“Inner/Outer” at Susan Calloway Fine Arts

"Long Interval" Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan

“Long Interval”
Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan

Part of my solo exhibit with Susan Calloway Fine Arts this month, “Long Interval” exemplifies the reason I love to paint.  Fluid, gestural brushstrokes, bold color, rich paint, and loose construction all hint at a feeling of a place and time.  Whether anticipation or regret, relaxation or tension, the image of this figure conveys an ambiguous moment.  Each of us can narrate a different, but credible story for this painting.  It depends on our own unique perspective and life experiences.

SPECTRUM Miami Art Show with Gallery NK

Leslie Nolan's "The Moon Sees Me"

Leslie Nolan’s “The Moon Sees Me”

Honored to have been invited by Gallery NK to exhibit at the SPECTRUM Art Show in midtown Miami concurrent with Art Basel Miami week — December 2-6. Specializing in contemporary fine art from around the world, the gallery boasts an impressive stable of very talented artists.  SPECTRUM showcases innovative new art in an elegant, gallery-style exhibition space.

A yearly occurrence the first week of December, the huge event called Art Basel Miami takes over the entire city — 20 (!) art fairs featuring the best galleries and best artists in the world in addition to the large, always lively art scene of Miami itself.   Truly an art lovers’ paradise.

This will be my third year participating in Miami Art Week.  Should be a blast, as always.  More on this show later!

Washington Post Review of “Inner/Outer”

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Nice review of my exhibit at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, DC.  The exhibit remains on view until October 20 – drop by.

Opening Reception – “Inner/Outer”

Artist Leslie Nolan With Marily Mojica at Susan Calloway Fine Arts Opening

Artist Leslie Nolan With Marily Mojica at Susan Calloway Fine Arts Opening

The opening of Inner/Outer at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown brought out a lively, varied crowd on this special September evening.  The show garnered interest from Ari Post writing for The Georgetowner, as well as, Mark Jenkins for the Washington Post.

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Gallerist Susan Calloway and friends

Gallerist Susan Calloway and friends

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Installation at Susan Calloway Fine Arts

Leslie Nolan (right) with Susan Calloway, owner of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Leslie Nolan (right) with Susan Calloway, owner of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Yesterday we delivered ten beautiful, new paintings to Susan Calloway Fine Arts (SCFA) for my first solo exhibit at the gallery.  Susan thoughtfully had a full staff on hand to unpack and hang all the artwork.  Next thing I knew, one of my pieces was hanging front and center in the window overlooking Wisconsin Avenue – – it looks quite fine there.

It’s great to work with supportive and gracious professionals.  The gallery staff really know their business and have a great eye for matching the perfect artwork with their client’s tastes and desires.  It’s an honor to be associated with SCFA.  And, a thrill to have a big show there.

Inner/Outer by Leslie Nolan at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC in the heart of Georgetown on exhibit now.  Opening reception September 18th, 6-8 pm.

Susan Calloway Fine Arts Presents “Inner/Outer”

"Getting Somewhere"  48"x48" acrylic on canvas by Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC Artist

“Getting Somewhere”
48″x48″ acrylic on canvas by Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC Artist

This week I deliver 10 new paintings to Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, DC for my first solo exhibit,at this gallery, Inner/Outer.  Packed up and ready for the 1/2 hour drive to the gallery, these canvases were specifically painted for this show and carefully selected by Susan Calloway herself.  The show, all figurative work, depicts what is felt rather than what is seen.  Each figure caught in a private moment of personal awareness suggests vulnerability — perhaps the essence of what it means to be human.

Like all my work, drips, re-stated lines, contrasting color and visible brushwork help convey tension and ambiguity.

The piece above, “Getting Somewhere,” was inspired by a photo I took a few years ago of a group of Italian teenagers on a field trip to some Roman ruins in Southern Italy.  This young man was passing behind several teenage girls, affecting a very nonchalant pose while subtly aware of the girls’ presence.  I just love his body language.

Stop by the gallery and join us for the free opening reception or check out the show any time.

Inner/Outer 

Sept 16 – Oct 19

Susan Calloway Fine Arts

1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007–202.965.4601–callowayart.com

Opening Reception Friday September 18th, 6-8 pm

“Mixed Messages” Opens at The Delaplaine

Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan with Low Down

Washington DC Artist
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Some photos of the Mixed Messages opening reception at The Delaplaine in Frederick, MD this weekend.   This gorgeous large former mill space with huge wood support posts and exposed brick really sets off the ten paintings in the exhibit.  On exhibit through September 27.

Thanks to volunteers Joyce and Ashley and Delaplaine Exhibits Manager Diane Sibbison for their first-rate support.

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Installing “Mixed Messages” – Opening Sept 5

Leslie Nolan's "Mixed Messages" at Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

Leslie Nolan’s “Mixed Messages” at Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

Installed this solo exhibit, Mixed Messages, yesterday and today at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD.  My sincere thanks to the considerable patient and willing assistance of three key people:  Delaplaine Exhibitions Manager Diane Sibisson, comedian and sculptor Virginia Warwick, and my wonderful husband.

Mixed Messages features figure paintings that hint at emotions which remain largely hidden in real life.  The intent of this grouping of bold images of faces and heads is to draw the viewer in to examine feelings behind the facade.

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

40 South Carroll St, Frederick MD

Mixed Messages Sept 5-27, Opening Reception Sept 5th 3-5 pm

Nolan's Artworks "Pulled By What Would Be" and "Journey to the Interior"

, Nolan’s Artworks “Pulled By What Would Be” and “Journey to the Interior”

Leslie Nolan's New Artwork for the Solo Exhibit "Mixed Messages", Delaplaine Arts

Leslie Nolan’s New Artwork for the Solo Exhibit “Mixed Messages”, Delaplaine Arts

Assistants with Delaplaine Exhibitions Manager Diane Sibbison

Assistants with Delaplaine Exhibitions Manager Diane Sibbison

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“Mixed Messages” at Delaplaine Arts Center

Low Down by Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan

Low Down by Washington, DC Artist Leslie Nolan

Leslie Nolan's "The Moon Sees Me"

Leslie Nolan’s “The Moon Sees Me”

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Spent today putting hooks and wires on artwork for Mixed Messages.  Wrapping paintings for protection during the transit from studio to The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD.  Installation takes place in two days, and the opening reception September 5th, 3-5 pm.  A brief glimpse of some of the new artwork for the exhibit.

 

Corrected Vision #2

Corrected Vision #2 by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Corrected Vision #2
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Washington, DC Artist
Leslie M. Nolan

One of three paintings in a series, Corrected Vision #2 relates to how we see the world and how the world sees us.  There is more than what is known through the eye.  Body language, scent, gentleness or violence all inform the real person behind the facade.

The great George Bridgman of the Art Students’ League in New York asserted, “The difference in drawing is in what you sense, not what you see.  There is other than that which lies on the surface.”  While Bridgman no doubt referred to musculature and skeletal structure, I expand the interpretation of his comments to mean the substance of who we are – our heart and soul.

I know some say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but I like to think that our minds — our ability to feel and connect — really count.