Cut paper art by Calvin Nicholls

Calvin’s love of art and nature was inspired by growing up in the Canadian countryside. He worked as a designer but began experimenting with paper in 1984. His appreciation for the subjects he works with continues today, being a member of the ‘Society of Animal Artists’ and ‘Artists for Conservation’. Below, he describes the specific materials he uses and the process he’s refined over the course of his career.

Research for my sculptures often includes consultation with ornithologists at the Royal Ontario Museum who allow me to access study skins and mounted specimens.

Rehabilitation centres, exotic animal farms and zoos offer the opportunity for me to observe habits and gesture with the assistance of staff and animal handlers. These sessions when combined with field sketching and reference photography trips create the basis for my preliminary sketches.





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