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

Greater Reston Arts Center – GRACE

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Under Wraps 4 by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Mary B. Howard Artist Member Exhibition

Excited to have been chosen by curator Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA to exhibit “Under Wraps 4″ at the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, VA from June 30 – August 27, 2016.  Just completed two months ago, this 36″ x 48” painting forms part of a new series.

Exaggerated features, in-your-face, bold, and drippy all describe this painting.  GRACE  enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a cutting edge gallery featuring the best of current artwork from around the country.  It’s mission is to promote excellence in contemporary visual art.

Opening  Reception:  June 30, 2016, 6-8 pm

GRACE:  12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA 20190    restonarts.org

 

 

 

 

The Palette Knife

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Corrected Vision 11 by Leslie Nolan Washington, DC Artist

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Corrected Vision 12 by Leslie Nolan

For these two recent paintings I used  scraping tools – palette knives, drywall joint implements, and stir sticks – in the figure, leaving brushwork for the background.

Because scraping results in a less predictable outcome, many “happy accidents” lend immediacy and freshness to the work.  The paints smear together in a totally different way from brushwork, and repeated passes build a texture that lends a rich gravitus of age/history/artifact to what is really a contemporary look.

Also, note the figures are posed in profile, something I generally avoid.  This stiff pose generates a whiff of old-master-hanging-in-a-dark-museum.   It seems void of emotion.  But, combined with scrapes, smears, drips and some wild color, the figure becomes a vessel of possibility.  Perhaps, even intrigue.

 

Portraits – State of Mind

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Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan’s “Hearing the Light”

I do ascribe to the theme that people are more, much more, than they look.   These two paintings aim at pulling out the inner core and daring exposure for all to witness.  Both feel like an exhilarating moment, steeped in uncertainty.  While the works defy labels, as figure paintings they’re not exterior likenesses, but rather, states of mind.

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“Corrected Vision” by Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Washington Project for the Arts

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Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan Exhibits at WPA Auction Gala

7 Curators +100+ Artists

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7-11 pm

1333 H Street NW, Washington DC – three blocks from the White House

Cocktails, dinner, curated silent auction, dance party

Fancifully irreverent attire

For tickets, artist & curator info, and more visit http://www.wpadc.org, or contact Nathalie von Veh at nvonveh@wpadc.org

 

Nolan @ WPA Auction Gala

https://www.wpadc.org/about/people/leslie-nolan

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Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC Artist, Working In the Studio

The Washington Project of the Arts Auction Gala is coming up Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7-11 pm.  Am thrilled to be one of the featured artists displaying a painting selected by WPA Board Member Rod Von Lipsey.  Tickets for this special Washington, DC event can be purchased on the WPA website.  In the interim, the link above features a Q and A with yours truly.

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Check out Face To Face:  Portraits By Leslie Nolan and Scott Hutchison on exhibit now through April 17, 2016 at the Invitational Gallery, The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

My portraits are not meant to be a technical likeness of a particular person, but to depict what is felt rather than what is seen.  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.  Many of us cloak ourselves behind a veneer of success and confidence despite situations in our lives which wreak havoc with our emotions.  In these artworks, we peek into the subjects’ inner worlds as economic, political and social realities swirl around them.