Nick Kowalski

Artists Statement

I chart fragments of a wider world, taken from my immediate environment. Unlike Kiefer's sense of the "heroic" in art. My notion of site is one of the "intimate" of contact with human presence. The transitory nature of objects and places represented, support potential for reflection. Images which hover between memory, imagination and fact begin with chance encounters with everyday objects, buildings and places – I elevate the discarded and overlooked.
My work operates within the ambiguity of fact or fiction – representation and recognition, and embodies notions of absence and presence.

Biographical Details

1956 Born Blackpool, Lancashire, England
1996-2002 Teaches at St. Martins University, Lancaster
1996-2003 Teaches at Lancaster University
2005 Lives and works in Blackpool, BA Fine Art - Course Leader, Blackpool School of Art & Design

Selected One Man Exhibitions

2009 April "Portal - Blackpool Vistas Synposium& - Comrades Club, Blackpool

2007 Aug-Sept "Fact or Fiction" PAD Gallery, Church Street, Preston
2007 June "TRANS:Formation", The Gallery in Cork Street, London
2007 Apr-May "TRANS:Cendence", Alexandra Gallery, St Martin's College Campus, Lancaster

2006 Jan ‘Fabric or Faith’ , Reading Spiritualities Conference, Lancaster University
2005 Dec- Jan 2006 ‘Fabric or Faith’ , Stadt. Galerie-August Everding-Bottrop, Germany
2000 May -July 'Mark as Metaphor' prints and paintings, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool
1995/6 Dec-Jan 'Shadowplay', Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
1994 July 3-9 'Traces of the Sea', Gallery 160, (Irish Sea Arts Festival) Blackpool
1993 Dec-Jan 'Recent Works', Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool
1987 Oct-Dec 'Paint to Paper', Samules Gallery, Waterbeer Street, Exeter
1982 Feb-March 'A Backward Glance', Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool
1979 May-July 'Images of the Landscape', Horizon Gallery, Marylebone, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 May Recent work in FYCreatives
2009 April "Passage - Blackpool Vistas Synposium& - Comrades Club, Blackpool
2008 May "Timescapes" - B.A.D (Blackpool Art Department) , Blackpool
2008 April "Carnivalesque" - Blackpool Vistas - Comrades Club, Blackpool
2007 February "Post-ed" - Blackpool Vistas - Blackpool
2003 Oct-Dec Blott II and Comrades - Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
2002 May-July The Globe Gallery, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
1998 May-June M.A. Final Degree Show, Harris Museum Preston
1987 June Spacex Gallery, Exeter
1981 June R.A. Summer Show
1978 May-July BA Final Degree Show, Norwich School of Art
1977 Stowells Trophy
1977 Tolly Cobbold (Southern)
1976 Winsor and Newton

Special Awards

1976-1978 Fischer Brown (Norwich School of Art)
1976-1978 Winsor & Newton (Commended)
1986-1987 Designed a book which won the Europe Nostra Award (Switzerland) for Exeter City Council
1987 Designed and executed mural for Exeter City Council - Newly developed cycle way.
2001-2002 Artist in Residence (Artist in Art School Scheme), University of Central Lancashire
2001-2003 Founder member of "Blott" Artist Studio (Professional Artist Studio in Blackpool)
2003-to date Founder member of "ORB" professional artists studio

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