Nowicki was born in the town of Kielce in Poland and came to South Africa with his family at the age of eight. By putting a new spin on comic book imagery, Nowicki creates strange and sometimes disturbing landscapes in which the past and the present appear to exist simultaneously. He claims to have been quite a solitary child who was always immersed in some tale of adventure – usually of a comic-book nature – and believes that his work is still heavily influenced by the images he consumed at that time.
Often the comic-books of his youth were in a language he was not able to read, but rather than becoming frustrated, Nowicki simply made up his own stories appropriate to the pictures – something that, to a large extent, he still does in his art practice today. Nowicki takes viewers on an artistic journey of exploration into the fantastical spaces of memory and imagination. Characteristic bluesy compositions feature singular figures in strange, indeterminate places and reveal open-ended narratives containing multiple interpretations; each one dependent on individual viewer experience.
Text: David Krut