Bartlett Pair
Title: Bartlett Pair
Medium: Paper sculpture
Dimension: 22 x 15
Price: $4,575.00

Calvin Nicholls

Bartlett Pair



A whimsical explanation could be that I am rescuing sheets of paper from their 2 dimensional lives. After all, even a simple sheet of paper deserves a chance to be something more- much more!

In truth, an assignment in art school and an opportunity years later with a design client proved to be the inspiration for my career in this wonderful world of paper sculpture.

My first sculptures were used in corporate campa� igns and in 1989, I released a series of wildlife reproduction prints. Successful art shows and satisfied clients brought more commissions and by the early 1990's I was creating sculptures with time to do little else. The purchase of 8 x 10 photography equipment and the move north of Toronto allowed me to concentrate on my young family, marketing and my technique.

I define success in my adventure in art as creating a piece which remains a focal point and which poses questions and prompts conversations by it's viewer.

I feel very fortunate for my successes and for the chance to share my work with you.

  • childhood in the Port Perry area 1 hour northeast of Toronto
  • graduated from Sheridan College graphic design program in 1979
  • immediate employment May 1979 Promanad in north Toronto
  • art department then creative department - art director
  • freelancing in off-hours - evolved into full time 1981
  • Nicholls Design Inc. - studio in Willowdale, ON
  • experimented with paper sculpture in 1984/85
  • first paying projects in 1985 - progressed into regular commissions in Canada initially then into U.S.
  • combined interest in nature with paper sculpture in 1988/89
  • published limited edition prints from my wildlife pieces
  • originals and reproductions sold at Buckhorn Wildlife Art Festival 1990/91/92/93
  • "commissioning" National Trust - commissioned 14 originals 1992 as part of national campaign
  • One Of A Kind shows 1994/95 - spring
  • Society of Animal Artists in New York accepted me into its membership April 19, 1996
  • "awards" Red-tailed Hawk - "Hawkeye" - Award of Excellence 1996 SAA Annual Show
  • Hawkeye sculpture selected for SAA national tour 1997 - (continue as member in good standing)
  • client list now includes international corporations, design studios and private art collectors.



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