Iris Nowa refers to herself as a cross pollination painter. Her subjects often cross reference human nature,animal spirit and the intertrans of the in-between.  Nowa’s work explores the presence of illumination, inspired by  concepts of 'divine light' and the path of connection, which becomes the tie that unites technique and metaphor, in a harmonious blending of colour and magnetics.

Nowa  explores this  phenomena of Magnetism ...... the  electro field of attraction, and the infinite combinations of nature and  their interchangeability.

“My work is an evolving theme   of   the Magnetic  essence of connection… To this end the seer / viewer are an integral part of this electricity, evoking a shared moment or current that pull from outside the canvas field”

Inspired by the renaissance painters, Nowa's technique of glazing is part of the message. The quality of Colour, light and clarity is both the visual & philosophical force ,that supports illumination of the captured moment. Nowa’s Digital Art, intrinsic to the process, and a true art in itself carries on her signature luminous tradition. Drawing keenly from legend & magic, the path towards evolution is the artists own journey towards illumination.


A revelation of light ripping asunder the veil of unknowing  heretofore enshrouded and unrevealed  to permit the brilliance  of light to illume  the darkest of moments days  events and bring all into the light’

The Artist grew up in Montreal but has worked, lived and exhibited worldwide. India, Hawaii, Dominican Republic and Spain, where she also worked as a muralist at the Worlds Fair in Sevilla 1992.  Nowa has received accolades and prizes for her work in painting [Salon Biennale of the Societe  Nationale des Beaux Arts, France] , Printmaking , first prize ex aqueo  & most recently for her Digital Art. Her work is housed in private, and corporate collections , including  Flora Canada,  Nationale pour la promotion du Patrimoine Canadien, and in many private collections in Dominican Republic, United States Canada and Europe. Nowa has her studio and home in the Laurentians of Northern Quebec, where she paints and lives full time.

Iris Nowa’s first solo show at SMASH opens in September 2013.


about iris