Art Almanac | Roslyn Nolen: Wild-Brumbies and Other Breeds

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.

Companions, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 122cm Courtesy the artist and Gallows Gallery, Western Australia

Gallows Gallery
Until 6 February, 2015
Western Australia

Companions, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 122cm
Courtesy the artist and Gallows Gallery, Western Australia

Roslyn Nolen at Belmont Park this Saturday

by Adam McGrath | May 29, 2014

Roslyn Nolen at Belmont Park this SaturdayRoslyn Nolen, the aunty of jockey Luke Nolen who rode Black Caviar to so many of her famous victories will be at Belmont Park this Saturday.

Roslyn will be painting on course and also selling a few of the pieces she’s created.

DESPITE a childhood surrounded by horses in rural Victoria, Roslyn Nolen’s first passion was for drawing and painting, not the usual little girls’ dream of owning her own horse.

“I shared a horse with my sister but fear stopped me from giving myself fully to the experience and becoming a good rider”, she said.

But her passion for art, with paint and mixed media in particular, has culminated in a career in fine art and education.

Now an accomplished portrait artist, Nolen has reconnected with her past and her current work captures that raw and authentic relationship between horses and their riders.

Sparked by the chance to paint one of Australia’s most celebrated racehorses and her jockey in 2011, Nolen has reignited her interest in the horse fraternity.

When her nephew, jockey Luke Nolen, was given the opportunity of a lifetime to ride Black Caviar, Nolen felt comfortable to be up close and personal in her approach to painting the pair.

Her work shows the power and soul that Nolen sees in these animals. She starts by sketching the horse and then paints the eyes.

“Doing this enables me to build a connection with the horse and from there the communication can unfold”, Nolen said.

Nolen says that as an artist she has a huge respect for these extraordinary animals and is thoroughly enjoying the journey they are taking her on.

More information

Ms Roslyn Nolen

P. 0423 153 575


Various Publications

The Perth Collective
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.…

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Scoop Magazine
Lifestyle and Travel Magazine
Roslyn Nolen: Wild – Brumbies and Other Breeds

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Horse Deals
Australia’s Horse Trading Magazine


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Perth Racing | Roslyn Nolen at Belmont Park this Saturday
by Adam McGrath | May 29, 2014

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Australian Catholics Winter 1998 “First Hand Picnic Under The Stars” pg.10-11

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Broome Advertiser 1998 (front pg.)

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Stirling Times 2000

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Martha Bruin Degen – Woman Made Gallery – Exhibitions- Chicago U.S.A Traditions: The Blessing & The Curse April 4-May 15 June 2003

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Sydney Telegraph 2011 | Portrait of a fast horse and a fasting jockey

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Hoofbeats Roslyn Nolen Up Close | Pg 5 | October 2013

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”Up Close With Black Caviar” – Horse Deals Gallery

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WA Show Scene Magazine Vol. 34 No. 2

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Sunday Times 2013.22.09 | Black Beauty

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The Western Australian Wednesday, October 2,2013

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Perth Rider October Publication 2013

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Up Close With Black Caviar – 6PR Radio Station and Online Arts

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Up Close with Champion Galloper (In My Community) Perth, Western Australia

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Western Suburbs Weekly, 24 September – 30 September.

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Stirling Times, Tuesday, 24 September, 2013.

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The Advocate, Wednesday, 18 September, 2013.

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