Nic Plowman's practice has a strong studio focus, with an emphasis on traditional and experimental drawing and painting processes. At the core of his creative enquiry is an interest in figurative representation and the human condition; much of the work is either autobiographical or reflects on the experiences of others. His paintings and drawings conjure themes of mortality, humanity, triumph and vulnerability. Plowman describes his work as, "both symptom and remedy".
Plowman has had 14 solo exhibitions, exhibited work in more than 60 group shows, and has been a finalist in a variety of prestigious prizes (such as the The Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2012) and The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2006; 2002)). He lives and works in Melbourne. Plowman's work has been acquired for local and international collections, both in public and private capacities.