Intricate And Exquisite Paper Sculptures By Calvin Nicholls
Artist Calvin Nicholls from Lindsay, Ontario creates beautiful, detailed, and very realistic paper sculptures. His art adventure started when he enrolled in the Graphic Design program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
Their class assignments on Materials and Structures provided an introduction to the idea of using paper as a medium. He began to include paper sculpture imagery in one of his design projects and since then, he was instantly hooked.
Nicholls uses a select line of archival papers, specialized knives and embossing tools. He begins his masterpiece by making a pattern drawing for all the pieces, cutting multiple pieces, and assembling pieces to the body form.
According to him, "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, Nicholls released his first wildlife prints. Two years later, he completed the first seventy five sculptures for Follett Library Resources near Chicago where he established his career as wildlife paper sculptor.
Calvin Nicholls won the "Artists' Choice" and "Award of Excellence" at the recent 55th Annual Art and Animal show at Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, NY.