Pop art doc­tored

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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.

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