From “Globe Trotting” Published April 2016
Despite spending her early years surrounded by horses, Roslyn Nolen never really embraced the experience of riding, her fear getting the better of her. It wasn’t until her nephew, Luke Nolen, was given the opportunity to ride Black Caviar that she rekindled her connection with horses and began to paint them. In her Equine series, Roslyn effortlessly captures the majestic beauty and mystery of the equestrian world.
What is your earliest (childhood) memory of horses?
I remember following my father around the stables and being conscious of not getting too close to the horses. My father was a horse trainer who constantly had young horses in his care and he was ever vigilant in not letting us near them. Early mornings were always enjoyable, smelling the molasses and anticipating the mixed feeling of awe and fear around the horses.
What does riding or being with horses mean to you?
As a young girl I was a fearful rider and never really embraced the experience of riding. As an adult, spending time with horses conjures a very different response. I now have a different reality and connect in a more engaged manner. I see them as soulful, protective and ever powerful.
What have horses taught you the most?
Horses have taught me that they understand so much more than the naked eye sees. They are incredibly insightful, respectful and perceptive.
How did the “Brumby Series” come about?
I spent three years in the Tanami desert and there were bands of wild brumbies out there, majestic and beautiful. Years later, a girlfriend suggested I look at Nick Leary’s brumby series. I instantly fell in love with them and ended up collaborating with Nick in my last Solo Exhibition titled “Brumbies and Other Breeds”. He generously allowed me access to some of his imagery.
Recently I took a trip to outback Northern Territory, Australia, purely to photograph and observe the behaviour of wild brumbies. It was a cathartic experience and one that will stay with me forever. Observing a stallion, so watchful and asserting protective authority over his band of horses is powerful. These brumbies have had little, if any, human contact so to see them in their truest form was extraordinary. I was fortunate to share this experience with Journalist and brumby activist, Mae Lee Sun.
What was the most challenging part of this project?
My initial response would have to be the heat, but my most memorable one was being chased by a scrub bull. They are enormous, threatening and powerful and not easy to evade in this vast country with little access to protection. The horses anticipated the noise of the open jeep and ran from it, the scrub bulls ran towards us.
What was the most rewarding part of this project?
Knowing that I experienced something so intensely beautiful and that I can share it in my upcoming Solo Exhibition through my art, written language and song.
What painting in your collection are you most proud of? I would love to hear the story behind this image and why you love it so much?
This is a difficult question to answer but I would have to say “Trooper” (painting featured below).
Trooper was on the way to the knackery and it was fortunate that Mae Lee Sun rescued him. He now lives with a herd of domestic horses. He is adored by all who know his story. I love that his image adorns the wall of an appreciative family. He was given a second chance and he has touched so many lives as a result.
I depicted Trooper, using a ball point pen, which took many hours and it is incredibly gratifying when you step back and see it in its completion. The challenge with ball point pen is that there is no room for error. Once an incorrect mark is made, you either have to incorporate it or start again.
I love this painting because Trooper is looking at the viewer up close and straight on. It shows his power, strength and sense of belonging.
What is it about equines that you love painting?
I love engaging the viewer to get a real sense of each individual horse. Apart from the personality of the horse, I have such an appreciation of the muscle structure, shape, form and anatomy. Exploring the many variants in composition and depicting the beauty – which is so eminent in these ever powerful creatures – inevitably brings a great sense of connection.
How would you describe your painting style?
Contemporary in application and composition.
What medium do you use?
Generally mixed medium (acrylic paint, ink, charcoal, graphite and conte), printmaking – dry point and copperplate etchings, ball point pen and this year I am going to explore charcoal again. In my late twenties I used the medium extensively with my portrait paintings and would like to explore the use in my equine work. I enjoy using various mediums, with the inclusion of textiles. My clothing line comes under my tOZZLEY Label and my equine images are screen-printed onto t-shirts.
To view more of Roslyn Nolen’s paintings, click here.
Artist in Residence working with students at East Hamersley Primary School on a 28 metre mural. Great times. Xx
The murals, which had input from the entire school community, represent the |vision and values of the school.
Mrs Nolen worked with students from Kindergarten to Year 6 on sketches that included local flora and fauna.
The sketches were drawn on the walls and students had the opportunity to paint sections of the murals.
East Hamersley Primary School principal Lyn Dawson said the murals have been well received.
“It has created a lot of interest in the school undercover area with students, parents and the wider community,” Ms Dawson said.
“The school’s vision and values will be forever showcased at future assemblies and community events.
“Special thanks to Frank and his team from Bunnings Balcatta for their wonderful donation of paint and help with the painting.”
Artist Open Studios at Summerset Arts Festival
Hi All, I am involved among others Julie Silvester, Linda O’Brien, Maryann Devereaux and Geoff Devereaux in the Artist Open Studios as part of this year’s Summerset Arts Festival. Refer to below link for further details.
We open our studios for you to have a greater understanding and connection to how we work and create in our individual spaces. I hope you can join us all. (Sunday 24th & Sunday 31 January/ 10am-4pm).
The following was published at Scoop Lifestyle and Travel
Showcasing the best of Western Australian Events
Local Stirling artists Geoff Devereux, Julie Silvester, Linda O’Brien, Maryann Devereux and Roslyn Nolen invite you to discover their homes and studios, as part of the Summerset Arts Festival.
And similar to the Artist Open Studio at Summerset.
Gospel Music @ The Rocks #2 show is fast approaching and both Cast and Crew are so excited to perform for you.
We have planned a wonderfully vibrant evening of musical celebrating such a positive fun genre of music and look forward with great anticipation to sharing it with you all!
In addition to the unique energy of the music and the ambience of the venue, the Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, we are excited to have a new creative element to this year’s show.
This year while we sing and dance and enjoy the music, there will be the Live Painting of a one off art work, performed by Australian Artist Roslyn Nolen.
Ms Nolen will paint as she is inspired but the show, the starry sky, the audience the energy, by ALL that takes place in stage and more!
Roslyn Nolen has been awarded many honours and prizes over her artistic career including:
2003: Highly Commendable
2002: Crossack Art Awards (Over All Winner for WA Artist
2001: Highly Commended for Abstract
1998: Shinju Matsuri Art Awards 1st Prize Mixed Section, Broom WA The Mangrove
Ms Nolen has also produced stunningly vibrant and colourful murals on the walls of a local school and incorporated this into an art education program with the students. The murals are STUNNING!
Roslyn captures the majestic beauty and mystery of the equestrian world and yet can capture the human form with such sensitivity that it is as though her work breaths and speaks to the viewer. Roslyn Nolen has even captured Musician Natalie Gillespie (pictured below) we could not think of a better fit for this year’s show.
Roslyn art PEICE will be auctioned off after the Gospel Music @ The Rocks Show.
The Joyful Noise warmly welcomes artist Roslyn Nolen to the Gospel Music @ The Rocks #2 family.
The following appeared on “THE PERTH COLLECTIVE. A PLATFORM FOR WA FEMALE OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES IN CREATIVE INDUSTRIES” on 12 August 2015.
MEET ROSLYN NOLEN PERTH ARTIST. FIND OUT WHY WITH FOUR CHILDREN SHE FINDS THE BEST TIME TO PAINT IS MIDNIGHT TO THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING.
How and why did you start your business? The idea of being a professional artist was clear to me from an early age. I never deviated from wanting a career/business in the artistic realm. After completing a Fine Art Degree and a Dip. Ed. in education, I taught for ten years whilst pursuing my personal art career. I continue to exhibit in both Solo and Group Exhibitions.
Are you a full time artist? Where is your studio? I am a full time artist, just one that keeps odd hours. Having four young children, doing two major solo exhibitions within sixteen months apart, I have learnt to balance my time. I usually go to bed between 7.30pm – 8.00pm with the children and get up at midnight and paint for a few hours, sometimes right through to morning, get the children off to school and create/work till around 3.00pm in time for school pick up. This time till bed time is spent with the children and going to their various activities. I do work from home and have a studio dedicated to creating art. Sometimes the children join me in pursuit of their own projects. In fact my five year old was the impetus behind the children’s range for my clothing label tOZZLEY – Sunnaya designed the motif.
What do you find is the biggest challenge when owning your own business? The first thing that comes to mind is the sole responsibility of coordinating everything. Particularly in the lead up to an Exhibition, the time and hours “behind the scenes” can be challenging at times.
Your Best Moment So Far In Your Business? There have been many moments. Overall it would have to be the satisfaction of setting goals and achieving them. I always love the moment when you see your work hanging in a gallery before opening night.
Most memorable challenge you had with a client or stockist? I spent three years in the Tanami Desert (1997-1999) in one of the most isolated Aboriginal communities in the Southern Hemisphere. Sourcing materials was always challenging during that time, online shopping was not yet big.
Your Favourite Quote or Mantra “You have no control over people, places or things”. I find this quote has so much freedom in it.
What is your advice to Perth Woman wanting to start their own business or turning their hobby into a small business? To trust your own process. To have a vision and work towards it without losing focus. Acknowledge the hard times, learn from them positively and keep your energy in creating great things for yourself.
What is your vision for your business? The vision I have for my business is to create more opportunities to exhibit worldwide, continue to collaborate with other creatives and expand my clothing label tOZZLEY
THE QUICK FIVE
FAVOURITE PERTH COFFEE I ACTUALLY DON’T DRINK COFFEE, BUT I DO LOVE TO FREQUENT HOBART DELI IN NORTH PERTH.
FAVOURITE PERTH FASHION LABEL– MORRISON, I LOVE THEIR DESIGNS, FABRICS AND ELEGANT SIMPLICITY.
FAVOURITE PERTH HOMEWARES– FREMANTLE ART CENTRE
FAVOURITE PERTH BAR– I ENJOY CLANCY’S, FREMANTLE BECAUSE WE CAN TAKE THE CHILDREN AND THEY ENJOY THE SPACE OUTSIDE TO RUN AND PLAY.
FAVOURITE PERTH RESTAURANT-VOYAGE KITCHEN ON WEST COAST DRIVE, SORRENTO, IT IS A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE AND THE FOOD IS SENSATIONAL.
Being the youngest of ten children (nine girls and one boy) growing up in country Victoria (Manangatang), allowed constant visual stimulus. My father was a wheat and sheep farmer, along with a horse trainer/breeder. My mother was extraordinary. Childhood play was filled with make believe and creativity. I have always been fascinated with people, their stories and culture. This culminated in making the move to Wirrimanu (as mentioned above) where I spent three years teaching, painting and immersed in culture. Hence furthering my love of portraiture. My other great passion is painting equine. As a child I spent endless hours painting portraits, not typically horses like many other young children. I had a horse and the magical quality surrounding them was tangible and not my priority at the time. It wasn’t until my nephew, jockey Luke Nolen whom was given the ride of his lifetime on Black Caviar, that I was reconnected with my childhood memories surrounding horses. I painted Luke on Black Caviar and today I continue to pursue painting the strength, power and emotion eminent in these majestic creatures.
Roslyn Nolen: Wild-Brumbies and Other Breeds
29 January 2015 | Art Almanac
Growing up surrounded by horses was taken for granted as a child and it wasn’t until adulthood that artist Roslyn Nolen fully came to realise and appreciate the majestic beauty and soulful intelligence of these creatures. Since Nolen’s solo exhibition in 2013, she has been drawn to the famous folklore of the brumbies of Australia.
This current work explores the domestic horse along with the wild brumby. Nolen explains that some of these brumbies were rescued from slaughterhouses while others freely roam unhindered but remain under threat from culling demands. The collection of seventeen paintings and eight limited edition dry point and copper plate etchings capture the horses’ spirit, power and the connection to land.
Until 6 February, 2015
Companions, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 122cm
Courtesy the artist and Gallows Gallery, Western Australia