Handy with a scalpel

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

MULTI-TAL­ENTED Brad No­vak leads a dou­ble life.

The 38-year-old doc­tor by day and ur­ban artist at night’s work is blow­ing up on the global art scene.

He’s never had an art les­son but his ef­forts have sold for thou­sands of dol­lars and are ex­hib­ited in Chicago and English art gal­leries.

And he still cuts his sten­cils with his med­i­cal school scalpel.

The One Tree Hill res­i­dent is hold­ing his first solo show, New Blood Pop, from March 5 to 12 at Ar­trite Screen Print­ing in One­hunga.

There will be about 100 works on dis­play, he says.

‘‘I did my time in the hos­pi­tal as a med­i­cal doc­tor but this is a pas­sion for me.

‘‘I’m def­i­nitely fur­ther than I ever thought I would be in an art ca­reer.’’

He’s had to fight to fit his pas­sion into his hec­tic sched­ule.

Ur­ban art: The first 50 peo­ple at the New Blood Pop ex­hi­bi­tion will re­ceive a limited edi­tion screen print cre­ated by Brad No­vak.

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