolan Exhibit


Leslie M. Nolan Artist Remarks at Arts Club of Washington With Curator Erich L. Keel Third From Left

Leslie M. Nolan Artist Remarks at Arts Club of Washington With Curator Erich L. Keel Third From Left

Had an interesting and fun November 7 opening for my show of 13 artworks at The Arts Club of Washington.  President James Monroe occupied this gorgeous, stately, historic residence and held the inaugural ball upstairs. It is a Washington, DC gem.  Curator Erich L. Keel, Head of Education at the Kreeger Museum (Emeritus), made remarks and I had an opportunity to say a few words, too, along with fellow exhibitors Bob Tetro and Jane Godfrey.  Hard to tell from these photographs, but it was a huge turnout.

My thanks to the ever-gracious Gallery Director Nichola Hays for her support and expertise. The exhibit is open to the public through November 29. Check it out:

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Exhibiting at The Arts Club of Washington

Leslie Nolan at the Arts Club of Washington

Leslie Nolan at the Arts Club of Washington

This weekend I’m installing an exhibit at the venerable Arts Club of Washington.  Curated by Erich Keel, Head of Education at the Kreeger Museum (Emeritus), the show includes fellow artists Jane Godfrey and Bob Tetro.  This should be a big show.  Gallery Director Nichola Hays advised me to bring 20 artworks – that’s a lot of artwork, particularly since many pieces are 48″ x 60″.

Opening Reception – Friday Nov 7, 2014 – 6:30-8:30 pm – soft drinks, wine, snacks