I live and work in Edinburgh and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University in 2015 with a BA in painting. Although I now mainly draw and paint, I also work with stained glass, digital photography and film – all of which present interesting challenges in creating expressive imagery though the relationship of line, colour and form.
While studying at Edinburgh College of Art I spent some time in the old Lady Victoria coal mine, now the Scottish National Mining Museum, in Newtongrange, drawing, painting and photographing the derelict and decaying colliery buildings, the pithead and the surrounding area and landscapes. In 2012 the Museum invited me to exhibit the results of my stay with them at a solo show in the museum exhibition centre. Since then I have continued to explore and produce works on similar themes linked to landscape and industry.
I am associated with a local community group at Bridgend Farmhouse in the south side of Edinburgh and contribute film, sound recording and photographic images for community projects relating to the surrounding Inch and Craigmillar area.
I am currently working on a series of narrative paintings from past memories of people and places.
John Nowak - Selected Exhibitions
MEMORIES OF A MIDLOTHIAN MINING COMMUNITY: Solo exhibition, Bridgend Farmhouse, Edinburgh.
CAUSEY LINES 4: Paintings and stained glass, group exhibition, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh.
SOLO 6: New works in oil and acrylic, group exhibition, the Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh.
CAUSEY LINES: Paintings, and stained glass, prints and drawings, collaborative exhibition, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh.
SOLO 6: Paintings and stained glass, group exhibition, the Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh.
AFTER THE RAIN: Drawings, prints, paintings, group exhibition, Bridgend Farmhouse, Edinburgh.
PROJECT SUMMERHALL: Paintings, residents’ exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh.
LINES OF ENQUIRY: Paintings, collaborative exhibition, The Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr.
REWORKED: Paintings, group exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh.
MIND: Group exhibition and charitable sale of small works, Oxo Building, London.
ANIMALIA: Paintings, group exhibition, Whitespace, Edinburgh.
TEN REDISCOVERED: Paintings, group exhibition, Space Club, Edinburgh.
MIND: Group exhibition and charitable sale of small works, Oxo Building, London,
The Bones Beneath the Face: Film and photography, collaboration with Edinburgh University Anthropology Department, Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh.
SIDE SALAD: Paintings, group exhibition, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.
BONES: Film, collaborative exhibition with Edinburgh University, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh.
FO[U}RMAT: Paintings, group exhibition, Edinburgh Ski Club, Howe Street.
ALCHEMY: Drawings, paintings and installation, group exhibition, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Time and Place: Solo exhibition, paintings, installation, photography and film, The Scottish National Mining Museum, Newtongrange, Midlothian.