Rose Nolan

Rose Nolan

Born Melbourne 1959

Lives and works Melbourne


Rose Nolan is well-known for her distinctive red and white text-based works that draw on the visual languages of constructivism, suprematism and non-objective geometric art. Her banners and wall paintings are often grand in scale but their texts express an unlikely modesty and uncertainty. She uses text in onomatopoeic or paradoxical presentations, where its meaning is echoed in or confounded by the form of the artwork. She regularly uses very simple materials such as cardboard and hessian that underpin the works’ often humble assertions.


Nolan’s significant solo exhibitions include: Living for Today (Another Homework Experiment), Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; Why Do We Do The Things We Do, Artspace, Sydney, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008; and Work in Progress #3, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2002. Selected group exhibitions include: Painting, More Painting – Chapter 2, ACCA, Melbourne, 2016; Art as a Verb, MUMA, Melbourne, 2015; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Artists’ Proof #1, MUMA, Melbourne, 2012; Minus Space en Oaxaca, Instituto de Artes Graficas, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2012; Contemporary Australia: Women, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012; 15th Biennale of Sydney: Zones of Contact, Sydney, 2006; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: 21st Century Modern, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2006.