C. Nolan Fansler was born in 1990 and grew up in the Bay Area. He is a third generation self-taught painter. His work primarily plays with the boundary between figuration and abstraction where interpretation is most open. Nolan currently works out of his Highland Park studio in Los Angeles.
Looking anyone in the eyes is a powerful experience. I make work that focuses on the intensity and intimacy of nonverbal face to face communication. This is achieved by painting abstracted faces with varied expressions that stare back at the viewer. The eyes, nose, mouth and ears are constructed in fluid lines to appear as facial features but also as abstract characters evocative of calligraphy. Each painting can be seen as a figure but also read as a collection of abstract gestural lines. This challenges the viewer to recognize that seeing and reading a facial expression occur simultaneously. I make this work to bring awareness to and challenge how we collectively read the faces around us.