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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.