Pop art doctored
He has two daughters aged 3 and 1 and works fulltime in the public health sector. He’s started taking one day off a week to focus on his art, at his wife Katrina’s suggestion.
It was his wife who introduced him to the modern art at the Tate museum while they were living in London in the early 2000s.
Novak got started on his own career as soon as he hit the ground in New Zealand.
‘‘It was a lightning strike event. Two hours of modern art turned my whole idea of what art could be on its head.
‘‘Basically Katrina challenged me and said: ‘If you think you can do it, then try’. That’s the trick, if you love something you just have to learn how to get the time.’’
Novak’s urban art style includes a combination of stencils, spray paint, collage and screen printing layered together, inspired by street art in cities like New York and San Francisco.
He uses popular culture images, including the depiction of celebrities, as well as medical iconography in his work.
New Blood Pop will include a screen print demonstration and the first 50 people through the doors will take home an original for free, Novak says.
‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of travel and I’ve seen some incredible street art.
‘‘I call it treasure hunting for adults. It’s almost like I’m making a wall myself, I’m bringing it indoors.’’
Head along to the New Blood Pop show opening on March 5 from 6pm till 8pm at Artrite Screenprinting, 9 Selwyn St, Onehunga.
Two passions: Left, Novak is a self-taught artist with work displayed around the world.