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Robyn Nolan has worked in clay and paint for over forty years, her ceramics and paintings are held in collections in both Australia and overseas. Together with her husband Terry, and true to their belief in the creative life, they have transformed Nolan on Lovel Gallery,an old semi-industrial site into a delightful, welcoming studio gallery, home, garden and workshop space.

Robyn’s love of texture and the material qualities of substance, whether it be in clay or paint, is usually expressed on large canvases with a tactile, gestural and colourful hand.

Preferring not to be confined to the studio, Robyn takes her canvases and papers into the outback to start a series of works.
She finds the energy required to authenticate her experience in riverbeds, close to the source of clay, and then returns to the studio working in layers, acknowledging memory and ancient geological layers, until satisfied with the final image.

Before returning to formal studies and devoting herself full time to her painting, Robyn trained and worked as a potter for over twenty years. During this time she and fellow potter Jan Green ran a vibrant production workshop South Creek Pottery on the NSW northern beaches.

Nolan on Lovel Gallery

The Nolan on Lovel gallery situated halfway between Katoomba and Leura was opened by Terry & Robyn Nolan in October 2008 exhibiting top class contemporary art and hosting very popular musical evenings.

Robyn and Terry’s belief is that a gallery should be more than a viewing space for art works – it should be a place of excitement, a centre of ideas and stimulation, a place where you have your spirit refreshed.

From 2012 the gallery has been used as a studio/gallery for Robyn’s work as Terry took the time to renovate the old semi-industrial building, construct the pottery and the garden and return to making pots. ‘The studio/gallery is an extension of our lifestyle’ Terry explains ‘there is a wonderful sense of freedom living here in the mountains. The wild natural beauty and the stubborn individuality – not to say eccentricity of the residents is very liberating’.

The gallery continues to evolve and from 2018 special exhibitions will be curated and well known Katoomba artists John Ellison, Lyn Harrison and Ken Wills will also show their work alongside Robyn’s. A range of exclusive ‘Evolve’ handcrafted candles is also available.