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
Untitled tank guy, Sugar lift aquatint, drypoint 385mm x 280mm
Converging in the quiet, Sugar lift aquatint, drypoint 385mm x 280mm
Secrets, Sugar lift aquatint, drypoint, 385mm x 280mm
Green snake woman, Linocut