Brian Novatny beautifully
employs a sophisticated technique of light-touch and seeming tentativeness
to what are ultimately perfectly composed and engaging pictures.
The vulnerable quality of the artist’s mark echoes the confused,
preoccupied, or uncertain sense of the figures. In the same way
that the people are disconnected from one another in their environs,
they are frequently similarly disjointed themselves, as their bodies
and heads may be alternately painted and drawn in contrast to one
another, or the scale of two people in the same space disproportionate.
Yet, amid all this uncertainty, Novatny’s broken stories manage
to engage and delight. Novatny’s drawings are colorful, intimate
works that are disconcerting and oddly charming.
Brian Novatny has exhibited across the U.S. in museums and art
centers including the Mississippi Museum of Art (Jacksonville, MS),
the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH), the Layton Gallery of
the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (Milwaukee, WS), and
the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle, WA). He has had solo exhibitions
in New York City, New Orleans, Philiadelphia, Seattle, St Louis
and Santa Monica. In Germany, Novatny has exhibited at Kunstverein
Speyer- Kulturhof Flachgasse, Speyer, and is represented by galleries
in Berlin and Frankfurt. His work has been broadly reviewed including
reviews in Art in America and Art & Antiques.