John Nowak


I work across various mediums including painting, digital film, installation and print. My ongoing main interest lies in abstraction and non-objective image making through painting and digital film.

I also have an interest in communities where there has been economic and social change. While studying at Edinburgh College of Art, I was able to produce and exhibit paintings, photographs and films linked to the Midlothian village of Newtongrange following the upheaval and industrial decay brought about by the closure of the Lady Victoria coal mine. Recent exhibited works were inspired by my observations of the often found flora that survived and flourished in the desolate areas surrounding the dilapidated ‘Lady Vic’ buildings, amongst the heaps of scrapped and decommissioned machinery

I support a local community group in the south side of Edinburgh – ‘Bridgend Inspiring Growth’ – making short films relating to the local community and redevelopment of the disused Bridgend farmhouse as a community resource centre.