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Biography

       

Nathan Novack is a native to the extreme corner of the Midwest located within 70 miles from what is known as the West and Southwest regions.  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 for fulfillment of a painter, he is drawn to many representational artists.

Artist Statement

Growing up on the rural landscape of western civilization with minimal farm animals and structures, I developed this sense of observation and engagement within rural life and brink connections to nature and its wildlife.  In assistance,  with a family business I 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 I developed an understanding of process, layers, color, lighting and texture, most importantly problem solving. These experiences of painting and those improved skills were used to enhance the condition of structures. Now I want to depict the physical condition of structures and nature that contain such character and rawness of the western culture through the visual arts.   

As a youngster, we didn't travel much partly due to coming from a family of 14.  When we did, there were two places that stood out the most, the mountains along with its wildlife contrasting with the urban setting and everything in between.  I feel there is a transitional connection, a unique coexistence and overlap of rural life, western and wildlife settings.  One interfering with the other with purpose or of astray.   Perhaps fences, species of animal or markers help distinguish these placements, whether tamed or untamed.  I am compelled to paint the so called "Gray Areas" in their simplest forms as a narrative through physical senses of rawness and purity.  Using looser and tighter strokes of the brush and palette knife to illustrate the wilderness upholding containment.    Up close and personal as a visual documentation of aesthetic and kinesthetic integrity to their representational manner.