About the Artist
Will Nolan was born and raised in Ballyfermot into a large family of ten. From a very early age he took a keen interest in music and drawing spending long periods trying to sketch from books even before he could read or write.
As a child without any form of art tuition he was the winner in an art competition run by Dublin corporation and Texaco.
As a teenager music became the chosen interest spending every hour learning guitar playing mostly rockabilly and blues progressing from the bedroom to playing the stage, writing and recording music in his chosen genre’s.
Fast forward to 2010 while socialising with a family friend a well known wild life artist Pat j Kenny Will spoke of his regret of never learning to paint. From the following day the painting began under Pat Kenny’s watchful and brutally critical eye.
Will spent most of a school year in Ballyfermot college on an art portfolio preparation course in 2014 as a mature student. Totally disappointed with the lack of classical art techniques been taught and an over critical tutor sometimes driving the young students to tears, Will spent more time in a local pub talking art with the local wildlife artist.
In 2016 Will signed up for a sign writing course in a local educational and training facility formerly known as FÁS which proved to be a very valuable part of his progress as an artist .
In 2018 Will was commissioned by Ballyfermot library to paint uilleann Piper John Keenan which now hangs on permanent display in the library.
Will has long admired painters in the classical tradition like Carravaggio and Bouguereau but loves the work of Sean Keating, a favourite being The men of the South.
Playing Fifties inspired blues and rockabilly for many years Will is also influenced by Fifties pin up artist Gil Elvegren.
A lot of the work covered by Will are Irish historical commemorative pieces, Fifties inspired pin up and classical style figurative poses and portraits.