Damon Kowarsky

Melbourne, Australia

Damon Kowarsky studied printmaking at Victorian College of the Arts and Glasgow School of Art, and Advanced Figure Drawing with Godwin Bradbeer at RMIT. Since graduating, he has travelled extensively in South Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Architecture and the colours of earth and sky inspire much of his work. 

Kowarsky is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award, Australian Print Workshop Collie Print Trust Emerging Victorian Printmakers Scholarship, Creative Victoria New Works Grant and Australia Council Asia-Australia Creative Partnerships Grant. He has worked as a scientific, courtroom, and archaeological illustrator, including assisting on a dig for the Dakhleh Oasis Project Egypt in 2002. In 2007 he taught drawing at Beaconhouse National University Lahore and studied miniature painting under Murad Mumtaz and Mahreen Zuberi. In 2010 and 2014 he taught printmaking at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi. Kowarsky exhibits regularly in Australia and abroad, holding solo exhibitions in cities including Melbourne, Hong Kong, New York, Philadelphia, Wellington, Cairo, Damascus, Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. In 2014 and he was an artist in residence in Guanlan Original Printmaking Base China, Art Vault Mildura and National College of Arts Lahore. In 2015 he was part of Bait al Zubair Museum’s inaugural artist in residence program, and received a Mitchell Cox Residency at Portland Bay Press. In 2016 he completed a two-month residency in France with the support of the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists and Maryland Institute College of Art. He is currently working towards a major exhibition at Warrnambool Art Gallery in December 2018.

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