Calvin Nicholls, Canadian Paper Sculpture Artist Is A Master Of Paper Art

by Sherry Riter in Art  

I’m pretty sure that coloring in my Pink Panther or Tom & Jerry coloring books can even compare to the beautiful paper sculptures designed and created by Canadian artist, Calvin Nicholls.

Since 1986, Calvin has created his works of art from his studio with a pencil, sheets of paper, a very sharp scalpel and a little glue. When he has finished a piece, it will be about 1 1/2 feet wide by 2 feet long in size and take anywhere between four weeks to two years to complete.

In the Follett Library near Chicago, Illinois, a collection of over seventy-five art sculptures by Calvin Nicholls are displayed. However, since he started the paper art sculptures, he has produced over five hundred pieces.

After thirty years of honing his art form, Calvin has mastered the paper techniques used to create amazingly realistic pieces that bring such creatures as frogs, hummingbirds, zebras, squirrels, ferrets and lions to life.

Besides enjoying the art, I want you to remember something that Calvin Nicholls said…

“I developed my art to the point where I blended many of my passions – wildlife, the natural world, photography, design, model making, sculpture, light and shadow and have managed to indulge all of them…When I started out in the early 1980’s I didn’t see this being my job nearly thirty years later.”

The future is always open to possibilities beyond our wildest imaginations.















jack rabbit






Of course, I’m sure you remember why the last picture is the moose.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TJ November 27, 2011 at 12:57 am

Isn't he just wonderful, I love this art!! Makes me want to get my paper and glue out! Thank you for sharing

love mom


2 Stéfan November 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

This is spectacular!


3 Buckeroomama November 27, 2011 at 5:57 am

These are so amazing! All made with paper? Wow.


4 PJ November 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

Hey Gal! Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I started to say "I'm not much on art, until your pictures started popping up. (My computer is being persnickety today and slow). Anyway those are beautiful! I love them. This guy has given me a new perspective on art.

Anyway, I also have a question for you. You always have such beautiful pictures, and you know how mine are. (not good at all). I bought my hubby (he's also pretty good but not as good as you).I bought him a new "Sony SLR Camera with a 18-55mm lens, tripod and case for Christmas. I have no idea what all of means (the lens) so I was curious to know if I did ok. He's always saying he wanted a good camera with a zoom lens. Can you tell me if I got the right thing?


5 Bauke Kamstra (@wyrde) November 28, 2011 at 1:50 am

Thank you for the opportunity to see these, I will have to look for an opportunity to see them for real.

I originally presumed you meant the moose as a Canadian symbol, but I followed the link. Moose are magnificent creatures, there is no doubt. As an East Coast Canadian I can tell you they can be a problem, simply because they are so big, and occasionally become numerous. There are many around St. John's NFLD who currently prefer not to drive at night for that reason.

I saw a documentary where a farmer in, I believe Norway, is milking Moose and producing a rare and highly sought-after cheese!

Someone should tell them about that in NFLD.

Bauke Kamstra (@wyrde)


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