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

Wild – Brumbies and Other Breeds

Freedom Calling - 30cm x 40cm - Dry Point Etching

Wild – Brumbies and Other Breeds is an Exhibition of 25 works and the launch of a new clothing design for tOZZLEY

The Exhibition is bound to appeal and attract a wide audience who have a love and appreciation of these extraordinary creatures.

30th Jan – 6th Feb 2015

Gallows Gallery
53 Glyde St.
Mosman Park (Perth) WA

Daily from 10am – 5pm

More information

Ms Roslyn Nolen
Mobile: 0423153575

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


Spirit of the Thoroughbred

Roslyn Nolen - Beach Time - 110 x 82cm - Acrylic

Hi all, I have work in an Exhibition at present titled “Spirit of the Thoroughbred” Showing at Ascot Racecourse today and tomorrow.

This painting is called “Beach Time” 110cm * 82cm Acrylic. It received a “Highly Commendable Award”. There are some wonderful works on display and congratulations to Gully Huber who won the overall best artwork for her stunning pastel artwork.

Check it out and enjoy your weekend. xx

Ascott Racecourse
71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104
(08) 9277 0777

Solo Exhibition for National Equestrian Championships at WA Equestrian Centre

Hi all,

I am having a Solo Exhibition very soon. Where possible, it would be great if you could join us between the 2-6 October at the WA Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon for the ‘2013 Australian Interschool National Equestrian Championships.’

All paintings are for sale and I will be at the venue between 9am to 5pm daily during this time.

Roslyn Nolen Solo Exhibition

tOZZLEY – crafted by Roslyn Nolen


This current range reflects mood and occasion. Some cravats are feminine and formal, whilst others are quirky and make a statement. There are four main designs, each cravat is individually stylised as I have selected from a broad range of fabrics and accessories. Enjoy this unique range.

Check out tOZZLEY on Facebook. 🙂


My Story Is Not Typical

Artist Roslyn NolenMy story is not typical of the young artist who spent hours drawing horses and wishing she could have one of her own. My interest at that time was endlessly drawing portraits. My early years to the age of 12 were spent on a rural property in country Victoria, Australia. We were surrounded by horses as my father was a horse trainer. He taught us to have a healthy respect for, and to keep a safe distance from, the young horses in his care. My sister Cate and I shared a horse yet I was never able to give myself fully to the experience – fear stopped me from being a good rider. I have randomly ridden since but it wasn’t until my nephew Luke Nolen was given the opportunity to take the ride of a lifetime on Black Caviar that I rekindled a connection to my past.

In 2011 I decided to paint Luke on Black Caviar and thereafter, portraits of Luke. My interest in the horse fraternity was re-ignited
and now my comfort around horses increases with each subsequent painting.

The whispering horse weaves its magic.

Horses are all powerful, graceful, soulful and connected animals. I love the challenge of bringing such characteristics to life through the use of paint and other mixed media. Once the sketch of the horse is drawn, I start painting the eye/s, this enables me to build a connection with the horse and communication can begin and unfold.

Being witness to the raw and authentic relationship between horse and rider is fascinating, inspiring and uplifting. The commitment, dedication, involvement and passion in this unique relationship gives testimony as to why so many people are consumed by a love for these creatures. As an artist I have a huge respect for these extraordinary animals and I am thoroughly enjoying the journey they are taking me on.

Roslyn Nolen

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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