Nathan Novack is a native to the extreme corner of the Midwest within reach to what is known as the West and Southwest regions. Where he grew up along side 13 siblings. As part of a family business he spent many years prepping and painting in and out of residential houses to work through a big portion of education. Here, on a large scale he developed an understanding of process, layers, color, lighting and texture, most importantly problem solving. He received his Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Garden City Community College then attended Kansas University where he studied graphic design and transitioned into art education. After receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts and Bachelors of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University, Nathan taught high school and middle school art for 14 years. Here, he has learned just as much from his students as they have learned from him. He is intrigued by the untapped talents and minds of the students when creating, believing that there is art for everyone, whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional, abstract or representational. Nathan continues to progress in his professional artist status. As he explores the many paths of fulfillment of a painter. He is drawn to many representational and contemporary western artists. Studying and observing their styles and techniques help prove and support the effective uniqueness of perceptions with similar themes and subjects.
As a result in location, I can confidently say that I'm truly compelled by the proximity and array of variously composed settings. The borders of the states can't justify the lines from one to the other, instead the lifestyle and terrain dignifies these creative endeavors. There's an artistic compassion and inspiration that revolves from time to time which includes the agricultural structures of the Midwest, the Southwest bovines and terrain along with the Western wildlife and its' terrain. All sharing the wide open skies from one day to the next.
Recent work has pulled me towards the Longhorn world. These magnificent creatures represent stellar qualities, like that of security, abundance, determination and peacefulness. The Longhorns are the living symbol of the "Old West" and "Wild West". They echo the terrains of the West with their curvatures similar to that of the hills and mountains and their hide patterns embedded in a camouflage manner. Their horn movements almost always end pointing to the sky to help justify their known qualities. At a point in time, they were almost extinct and now in abundance they are breed to flawlessness. As we experience many ups and downs of life like that of the mountains and the valleys, the longhorns characterize them in a naturally divine stature. I want to elaborately juxtapose through painting on how these bovines and other wildlife connect us to the natural state of every day hi's and lows.
There is a reverence for nature and animals in the work of Nathan Novack, a reverence that is reflected in his feelings about his subjects, which range from cattle to towering cloud formations rising over the horizon. “As I continue to take in the vast offerings of our land, there continues to be insurmountable inspirational feelings through visual connection. I’ve come to know that what was once wild and natural is rural or urban with the retrospect of what has been rural or urban is becoming wild with nature,” he says. “As these two counterparts continue to expose each other from one story to another, I want to display the functionality of both in the same setting.” Some of his newest works are cattle, with close attention to their form and imposing stances, as if they are immovable objects anchored into the earth. He places a special emphasis on the horns. “My most recent work expresses interest in longhorns. Not one of these majestic animals is the same as the other,” he says. “Horns so unique in size, form, color, pattern, movement, texture and balance. Their contrasting patterns of fur are full of a variety of shape. As I have captured these animals, I’ve experienced some that have both tamed and untamed personalities. Expression and gesture of these longhorns assist in displaying these traits, but so do their surroundings with agricultural indications, along with tags and brands. I am obliged to use a gray base to help represent the unknown line drawn between what is wild and what isn’t. From there, the brushstrokes can echo the loose and wild side, or tight and tamed.”
-Michael Clawson- Executive Editor Western Art Collector Magazine