About James Nowak

James Nowak – Exploring the power and joy of color

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~ Edgar Degas

I started my journey in art as a black and white photographer in high school and was the photo editor of my yearbook developing my work in the basement of our house. I attended a course taught by Minor White my freshman year in college.  Minor White, an American photographer and educator, focused on how people viewed and understood photographs with a personal vision that was guided by a variety of spiritual and intellectual philosophies. I traveled throughout Europe during the following summer, came back to Yale and decided to major in Art, specifically painting. At that time, Yale Art School was under the influence of Josef Albers, known for his color theory. Albers believed that color is constantly changing and color is seen in relation to the colors it is surrounded by. I was accepted my final college summer, at the Yale School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. Students from all over the world spent the summer focused on expanding their skills in painting, printmaking and photographing. All these experiences helped to determine my love of color. In my work, I hope, that when the light reflects on surface of the canvas the colors and shapes create for you a feeling of joy. I want the colors to reach out and embrace the viewer.

The unbelievable clouds in the Florida sky have inspired the 2016 painting series. I want the paintings to speak for themselves, and each one makes a color statement on their own. See 2016 Paintings at www.jamesnowak.com.

James Nowak recently moved from Connecticut and currently lives and works in Naples, Florida.

Visit his gallery at 505 Eagle Creek Drive, Naples, Florida 34113. Call for an appointment. 203-710-7935 Email jamesnowak05@gmail.com



Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Yale School of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut

Hunter College, New York City, New York