Calvin Nicholls

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Calvin Nicholls


Inspired by the role art plays in communication, I began my

art adventure by enrolling in the Graphic Design program

at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Assignments in a

class called Materials and Structures provided an introduction

to the idea of paper as a medium.

Five years later in 1983 as a freelance graphic designer,

I included paper sculpture imagery in one of my design

projects and I was instantly hooked. Enthused by the effects

achieved through simple scoring and folding I expanded my

search for specialized knives and embossing tools.

Consultation with paper mills, while researching paper

for my design projects, had provided a valuable understanding

of the various types and weights of fine papers.

A select line of archival papers of varying weights proved to

be perfect for fine detail and structural components.

The introduction of paper sculpture to my design clients

provided a fresh look for their marketing campaigns and a

distinct look and personality to my port folio.

Combining my childhood interests in model making,

sculpture, drawing and photography was exciting but in

1986 I created my first bird and everything changed. I

realized that the layering of feathers was the perfect

application of this amazing art form. Images from my

youth of wild fowl on the wing, hawks soaring over head

and songbirds punctuating the rural landscape rushed

through my mind and I recognized the opportunity that lay

in front of me.

In 1989 I released my first series of wildlife prints and

two short years later I completed the first of seventy five

sculptures for Follett Library Resources near Chicago that

would establish my career as a wildlife paper sculptor.

Collaborating with corporate clients, private collectors

and renowned biologists continues to inspire me in this

wonderful art adventure from my home based studio in

Lindsay, Ontario.

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