LA Invitational at George Billis Gallery

 

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Corrected Vision 5, 20″x20″ acrylic on canvas, by Washington DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Just shipped this handsome guy to George Billis Gallery in the Culver City art district of Los Angeles for the LA Invitational.  I’m honored to be in this exhibit, curated by Tressa Wiliams, Gallery Director.  If you’re in the area, stop by and see the show.

By the way, George Billis Gallery is also in New York City, located in the heart of the Chelsea art district.

George Billis Gallery

2716 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

http://www.GeorgeBillis.com

Show Dates — July 28 – August 25, 2018

Opening Reception — Saturday, July 28, 6-8 pm  

Getting Ready for Hill Center Solo Exhibit

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Karl, 30″x24″ acrylic on canvas, is one of 17 artworks that form Flip-Side, my upcoming solo exhibit at Hill Center Gallery on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Many thanks to Gallery Director Nicky Cymrot for the opportunity.

These abstracted figure paintings continue a theme I’ve been developing over the past several years – that is, depicting what is felt rather than what is seen.  Featuring ordinary people in states of vulnerability, confusion or courage, the paintings focus on moods as interpreted by facial and body language, vibrant color and bold brushwork.  There exists a public side that we present to the world, and a private flip-side that reflects doubt and turmoil. Loss of control frequently pervades, as though the subject has been taken outside his or her comfort zone.  Sounds like a modern, topical theme for today’s life, doesn’t it?

Flip-Side

On Exhibit May 3 – June 23, 2018

Opening Reception Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Hill Center Gallery at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Avenue NE, Washington DC

http://www.HillCenterDC.orginfo@hillcenterdc.org — 202.549.4172

The Making of a Painting – Leon

 

An artwork starts with an idea – what to convey.  Since I strive for ambiguity, I think Leon (above) achieved that goal.

Then decisions about how best to convey that idea.  In my case, it comes down to paint on canvas, color choices, close up or full body image of the figure, placement in the rectangle, whether tools will be brush or palette knife, shiny or matte finish…

All decisions affect the outcome and feel of the artwork.  These choices – i.e., the process – become mere means to an end.  The critical issue remains, “What is the goal?”

I always start with a quick cartoon on blank canvas. Expanding on that, I then add background color on the figure to integrate the figure with its surroundings, and spend the rest of my efforts working on an overall unified piece that results in a stand-alone, wow image never seen before.  In between sessions there is time to dry.  But, I find that overworking can kill an artwork, so less is more.

 

Just Finished Artwork

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  Two acrylic-on-canvas paintings with completely different feel and affect.  One, young vital, upright and confident — the other, a study in motion and instability, tentative and anxious.   The colors remain the same, only reversed.  But, gestural brushwork and pose … Continue reading

Seduction + Gallery Talk

Yesterday’s Gallery Talk

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Artist Leslie Nolan with Gallery Director Twig Murray and Dr Erich Keel, retired Kreeger Museum art educator and historian

Lovely turnout with lively discussion at the Gallery Talk for my solo exhibit Seduction at Athenaeum Gallery.  Athenaeum is the jewel in the crown for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association. A beautiful, grand historic building that survived the Civil War as an army hospital, it is situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, VA, two blocks from the Potomac River from where you can see the Washington DC skyline.

How did this exhibit come about?  I had approached Gallery Director Twig Murray about exhibition opportunities, and she promptly dropped by the studio to see for herself.  Immediately falling in love with the massive pink and gray painting of a face (60″x96″ “Pulled By What Would Be”), she then and there offered me a solo for the following year.

Two months ago, Twig selected the rest of the artwork, including, to my delight, several recently completed paintings.  Artists always favor what they’ve just completed, because they’re moving forward, growing, changing.  It’s great when a gallerist encourages innovation, taking a risk, so to speak, on something different.

Stop by and catch the show, on exhibit through September 17.  Co-sponsored by Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC.

Seduction at Athenaeum

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Leslie Nolan at Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria VA, along with Susan Calloway Fine Arts of Washington DC (which represents me in this area), present Seduction, a solo exhibit featuring my newest paintings.

ATHENAEUM

201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 703.548.0035 NVFAA.org

Seduction –Aug 10 – Sept 17

Opening reception Sunday Aug 13, 4-6 pm

Gallery Talk Sunday, Sept 10, 2 pm

The gallery talk will feature both me and Dr. L. Erich Keel.  Dr. Keel served as Head of Education for the Kreeger Museum until his retirement in 2013.  Currently he lectures on twentieth-century German art, leads art-themed study tours to Europe, and serves as a volunteer curator for the Arts Club of Washington exhibition program.  Keel earned a Ph.D. in Critical Theory from Emory University.

Gallery hours are Thursday Friday and Sunday from 12-4 pm;  Saturday from 1-4 pm.

 

Preparing for Solo at Athenaeum

IMG_20170429_111308082These two new paintings will be featured in my upcoming August 2017 solo exhibition – Seduction – at the Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Athenaeum Gallery.

Both pieces, 36″x60″ acrylic on canvas, feature a man with great dignity and power, yet the images are infused with color and an other-worldly feeling.  Ambiguity, uncertainty, perhaps fleeting glimpses of reality infuse these abstracted visuals of modern life.