He started out as a classical musician and swapped his tuba for a pencil and paper because this art form travels better!
Damon’s detailed pencil drawings from places like Lahore, Karachi, Hong Kong, Cairo, Glascow and Australia become etchings; small and exotic copper plate, aquatinted etchings. They offer us a slice of history, an insight into the land and culture of these places, which makes this work even more beautiful and valuable.
Damon Kowarsky studied printmaking at the Victorian College of Arts, Glasgow School of Art and Advanced Figure Drawing at RMIT University. Since graduating he has exhibited regularly in Australia and abroad and has worked as a scientific, courtroom and archaeological illustrator. In 2002 he assisted in a dig for the Dakhleh Oasis Project Egypt.
In 2007, Kowarsky taught drawing at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, and studied miniature painting. In 2010 he taught printmaking at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, and held a successful solo exhibition at Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore. Architecture and the colours of earth and sky inspire much of his work.
In 2012 Kowarsky collaborated with the Pakistani artist Muhammad Atif Khan at the National College of Arts, Lahore. Hybrid, a suite of twenty etchings, has been exhibited in Lahore, Islamabad, Philadelphia, Melbourne and Karachi. In 2014 he was Artist in Residence at China – Guanlan Original Printmaking Base and NCA Lahore, where he returned to work with Atif Khan on Hybrid II. Kowarsky exhibits regularly in Australia and abroad.