Brigitte Nowak

Artist's Biography

Brigitte Nowak was born in Germany, grew up in Cambridge, Ontario and graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario in Fine Art. She lives in Toronto and spends summers on an island in Georgian Bay. Image-making, as a quest to understand and reveal the world around her and her role in it, has been a cornerstone of her life as far back as she can remember.

Her realist landscapes and figurative works explore the nature of reality and illusion, the interaction between the human and natural worlds, and the line between observation and comment. Of ongoing interest is that most Canadian of icons, the canoe, for its form and for its symbolic allusions, the emerging self-awareness of children and adolescents, and the places that define our lives.


Solo Shows

2017 "The Idea of Summer" Latitude 44 Gallery, Toronto, Ont.

2017 "Simple Pleasures" Rosedale United Church, Toronto, Ont.

2016 "Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign", 401 Richmond, Toronto, Ont.

2014 "Canoe", Latitude 44 Gallery, Toronto, Ont.

2014 Sunderland Hall, Toronto, Ont.

2013 "Land and Water", Solo exhibition, Mississauga, Ont.

2012 Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, Toronto, Ont.

2012 Sunderland Hall, Toronto, Ont.

2011 Sunderland Hall, Toronto, Ont.

2008 “Out/Of Place” Cambridge Galleries (Preston)

2007 Sunderland Hall, First Unitarian Church, Toronto, Ont.

2006 HangMan Gallery, Toronto, Ont.

2005 Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, Ont.

2004 Praxis Gallery, Toronto, Ont.

2003 Praxis Gallery, Toronto, Ont.

1987 Skylight Gallery, Northern District Library, Toronto, Ont.

1982 Loon Studios Gallery, Parry Sound, Ont.

1981 Burnhamthorpe Public Library, Mississauga, Ont.

1981 Port Credit Public Library, Port Credit, Ont.



Cambridge Now: Brigitte Nowak Exhibition,2007

Echo Weekly, 2007

"Vibrant Exhibit Brightens Winter Days", Kitchener, Ont., 2005

"Interview with an artist", MTO Online News, 2003

"Meet the Artist", cable television interview, 1987

Wood Gundy, Miracle Food Mart, Merrill Lynch, Kingston  Industries, Black & McDonald, Brillig Inc., Project Canoe, and private collections

Group Shows

2017 McMichael Gallery, Annual Fall Art Show and Sale,Vaughan, Ont.

2017 Ojibway Club Art Show, Pointe au Baril, Ont.

2016 Ontario Society of Artists Neilson Park Creative Centre

2012 Ojibway Club Art Show, Pointe au Baril, Ont.

2012 Art in the Park, Parry Sound, Ont.

2012 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ont.

2010 Wish You Where Here, Susan Kristjansson Gallery, Sarnia, Ont.

2010 Art Gallery of Hamilton, "Spring Sale" Hamilton, Ont.

2010 Artist Project, Toronto, Ont.

2009 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair DEFine Art Showcase,Toronto, Ont.

2008 McMichael Gallery, Annual Fall Art Show and Sale, Vaughan, Ont.

2007 McMichael Gallery Fall Art Show and Sale, Vaughan, Ont.

2007 Art in the Park, Parry Sound, Ont.

2006 Latinoamerica International Invitational, Toronto, Ont.

2005 Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, Ont.

2005 International Juried Figure Exhibition, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe, NM;  

2005 Arts Etobicoke 25th Anniversary Show, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ont.

2005  Art Institute and Gallery National Show, Salisbury, Maryland

2005 "Oh Canada" Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ont. 

2005 Alaska Museum of History and Art,  "Dogs", Anchorage, AK.

2005 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, Ont.

2004 Printmaking Council of New Jersey National Show, New Jersey, NY.

2004 U.S. National Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County, NY.

2003 Colour & Form Society show, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ont.

2002 “The Water Project”, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ont.

2002 Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY.

2002 Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario, Miniatures

2002 Society of Canadian Artists,  John B. Aird Gallery,Toronto, Ont.

2002 Alder Art Gallery, "La Petite", Cobourg, Oregon

2001 Michael Gibson Gallery, Miniatures Exhibition, London, Ont.

2000 Living Arts Centre, "Perspectives 2000" Exhibition, Mississauga, Ont. 

2000 Stage Gallery, "Small Works, Top Priority" Exhibition, New York, NY

2000 Neilson Pk Creative Centre Annual Exhibition, Toronto, Ont.

2000 Period Gallery, "Realism 2000" Exhibition, Omaha, Nebraska

1999 Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, Kansas.

1999 Cambridge Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ont.

1999 Period Gallery, "Realism '99" Omaha, Nebraska

1999 Praxis Gallery, "Landscape - the Lasting Inspiration" Toronto, Ont.

1990 Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ont.

1984 Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, Kansas

1983 Mississauga Library 10th Anniversary Show Invitational

1981 Ontario Society of Artists

1981 Mississauga Library Annual Show, Mississauga, Ont.

1980 Ontario Arts Council Grant

1978 Mississauga Library Annual Show Mississauga, Ont.

1973 Ontario Society of Artists 

1973 University of Guelph Student Show, Guelph Ont.

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