Susan Calloway Fine Arts Showcasing “Inner/Outer”

scfastorefrontlastweekIn Georgetown, Susan Calloway Fine Arts has been featuring my solo exhibit Inner/Outer this September and October. Lots of media buzz from the Washington Post’s Mark Jenkins and Ari Post writing for The Georgetowner.

A few words about the show.  Drips, re-stated lines, contrasting color and visible brushwork all help convey the tension and ambiguity that form my signature style.  In approaching the subject of the face and the human body, I respond to the feelings behind the facade to suggest resolve, fear, pride, frailty or other emotion. My goal is to suggest a kind of chaos that invites viewers to make their own interpretation.  These paintings might best  be described as coping with turmoil…Like modern life.

 

“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.

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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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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